I was at a party the other day. I watched people chomp down on a wide array of snacks; and as they were eating, I could see the guilt on their faces. Many were making promises of an extra workout that week.
This got me thinking. Since when did we forget the sheer joy of enjoying a snack, just for what it is? Have we forgotten what “guilt free snacking” feels like anymore? So here’s to eating in moderation and relishing every bite. Here’s my all time favorite snacks:
Bhel Puri : A perfect Bhel has imli (tamarind) chutney that is tangy, sweet and with a tinge of spiciness. The green chutney is fresh, spicy and with the taste of lime. The puffed rice, sev, crushed puris, onions, cilantro mixed with the chutneys, just enough to blend.
Pani Puri: The explosion of the spiced water in my mouth, with the crispy puri and the simple flavors of the stuffing….YUM!
Hot Vada Sambar: Back in my college days, my friends and I would sneak out of the dorm and go across the street, to get a delicious bite of crispy fried savory vadas, soaked perfectly in hot spicy sambar.
Vada Pav: I remember the evening walk to the market with my mom. Our last stop was at this street stall. A hot potato fritter (spiced mash potato mix dipped in a chick pea batter and deep fried) sandwiched between a bread roll with green chutney.
Spiced Corn on the Cobb: This road side snack has now been transformed to “hot corn in a cone” in a mall setting in India. I like the new make over, but I prefer the old time hit. Fire roasted corn on the cobb with chillies and chaat masala and a squeeze of lime. Delicious!
Murukku : My mom and grand mom were experts at making these. It takes time and precision to make each murukku. Rice flour dough made into twisted circles. We would whip out a whole bunch on huge plastic sheets, and carefully slide each into hot oil.
Kachoris: These fried beauties, with dry stuffing inside, are great with afternoon chai tea.
Roasted Peanuts: I had fun nibbling this with my sons in the streets of Bangalore. The freshly roasted peanut is dry, less oily and has a sweet aftertaste.
Bakharvadis: I was introduced to these little devils, a very long time ago in Chennai. My mom’s extended family from the north would make our home their hub for their travels down south. A cousin gave her a bag of Bakharvadis, and told her that it was a Pune speciality. I am still hooked on to these little devils.
Nachos, Chips, mozarrella sticks, jalpeno poppers. Did all this snack talk get your juices flowing. What is your favorite snack?