6 Vegetarian Air Fryer Recipes To Pair With Your Evening Tea
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Having the usual evening tea to recharge and get back with the day is a mandatory practice. And you would relate to the cravings of having something crunchy with your hot cup of chai. But even though the deep-fried delicacies pair perfectly with tea, it’s not healthy or feasible to have them on a daily basis.

However, there’s a silver lining for your palate. With an air fryer, you can enjoy the same flavours and the exact crispiness without using excessive oil. And if you thought vegetarian air fryer recipes only have French fries, that’s completely untrue. Read on and explore vegetarian recipes that you can make in your air fryer and enjoy with your chai.

Cheese Corn Samosa

Samosa is a traditional Punjabi snack that is widely popular amongst street food, households, and even sweet shops. To give the traditional aloo samosa a twist, you can make a filling of corn and cheese and pair it with your tea. Just as you would add the potato filling to the maida-based dough, you can now add a mixture made of sweet corn, crushed paneer, mozzarella cheese, and a few spices. You can then give the dough the shape of a regular samosa and air fry it to perfection.

Aloo Tikki

Aloo tikki is another flavourful snack that you can make in your air fryer with little to no oil. All you need to do is boil a few potatoes, mash them, and mix them with chopped onions and coriander. Then, you can add spices like red chilli powder, chaat masala, and salt to taste. Next, you can make small batches of the mixture and fry them in your air fryer till you get a crispy tikki.

Onion Rings

If you’re looking for a quick snack to satisfy your evening cravings, you can make onion rings. With a thick batter made with all-purpose flour, bread crumbs, water, and your go-to spices, you can coat the onion chopped in circular rings. Then, you can air fry them for about fifteen minutes, add them to a tray with ketchup or a dip, and relish the crunch with you cup of tea.

Stuffed bread roll is a great snack option for vegetarians as they get the liberty to add their favourite vegetables to the stuffing. You can make a flavorful stuffing with assorted vegetables like potatoes, paneer, onions, tomatoes, green chillies, etc. Next, you can place a spoonful of the filling in the centre of a bread piece, roll it from the ends and then let the air fryer do its job till you prepare your tea.

Crispy Corn

There are days when you want something crunchy to munch on, but you also don’t want something heavy. On such occasions, you can make crispy corn in an air fryer. To make them, you’ll need to boil sweet corn kernels and coat them with a batter made with corn flour, all-purpose flour, a little water, and the usual spices. Once the corn kernels are well-coated, you can air fry them and mix them with sauteed vegetables like onions, tomatoes, capsicum, etc.


The list of snacks to pair with tea will be incomplete without giving you the all-time favourite option to make pakore. Since you’ll not be deep frying the pakoras in oil, it will be a healthy snack. You can make crispy pakoras with chopped vegetables like potatoes, cauliflower, paneer, and spinach coated in a batter made with besan (chickpea flour) and water. Finally, when the pakoras are crispy, you can add green or imli chutney and dig in.