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Healthy easy-to-make snacks
Evening snacks the traditional way!
Everybody loves snacks. These are healthy and easy to make as the ingredients are all commonly available. The best part is all these snacks do not take much time to cook. It will be an instant hit with your family. They can also be used as tiffin box snacks and can be packed to school for your kids. The nutritional value in these type of foods is high though the ingredients look simple. The combination in the right ratio is very important to release the flavors in these foods. Try them in a small quantity till you become confident of the taste and texture. After that you can cook for a large number of people. Many of these snacks are famously made of special occasions or family celebrations.
Ubittu is a snack best served with tea. It is easy to prepare and is done on many festivals.
For the batter:
Pastry Flour - 500 g
Salt to taste
Oil to fry
For the Stuffing:
Roasted Gram - 250 g
Grated Coconut - 1 cup
Sugar - 100 grams
Mix the pastry flour, salt and sugar along with a little water to make the batter and keep it aside.(similar to Dosa Batter)
Grind roasted gram to a coarse powder.
Mix it with grated coconut and sugar.
Add a little water to the mixture and make it into small balls.
Keep oil in a pan to heat.
When the oil is ready, dip these balls into the batter and fry till they become golden brown.
Ubittu is ready!
Serve with Coffee or Tea.
Instead of roasted gram, Bengal gram can also be used. In that case, Bengal gram has to be cooked previously before grinding it into coarse powder.
Sooji(Semolina) - 500 gm
Jaggery- 250 gm
Coconut (grated) - 2 cups
Ghee - 100 gm
Water as required
Salt as required
Fry the sooji in ghee till it becomes golden brown.
Fry the grated coconut in oil and keep it aside.
Mix the sooji and coconut with the other ingredients above to make a paste.
Mould the paste into small balls.
Cook them in steam using the normal idly cooker for twenty minutes.
Remove after 20 minutes and serve hot.
Snacks with a twist
This is a snack which is famous in my family. Sometimes it is even had as breakfast during festivals.
Prep Time: Half an hour
Total Time: One hour
- Sugar : 200 gm
- Maida Flour : 500 g
- Baking Soda : 1/4 tsp
- Water (as required)
- Oil to fry
- Mix all the above ingredients and beat it into a fine jelly-like paste.
- Keep it covered for half an hour for the paste to set.
- Heat oil in a pan.
- Take a flat bottomed utensil (approximately 4″). Turn it upside down and cover the vessel’s bottom with a clean wet cloth.
- On it,spread the jelly like paste in small quantities.
- Tilt the cloth slightly to transfer the jelly spread to your hand then to the heated oil carefully.
- Keep turning the sides. When both the sides become light golden brown, remove them from the oil.
- Serve hot with coffee or tea
This is done in two versions - the sweet and the hot one. Generally it is done in the given method
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: half an hour
- Maida Flour : 500 Gm
- Sugar : 200 Gm
- Salt to taste
- Baking Soda : A pinch
- Coconut : Cut into small pieces
- Dried fruits : 50 gm
- Water as required
- Mix all the above ingredients into a batter
- Paniyaram is done is a separate pan called the Paniyaram Pan. A small pan has six grooves. In the pan pour oil.
- When the oil is heated, pour the batter into the provisions given in the pan.
- When one side becomes, light brown, turn it to the other side using a thin stick.
- Remove from oil when both the sides have become golden brown.
- Serve hot