5 Savory Snacks To Try this Diwali

5 Diwali snacks To Make
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Try these  healthier  KICKED UP  version of  popular  Diwali snacks.  These  can  be  prepared  ahead  of  time   and   travels  well  and stays  fresh  for   few  days.

India is the land of  festivals,  each  region  celebrating  its own unique  customs  and  cultures.  Among these Diwali   stands  out  as  the  most  widely celebrated  among the  Indian   diaspora.  There is  gift giving,  sugar overload,  decorations, entertainment, light displays and parties.  What  more  can  you ask for  in  a  festival?

The  sweet  boxes are a  mandatory  part of  celebrations. There  are thee pretty packaged  sweets,  assortment  of  nut and  much more.  As  much as  I love  to  sample  to  various  flavors  of   soan papai and  ladoos  after a   few  dozen  packs (sampling  of  course!) , I find  myself  craving  for  something salty, spicy and  large  pitcher of  water (or  smoothing  stronger).

It is  not  just  I;  even the  sugar  monsters in  the  family start  looking  for  something  to  take  the  edge  off.

So I asked a  few  blogger  friends  to share  their    Diwali savory  fixes,  and  here  we  have  a collection of  traditional but   kicked up versions.

These are  all  fried  crispy snacks  that  stay  fresh  for a  few  days. Usually snacks  like  these  were  what freed the  ladies from  non stop cooking  and  feeding.   A  few  of  these  mad e in bulk and  stored  in airtight  containers  made  their  days   easier,  freeing  them  to entertain  and  enjoy  the  festivities more.

Try some  of  these kicked  up  versions   along  with  your  traditional family favorites this  year –  some are  healthier , some are prettier  and   some  are  spicier.

1.Acahri Matri

Achar  is the  Indian pickle. These  pickles  usually  have  liberal  dose  of  chilies  and other  spices. Like the  name  suggests  this   snack is  made  with  Achar  spices.  Not only is it  spicier, it is   made  with  whole  wheat  flour  too.  A  kicked  up  Diwali snack that is  that is  healthier  too —  how  much  better  can it  get ?  Try the Achari Matri  from  Astha’s Kitchen 

2.Bengali Elo Jhelo

Doesn’t   it  look  pretty ?   It reminds me  of  the  champak  flower  that  is  just  beginning  to bloom.  This is a  savory version of  Bengali Elo Jhelo  from  Motions  and  Emotions. 

3.Namkeen Khaja

Khaja is   lovely version of   the most common  matri. Think of  matri as  a  flaky biscuit (cookie)  that is  fried.  The  most  common  version being   made  with flour,  ghee,  a pinch of salt   and  cumin  or  carom seeds.  I loved  the shape  of  this one.

Here is  the  savory khaja  from  Cook  With  Renu.  Tea  time  can’t  come  any sooner !

4.Millet  Murukku

This   picture  took me  back to  the  days when mom  used  to make  fresh  snacks  for  us  when we  get  back  home   from  school 😊.  There is something  very  comforting  here –  the  warmth of  the hot  oil , the  flavors  wafting  through the  air,  and  carefree  munching  of  the   growing  up year.

Oh  did  I mention that  it  is  nutritionally dense ?  Millets  are  a powerhouse  of  good  things – but  who cares  it  tastes  good  – and  that’s all that  matters  now 😊.

Here is  the  millet  murukku or  chakali    from  Cooking  With Pree.

 

5.Sev

This is one  unassuming  snack.  It  does  not  look or  taste spectacular,  but   you can  munch on  these  endlessly !  Have  a  few  of  these  with lemon  rice  or  tomato rice.  Make a  simple  gravy an   serve  when  unexpected   guests   arrive.   Or  just  serve  these   with chai    while   you try to  figure  dinner  out !

Sev is  so  versatile, I  couldn’t  resist  adding  this  from  Cook  With Renu. 

 

What  are  your  favorite  DIWALI snacks ?  Comment  below  and  let  me  know .

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