8 Delicious Dry Snacks For A Quick Midnight Munch
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Every Indian household has stacks of these dry snacks. Indian dry snacks also vary from place to place. If you are from the South, your childhood home will be full of banana chips and fruit leathers, while if you are from a North Indian household, you will have lots of mixture combos and dry bhel. People from West Bengal prefer Chiwda and Muri. 

But no matter where you are from, these dry snacks can be a saviour if you are craving midnight snacks. These are not very heavy and require no preparation as they can be stored in an airtight container for more than six months. 

Many varieties are already packaged for you, and one can also make it at home to give it a healthy twist. There are more than 60 dry snacks that one can try. Discover the list of dry snacks you can devour in the middle of the night by efficiently stacking them beforehand. 

8 Dry Snacks To Munch On

1. Mixture

It can also be made into chaat, but if you are looking for a dry snack, this can be a go-to option. The famous Bombay mix is a classic Indian snack. It is known as Chanāchura in Odisha and Chanachur in Bengal. A varied blend of spicy dry ingredients, such as peanuts, fried lentils, corn, chickpea flour noodles, fried onion, curry leaves and vegetable oil, make up this dish. 

2. Sev

It resembles Indian noodles and is made with graham flour, turmeric, and ajwain before being deep-fried in oil. Currently, it has widespread popularity throughout the entire nation. The word Sev, which describes the snack's thread-like appearance, is believed to have come from the word sew, which signifies stitching. It is the most popular dish among Indians, second only to peanuts, and is a popular snack among Indians living overseas. Some are thin and unseasoned, while others are spicy and thick like spaghetti.

3. Ada

Known by several names in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, this traditional Kerala dish consists of rice parcels with sweet contents wrapped in rice flour dough, steamed in banana leaves, and eaten as an evening snack or breakfast. The two primary ingredients are rice flour and grated coconut. These come in packets and can be stored for more than three months. It is a perfect midnight snack. 

4. Vada Sabudana

An authentic Indian deep-fried snack from Maharashtra. It tastes best when eaten fresh and is frequently accompanied with hot chai and spicy green chutney. Sabudana vada also contains finely chopped coriander leaves, red and green chillies, salt, and vegetable oil (for deep-frying). The vada comes in frozen packs and can be made into delicious dishes within minutes. 

5. Papadum 

Papadum is a thin, crispy cracker bread made from rice, chickpea, lentil, or gram flour. It can be used as a spoon to scoop up food from other dishes, including curries, or eaten on its own or with pickles. Papadum can be eaten with raita sauce or chutneys and hot tea. Because of its popularity, the dish has several variations: masala papadum, spiced with black pepper, chilli, cumin, and garlic; jackfruit papadum and many more.

6. Bhujia Bikaner

A well-known crunchy food from the town of Bikaner in the western state of Rajasthan. It is made with spices and gram flour. Moth dal, salt, red chilli, black pepper, cardamom, cloves, groundnut oil, etc., are some of its other ingredients. After squeezing the dough through a sieve and deep-frying it in vegetable oil, it is moulded into a snack. It has a pale golden hue. It is well-known for originating in Bikaner and has developed into a popular snack and a distinctive product over time.

7. Tiny Kachori

Typically, a circular, flattened ball of refined flour is filled with a baked combination of besan, washed and crushed graham flour, yellow moong dal, or urad dal, salt, black pepper, and other spices. Many parts of India, including Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Bengal, and Orissa, are fond of this hot food. These little treats are great when packaged and if someone’s hungry these are the perfect solution. 

8. Mini Samosas 

Mini Samosas are the number one option for any Indian, whether they are locals or have been here for a long time. It tastes different and has a crunchy texture. Deep-fried triangle pastries are filled with onions, lentils, and spicy potatoes. These flavourful triangles are typically served hot with yoghurt, chopped onions, or freshly prepared Indian chutneys flavoured with tamarind, coriander, or mint.

The options with Indian dry snacks are limitless; one can choose according to their cravings, what flavour they want, and with what combinations. These dry snacks are usually fried, but one can go for a baked alternative for healthy options. Gulab Jamun and air-fried Kachori are pretty popular among the crowd nowadays.