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Indian food dishes; 5 delicious, healthy evening snacks for kids

Updated on July 12, 2017

Snacks are food items which everyone loves to eat. They are light appetizers that won’t make you feel full. There are a variety of snacks available if you poke around a food shop. Colorful, delicious and highly decorated ready-made snacks allure children and excessive consumption of them is harmful. But if you can spend a little time for preparing these home-made healthy snacks belonging to Indian food dishes, you can at least save your kid from eating those junk foods. Try these and share your experience with me. I personally make these in the evenings when my son comes back after school.

bread upma
bread upma | Source

1. Bread Upma

Bread……4

Onion……1

Tomato......1

Green chilly……2

Curry leaves……a bunch

Turmeric powder………1/4 tsp

Salt.......to taste

Sesame oil…..1 to 2 tsp

For tempering

Mustard seeds……..1/2 tsp

For garnishing

Coriander leaves

Preparation

Cut the bread into smaller pieces. Chop the onion into slices. Cut tomato into small pieces.

Take a ‘kadai’ or a deep thick bottomed wok and heat gently. Pour sesame oil and mustard seeds into it. When they crackle, add chopped onions and tomatoes into it and fry. Pour turmeric powder, salt, curry leaves and stir well. Finally mix the bread pieces with these contents, stir well and garnish with coriander leaves. Bread Upma is delicious and children love to eat it.

Corn chaat
Corn chaat | Source

2. Corn chaat

Ingredients

Corn maize…………1

Chat Masala……….to taste

Pepper……..1 tsp

Lime juice……….1 tsp


Preparation

Cook the corn maize with salt in a pressure cooker. Put them into a bowl, mix well with Chat masala, pepper and lime juice. This is an easy and tasty dish rich in vitamins.


Semia upma
Semia upma | Source

3. Vermicelli (Semia) Upma

Ingredients

Vermicelli.....2 cups

Water..........4 to 5 cups
Onion ....1

Carrot…..1

Beans......1

Green peas.....20 pods

Green chilies ...2
Curry leaves ... a small bunch
Turmeric powder ... 1/4 tsp
Salt ....to taste
Sesame oil…….1 tsp

Clarified butter.....1tsp

For tempering:
mustard seeds .........1 tsp.

Black gram Sabut…..1tsp
Asafoetida ................a pinch

Dry red chilies .......... 2

Preparation

Break the vermicelli into small pieces in a sieve. Chop the onion into small slices. Cut carrot and beans into small pieces. Boil green peas and keep aside.

Take a kadai or a deep bottomed wok, pour 1tsp of sesame oil and heat gently. Add the tempering ingredients to it. When they crackle, add slices of onion, turmeric powder, green chilies and sauté them. Pour water along-with carrots and beans. Cook them fine. Finally pour the vermicelli into the pan, add green peas, salt and 1 tsp clarified butter and stir it well with the ingredients in it. Vermicelli upma is ready to serve.

Note: Amount of water may vary depending upon the time taken for the vegetables to cook. In such cases, add more or less water.

Kanda poha
Kanda poha | Source

4. Kanda Poha


Poha (rice flakes)..... 1 cup
Potato... 1
Onion ....1
Green chilies ...2
Curry leaves ... a small bunch
Turmeric powder ... 1/4 tsp
Salt ....to taste
Sesame oil…….1 tsp

For tempering:
Cumin seeds ... 1 tsp.
Asafoetida ......a pinch
Dry red chilies ... 2

For garnishing:
Coriander leaves ....handful
Lemon juice.

Preparation

Put the Poha in a dish, wash with water and drain. Set them aside for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile boil the potato and cut it into small cubes. Chop the onion into small slices.

Take a ‘kadai’ or deep bottomed wok, pour 1tsp of sesame oil and heat gently. Add the tempering ingredients to it. When they turn brown, add slices of onion, turmeric powder, green chilies and sauté them. Mix with boiled potato pieces and salt.

Finally pour the Poha into the pan and stir it well with the ingredients in it. Garnish with coriander leaves and lemon juice on the top and serve.

Bread Uthappam
Bread Uthappam | Source

5. Bread Uthappam


Bread………….4 pieces

Semolina (suji rawa)…….1/2 cup

Yoghurt…….1/2 cup

Onion (sliced)……..1/4 cup

Capsicum (chopped)……..1/4 cup

Carrot (chopped)………1/4 cup

Green chilly………2

Clarified butter……1 to 2 tsp

Salt……..to taste

Preparation

Roast the semolina in a pan. Mix it with yoghurt in a bowl. When a fine paste is formed, add onion, capsicum, carrot, green chilly pieces and salt to it. Mix them well and set aside. You can add a little water to it if the paste is very thick and solid.

Take a frying pan and heat it in medium flame. When the pan becomes hot, spread the paste on one side of the bread and place it on the pan with the pasted side pointing to the bottom. Rub with a little clarified butter on the top of it and roast. Let it roast good for 2-3 minutes and then reverse for roasting both the sides. Rub with clarified butter both times. Bread Uthappam is ready for your children to eat.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks rumana for making such a nice comment. Try to make these recipes at home and share your experience here. Thanks for the vote too.

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      Rumana 4 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

      Hi Radhikasree,

      I am from Gujarat, but don't know many of such recipes. I like khicchu, dhokla, handvo but I haven't ever tried to make it at home.

      Your above recipe is awesome.

      Voted up Useful!!

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks ishwaryaa22 for stopping by and leaving a comment. I'm glad to hear that you've tried some of them and hope you enjoyed them as well. Thank you very much for the votes and share.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      An engaging hub filled with easy recipes, direct instructions and appetizing-looking photos! I have already tried the first 3 snacks and I would like to try the last 2 snack-recipes. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & shared socially

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi shampa sadhya,

      You're absolutely right as finding a new dish to serve is not so easy. I'm glad that you could benefit from my servings. Thanks for the votes and share.

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      Shampa Sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up and useful!

      It's great to have so many recipes at one time because it's tough to serve something new every time. Thanks for serving recipes and now it's my turn to serve tasty dishes to my loved ones. Sharing it.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      @HawaiiHeart

      Thanks for the compliment and best wishes for trying these dishes.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks Rahul for making the great comment. I can understand from your words how much you miss your mother!!

      Yes, these exotic dishes won't leave anyone disappointed.

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      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Love having my kids try new dishes - but I think I'd want to try these too! Thanks for sharing.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Utterly delicious snacks...!! I live away from my home and you reminded me of my mother cooking me these for school on my demands everyday..

      Indian exotic dishes are tastier than anything in the world and the taste knows no bounds when cooked by your mum!

      great hub!

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      @Ruchira

      Thank you for the lovely comment. I've to prepare them sometimes on week days too. Thanks for the votes and share.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi tammyswallow,

      It's great to hear that your child eats natural foods. Most of the children of this age today are interested in fast foods. Thanks for commenting and sharing. Have a nice day!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      love each of them, radhika. I usually prepare them on weekends.

      voted up and sharing!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Very interesting recipes. Most of these are new to me. I love learning about new foods. I have a three year old who will only eat green beans, cheese, and yogurt. She will not eat things like ice cream or french fries. I guess I got lucky. Great hub!

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      The traditional upma we make using semolina is what comes to mind when we hear "Upma". But now various upmas from a variety of ingredients are made out very attractive. These are some easy, tasty, quick making snacks that are catchy to the children's eye. Thanks for the nice compliment and vote.

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      jeyaramd 5 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      Upma is definitely a healthy recipe for kids. Its much better than feeding them fast food on the go. I think children will enjoy the food if you somehow get them involved n the preparation. Also, adding cool and creative ideas will win them over. Sometimes, animal shaped cracker in soups, for instance, will heighten their imagination. Great hub. Voted up.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Welcome chamilj to my hub and glad to know that you love Indian foods. Thanks for the vote and share.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Yes, Kanda Poha is liked by many and it's a perfect snack for children after-school. Thanks for sharing and pinning.

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      chamilj 5 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Thanks for the recipe! I love Indian Foods. Voted up and shared.

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      Trsmd 5 years ago from India

      Kanda poha is a typical mahar ashtrian snacks and it will be available in hotel as breakfast. I have tasted and enjoyed a lot. Thanks for sharing and pinned.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi thumbi, evening snacks are really a puzzle. Their taste and looks matters a lot to children. Thanks for voting up and sharing.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      I find evening snacks a puzzle because children demand variety.

      Thanks for putting up five different items

      Voting up and sharing:)

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi nityanandagaurang, I'm so pleased that you liked these snacks very much. Thanks for stopping by, for passing a comment and for voting up.

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      nityanandagaurang 5 years ago

      I liked your all snacks very much.Specially by seeing your picture i am feeling hungry.Very Useful hub radhikasree.Voting it up.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      This may be exotic to you, but you'll definitely like them once you taste. Thanks Movie Master for the comment and vote.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Yes, these snacks are healthy for adults too. It takes very less time to prepare them. Thanks alocsin for visiting this hub and vote.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      They are also exotic sounding to us 'Brits' but they sound so inviting and delicious, I shall have to try them, voting up!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      These are certainly exotic dishes to Americans. But I'm willing to try them out because they seem tasty -- these can be healthy snacks for adults too. Voting this Up and Useful.

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