Love to munch but no time to cook? We understand how it’s a never-ending hustle to cook a wholesome, delicious meal when you are pressed with time. And when hunger pangs strike in the middle of the day, all we are left with are some ready-to eat noodles or a pack of chips and if nothing else works, then just order in. With all the guilt and ‘one last time’ promises, we often go with the last option because either we are too busy or just tired. But what if you could have the best of desi flavours to snack upon within 30 minutes at home? Yes, it is possible. 

From crispy pakodas to tikkis and chaat, we’ve got 5 of the best Indian snacks you can put together in just 30 minutes:

1. Peanut Chaat 

Cooked peanuts, onion, carrot, tomato and spice powders make up for this stellar chaat recipe that is sure to get you slurping. You can keep pre-boiled peanuts in bowl for 2-3 days in advance for a quick chaat recipe and save time later. And then you simply need to toss it with the spices and lime. 

2. Crispy Aloo Tikki 

Be it with a cup of piping hot chai in the evening or sandwiched between buns for your morning meal, crispy fried aloo tikki can satiate our cravings like nothing else. Boiled, mashed potatoes and green peas, combined with a few spices into a patty, deep-fried till perfectly crunchy, doesn't this sound like a perfect snack to munch on? And it only takes about 30 minutes.

3. Bread Upma 

Simple spices such as red chilli, turmeric, garam masala, mustard seeds and cumin tossed in with urad dal, chana dal, curry leaves, cashew, onion and tomatoes, sounds like the perfect desi masala, isn’t it? All you need is bread cubes to add into this and you’ll have a wholesome, flavourful and quick snack to nosh upon.

4. Kulle Ki Chaat

Move over your regular papdi chaat, aloo chaat or fruit chaat because kulle ki chaat is here to sweep you off your feet. Bite-sized snack, originated in the lanes of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, Kulle ki chaat is basically scooped-out potato cups stuffed with chickpeas, lemon juice and oodles of masala, that can instantly make you drool.

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5. Onion Pakoda 

What better than sliced onions, dipped in a besan batter and deep fried to crispy best? These onion (pyaz) pakoda is a classic Indian snack to pair with your garma garam chai! 

Which one is your favourite snack?