10 Healthy Evening Snacks, From Chana Chaat To Gobi Popcorn

It’s easier to eat healthy if you can have fun in the kitchen. While breakfast recipes are all about packing in the protein, vitamins and essential nutrients and also about saving time, your choice of evening snacks can be creative if you have even 30 minutes in the kitchen. It’s important to note that evening snacks have a key role to play in your daily diet. If you consume something healthy and filling after sun-down, you’re less likely to over-eat at dinner. So a hearty evening snack can also help you keep your appetite in check.

If you prefer super light evening snacks and heavier dinners, consider a more efficient balance. You can get plenty of nutrients during your evening meal so your dinner can be lighter and more digestible. If you’re used to having nuts, seeds or khakhra in the evenings, maybe try adding more to your bowl. Add some chopped veggies and curd to your serving of plain chana or use your khakhra rolls to make a healthy and filling veggie wrap! If you’re looking for out-of-the-box ideas here are some great healthy snacks you can make in the evenings

Roasted Chickpeas Or Chana Chaat

This delicious, sweet-and-sour snack can be whipped up in minutes! Chickpeas and chanas are packed with protein and fibre and keep you feeling full and satisfied. Seasoned with a blend of spices like chaat masala, cumin, and coriander, roasted chickpeas offer a delightful crunch with a burst of flavours. You can also turn this into a proper chaat with some diced tomatoes, sprouts, chillies, tamarind sauce and a hint of dahi.

Baked Samosas with Mint Chutney

Love samosas but hate the grease? Try baked samosas which are not deep-fried but still retain the taste and aroma of regular samosas. Put together a mix of spiced potatoes, peas, and other vegetables and simply bake them till they’re golden brown and cooked evenly. You can pair it with mint chutney or ketchup.

Mixed Nuts and Seeds

A handful of mixed nuts and seeds is a classic and wholesome option for an evening snack. Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and seeds like pumpkin and sunflower provide a rich source of healthy fats, proteins, and essential vitamins. This snack not only supports heart health but also boosts brain function. You can make your own mix and store it in the fridge so you can use it for munching.

Dhokla Bites

Dhokla, a steamed fermented cake made from rice and chickpea flour, is a popular snack and is beloved by calorie-conscious foodies. It typically comes in fluffy, sizeable cubes or blocks but they can be sliced or cut into bite-sized portions and topped with a hint of spicy tadka. It can be paired with mint chutney or a tangy tamarind sauce for added taste.

Khakra Rolls with Paneer Filling

Crispy khakhra has long been a healthy snack option for anyone who is looking to avoid empty calories. However, if you find the thin cracker-like bread to be too light, it can be filled with a delicious mix of paneer, vegetables, and spices. These rolls provide a balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and fibre. 

Bhel Puri

You can easily make bhelpuri at home with the usual ingredients and it could totally be a low-carb snack! The delicious street food snack can be made healthier by using puffed rice, chopped vegetables, and a tangy tamarind sauce. This low-calorie option offers a mix of textures and flavours, making it a favourite among those looking for a light yet satisfying evening snack.

Ragi And Veggie Cutlets

Ragi is a nutritious whole grain that is high in fibre and essential minerals. Incorporating ragi into cutlets with a mix of finely chopped vegetables creates a wholesome and satisfying snack. Not to mention you get the benefit of veggies and whole grains. These cutlets can be baked or shallow-fried for a crunchy exterior.

Poha with Mixed Vegetables

Poha, a popular Indian breakfast dish, can also be a terrific all-day snack. Cooked with mustard seeds, curry leaves, and an assortment of vegetables, poha is light, easy to digest, and rich in carbohydrates. It offers a perfect balance of flavours, making it a comforting and healthy choice for a snack.

Whole Wheat Masala Pita Bread with Tzatziki

Whole wheat pita bread, toasted and filled with a mix of sautéed vegetables and spices, creates a flavorful and healthy snack. Pairing it with tzatziki, a yoghurt-based dip with cucumber and mint, adds a Mediterranean touch to this Indian-inspired snack that promises a true fusion of flavours 

Cauliflower Popcorn with Turmeric

Ditch packaged popcorn and go for this delicious, veggie popcorn that’s fun to make. Take bite-sized florets seasoned with turmeric and roasted to perfection. Top it with some butter or oregano and chilli flakes. Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable rich in vitamins and antioxidants, making this snack a tasty way to incorporate cruciferous vegetables into your diet.