Snacks n Starters

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Snacks and starters work as appetizers. They are all yummy, savory preparations. There is a wide range of snacks & starters. These can be finger snacks or may need to be served in plates. The dishes can also be served as a part of morning breakfast or in between the meals. Some of them can be served as Sunday brunch too.


oat pulav Oat Pulav With Tofu and Sweet Corn- Oat is a good source of fibers. There are many different savory preparations, desserts, and salads that can be made out of oat. This is a delicious preparation of oat pulav. You can serve this dish in the breakfast, brunch, dinner or it can be packed in lunch box. We have used tofu in this recipe to make it healthy as well as nutritious.
sprouts with kachumar Moat sprouts with kachumar- Moat (also spelled as moath) are oval shape beans that can be easily found in Indian and Asian grocery stores. These are also available in most health/ organic stores. Sprouts (germinated seeds) are a good source of digestive enzymes; these are also rich in amino acids, vitamins, proteins etc. Sprouts can be easily made at home...There is a variety of delicacies made from sprouts.
Potato Cutlets Potato Cutlets- Potato cutlets- a very simple and most popular variety of vegetarian cutlets from India. Last weekend we visited our friends Ruchi and Sushil and they had made these cutlets for us with tea. These cutlets reminded me of Kanpur . When we were there we used to make these cutlets often in monsoon. I was surprised to see that these cutlets were not here in the website so here they are for my readers.
Noodle Cutlets Noodle Cutlets- Noodle cutlets is a yummy Indo Chinese appetizer. As the name shows these cutlets have been made with noodles, assorted veggies and boiled potatoes. To make these cutlets healthy, these have been cooked in very little oil. Try these delicious noodle cutlets and do not forget to share your comments. ..
Khatta Dhokla Khatta Dhokla-Dhokla's are steam cooked snacks from Gujarat (Western India), made with fermented batter of different flours. I grew up in North India seeing just one variety of Dhokla. Later on through my Gujarati friends I came to know about white dhokla / Khatta dhokla (rice based), Semolina (sooji) dhokla, Khaman dhokla, lentil (dal) dhokla etc., etc.…....
Baked Mathri Baked Mathri-Mathris are very famous North Indian snacks. Usually mathris are deep fried tea time snacks, but here we are making baked mathri. To make these mathris healthier I have used wheat flour, and semolina along with all purpose flour (maida). The good thing about mathris is that they can be stored in air tight containers for a month or even longer. These are good finger snacks for parties or for evening …..
Paneer65 Paneer 65-Paneer 65 is a very popular appetizer from South India. For this dish, paneer is marinated in a spicy batter and then deep fried. I am not very sure about the origin of the name paneer 65 but can assure you that it is a mouthwatering snack and can be a great finger food for the parties. So let’s make this delicious dish and please do not forget to share your comments…....…..
Methi Mathri Methi Mathri-Mathris are very famous North Indian snacks. Usually mathris are deep fried tea time snack. Here we are making baked methi mathri. To make these mathris healthier I have used wheat flour. The good thing about mathris is that they can be stored in air tight containers for a month or even longer. This is a good finger snack for parties or for evening tea. Try out these mathris and please do share your comments…...
Soyabeans Soyabeans-Soyabean is a very good source of Protein and diatery fibers. It is also a good source of Iron, Magnesium, etc...This is an easy to make healthy and delicious preparation of soyabeans. You can also make kebabs, rolls, etc by using soyabeans. Try this delicacy and please do sharte your comments....
Healthy Idlis Healthy Idlis- Idlis are steam cooked savory cakes. These healthy and delectable idlis are made with oat, semolina, carrots, yogurt, and raisins, and have been seasoned with mustard seeds and curry leaves. A very dear friend of mine shared this recipe over the phone and advised me to try it. I wasn't very sure how kids will react with but to my surprise the idlies turned out wonderfully soft ..
Cheese Dosa Cheese Dosa-Dosas are fine pancakes of fermented lentil and rice batter. Dosas can be made with different flavors by adding different stuffings, such as - masala dosa, onion dosa , paneer dosa, etc… Cheese dosas are easy to make and loved by kids. My daughter is not a big fan of dosa but when a friend introduced this variation of regular masala dosa to her, she loved it..
moat bean sprouts Moat Bean Sprouts-Moat also spelled as moath are oval shape beans that can be easily found in Indian and Asian grocery stores. These are also available in most health/ organic stores. This is a highly nutritious breakfast recipe of moat sprouts for all ages. Sprouts (germinated seeds) are a good source of digestive enzymes; these are also rich in amino acids, vitamins, proteins etc. . .
Soy Patties Soy Patties-Nutritious , mouth watering soy patties are made with soy granules and veggies. Soy granules are made from soy flour and are high in protein. Soy is a good source of protein for vegans. Textured soy granules can be easily found in Organic/ Natural food stores.Try out this delicious and very healthy snack...
Baingani Baingani(Eggplant Fritters)–Brinjal is commonly known as Eggplant in USA and Aubergine in France and also in some other countries. Eggplant fritters are very popular in Kanpur and called as Baingani (बैंगनी) . Baingani can be easily found at any roadside chaat vendor's stall in Kanpur. Here is the recipe of this yummy fritter (Pakora).....
Lazeez Moong Dal Lazeez Moong Dal- Moong (or Mung) dal is a good source of protein. Lazeez (an Urdu word for delicious) moong dal is an easy to make dish. It can be served for the morning breakfast or as a chaat item for parties. This recipe comes to us from Kajal, who is a regular reader of ChezShuchi. Kajal shared the recipe with me and requested that I make this dish as per her suggestions and explain it step by ....
Mirchi Vada Mirchi Vada-Mirchi vada (chili cutlet) is a very popular deep fried snack from Rajasthan . Mirchi vada are stuffed with potato filling and then coated with gram flour (besan) paste before frying. It is also called as mirchi bhajii in Southern India. Mirchi bhajii has different filling of spices and sesame then mirchi vadas. Lets make mirchi vada...
Nylon Dhokla Nylon Dhokla-Dhokla's are steam cooked snacks from Gujarat (Western India); made with fermented batter of different flours. Nylon Dhokla is a very spongy and soft dhokla. This is a light, healthy, delicious and nutritious breakfast dish. Try this spongy dhokla out and please do share your comments.....
Hariyali_Tikki Hariyali Tikki-- Hariyali tikki- the word hariyali means green in Hindi and tikki is a patty, so this recipe is about green patties. These green tikkis are made with spinach, peas, and potatoes, and flavored with mild spices. This is a nutritious snack. It can also be a good option for kids' lunch boxes............
Matara Matara- Matara or matar chaat is made with yellow peas. This is an easy to make, low calorie snack / chaat dish. There are numerous delicacies made with yellow peas. Yellow peas are a good source of protein so this preparation is delicious as well as nutritious. So try out this mouth watering chaat….........
Paneer_Sandwich Paneer Sandwich-- Paneer is an all time favorite! This paneer sandwich is a good source of protein, carbohydrate, fibers and calcium. This is a substantial breakfast dish, and is also an ideal option for picnics, and kids' lunch boxes... I have used whole wheat bread to make this sandwich.............
Noorani_Kebab Noorani Kebab--Noorani Seekh Kebab is a low-fat, easy to make starter. Traditionally Kebabs are associated with meat, but this is a vegetarian delicacy from Lucknow. This Mughalai dish is rich in protein, and Calcium. I have made Noorani Kebabs many times for parties and have always had rave reviews........
Patra Patra- Patra is a very famous Gujarati dish. It is also known as pataude in some regions of India. This dish is made with Colocasia leaves ( in Hindi it is known as ARBI ke patte). Patra is a low calorie delicacy - it is steam cooked and after steaming is fried in very little oil. Patras are usually served as starters. I am really thankful to my mother in law who shared this recipe and made it for us...
Paneer cheela Paneer cheelas- Cheela is a Hindi word for pancakes made with lentils or with flour paste. This is a delicious Paneer preparation (Indian cottage cheese). Paneer cheelas are rich in calcium, protein, and also in carbohydrate. It is a good, substantial option for kids' lunch boxes. Paneer cheela can be made in different ways....
Matar Ki Ghugni Matar Ki Ghugni –This is a green peas preparation. Matar ki ghugni is my mother’s recipe. She used to make it very often in winters when bazaars are filled with green peapods. Ginger is a key ingredient for this recipe as it helps in digestion. Try out this delicious delicacy from UP in the winter season.…
Lauki Ke Cheele Lauki Ke Cheele-Lauki ke Cheele (pa ncakes of bottle gourd) – This is a very delicious dish. I have taken two lentils ; moong dal and gram (chana ) dal for this recipe; if you want you can take only moong dal. Lauki (bottle gourd) is one of the lightest vegetable and lentil and veggie combination makes a very delicious dish. Try out this recipe and please do not forget to write your comments….
samosa Samosa - Samosas are the evergreen and popular deep fried Indian snack known all over the world. These are triangular shaped patties stuffed with spicy potatoes. They can be served with tamarind and green chutney.
namak pare Namak Pare - Namak pare are traditional deep fried savory preparation from Marwar / Rajasthan. Use wheat flour to make this delicacy healthier. Namak Pare can also be made with same dough like Mathri. Namak Pare are easy to serve and are loved by everyone. This can also be used in the preparation of bhelpoori....
Bread Rolls Bread Rolls -Bread rolls are deep fried snacks, made with potato stuffing in center of the bread. This is a very delicious and mouth watering snack from North India. It is easy to make and does not take much time. So if you don't mind fried snacks, make bread rolls and enjoy...
Bread Ka Poha Bread Ka Poha -In todays fast going life, bread has become an integral part of our routine. There are countless dishes which can be made from the bread. In bread ka poha we have replaced regular flattened rice flakes with bread. This is a easy to make, light, and mouth watering dish.
Namkeen Sewai Namkeen Sewai -Namkeen is a Hindi word means Savory, and  Sewai  are vermicelli. So this is a delicious, nutritious as well as healthy  preparation. Vermicelli  are usually made out of wheat sooji (semolina). And plus we have added vegetables in this so it is full of health...
Paneer ke Pakore Paneer ke Pakore (Cottage Cheese Pakora) -This is a very popular deep fried snack. Paneer pakoras are one of the most popular pakora variety all across the India. It is very rich in flavour and very tasty to eat.
Sooji Ka Dhokla Sooji Ka Dhokla -Dhokla's are basically steam cooked snacks from Gujarat (Western India); made with fermented batter of different flours. This is a easy to follow and quick recipe for Semolina(sooji) ka Dhokla. This is very light, healthy, delicious and nutritious breakfast..
Aloo ke Pakore Aloo ke Pakore (Potato Pakora) -This is a very popular deep fried snack. I like to make pakoras for big parties, because it is easy to serve and everybody loves pakoras. This is a very yummy preparation for aloo pakora..
Aate ka Namkeen Halwa Aate ka Namkeen Halwa -This is a very nutritious breakfast made out of wheat flour.Aaate ka namkeen halwa is easy to make low fat breakfast.
Pyaj ke Pakore Pyaj ke Pakore -This is a very popular deep fried snack. I like to make pakoras for the big parties also, because it is easy to serve and everybody loves pakore. In some parts of India pyaj ke pakores are also known as bhajiya.
masoor ke kebab Masoor ke Kebab -Traditionally Kebab is associated with meat preparations - but this is a vegetarian version of Kebab. This dish is rich in protein, fibers and vitamin B1. This is a low-fat, easy to make starter. I have made this many times for the parties and always had rave reviews.
Papri Chaat Papri Chaat -Papri Chaat is also called as sev poori in some parts of India. This is an easy to make chaat delicacy. Papri means crispy with layers. So small papris , filled with boiled potatoes, topped with chutneys and seasoned with spices are called as papri chaat.
medu_vada Medu Vadas- These are South Indian snacks served usually in breakfast menu. Medu vadas are specific kind of vadas which have a hole in the middle (like American doughnuts). This deep fried lentil preparation is served with Sambar and coconut chutney.
mathri Mathri- Mathris are very famous North Indian snacks.The good thing about mathris is that they can be stored in air tight containers for a month or even longer. This is a good finger snack for parties or for evening tea.
upma Upma- is a very popular south Indian breakfast dish. Upma is made of rava/suji/semolina. Different vegetables can be added to make it more delicious as well as nutritious. It is absolutely low-fat so if you are health conscious, this is the right choice for you.
paneer tikka Paneer Tikka-- Paneer tikka is a Mughlai dish traditionally made in tandoor (Clay Oven). This is one of the best tandoori vegetarian dishes. This dish has variety of bell pepper (capscium/Shimla mirch) which are rich in vitamin A and Vitamin C also.This is a low fat starter.
poha Poha- This is a breakfast dish. Poha is made with beaten rice with vegetables and mildly flavored with spices. This is a low fat Gujarati dish perfect for breakfast.
bread-dhokla Bread ka Dhokla- Bread ka dhokla is made out of ready made regular English breads. I am calling it Dhokla because bread is made out of fermented flour and we make the seasoning like we do in regular Dhokla. This is a easy to make breakfast for the weekends. (Dhokla is a steam cooked Gujarati snack made out of fermented flour.)
kale chane Kale Chane- Kale Chane also called as Black/Bengal Grams are very rich in protein. It is a perfect breakfast dish if you are looking for something substantial. It is a low fat preparation but very delicious.
Sookhi moong dal Sookhi Moong Dal- Moong (sometimes spelled as Mung) dal is a good source of protein, yet it is easy to digest. This is a low fat, low spice, healthy preparation for breakfast.
Moong dal cheela Moong Dal Cheela- Cheela is a Hindia word for fine pan cakes made with lentils or with flours. This dish can be served for the breakfast or even as a brunch.Moong dal cheela can also be sent in the school lunch boxes .
pav bhaji Pav Bhaji- Pav Bhaji is a very popular combo from Western India, especially from Maharashtra. Bhaji is cooked vegetables in diced onion and tomato masala with spices and Pav is a variety of bread . This combo is very popular all around India and it can be an ideal dish for weekend parties, big gathering, kids birthdays, etc.... Make the bhaji in advance and just fry the buns at the time of serving.l....