Have 5 Minutes To Spare? Make These 8 Indian Snacks
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Are you a student doing last-minute revisions? Are you a working professional who has to leave home in the next few minutes to reach your office on time? Are you working from home and have to join an important meeting urgently? Are you craving a good Indian snack but running short on time? You don't have to compromise on taste and authenticity. When hunger strikes and time is of the essence, you don't have to settle for bland or unhealthy snacks. With a few simple ingredients and a dash of creativity, you can whip up delicious Indian snacks in just 5 minutes.

Here are eight Indian snacks that you can easily make in 5 minutes with both fresh and left-over ingredients. Read on to learn about these dishes that will fix your hunger pangs in a jiffy without derailing your daily schedule.

Fruit Chaat

Recipe - Yummy

For a refreshing snack, dice your favourite fruits like apples, bananas, oranges, and grapes. Use fruits that are easier to peel and dice. Toss them with a pinch of black salt, roasted cumin powder, and a squeeze of lemon juice. This sweet and tangy fruit chaat is a perfect, healthy snack that's perfect for a quick energy boost.

Masala Popcorn

Transform plain popcorn into a zesty treat with a quick sprinkle of Indian spices. Heat a little butter in a pan; add a pinch of chilli powder, cumin powder, and chaat masala. Toss in freshly popped popcorn, mix well, and you've got a spicy masala popcorn snack that's ready to devour. Within 5 minutes, you will have the perfect snack ready.

Masala Papad

Quick, crunchy, and delicious—what is there not to like about masala papad? Just roast or deep fry your favourite papd and top it with finely chopped onions, tomatoes, and green chilli. That is all that you need to fix the perfect snack for a monsoon evening.

Microwave Dhokla

Recipe - Ravinder's HomeCooking

Satisfy your cravings for something savoury yet filling with a microwave dhokla. Mix besan, curd, and spices like turmeric, red chilli powder, cumin powder, and baking soda to form a nice, fluffy batter. Microwave in a greased bowl for 2–3 minutes until it rises and sets. Once cooled, cut it into bite-sized pieces and enjoy with green chutney while you attend that online meeting.

Cucumber Sandwich

A great afternoon snack can be this delicious, cooling cucumber sandwich with mint chutney. Super quick to make and low in calories, this salad sandwich is a must-try. Slice cucumbers into thin pieces and toss them with chaat masala, roasted cumin powder, and a dash of lemon juice. Butter the slices of bread, layer them with this spiced cucumber, and add mint chutney on top. Enjoy the 5-minute sandwiches!

Sautéed Masala Peanuts

If you are craving something crunchy and spicy, this can be your go-to snack. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan, toss in raw peanuts, and sauté until they turn golden. Add red chilli powder, turmeric, salt, and a pinch of chaat masala. Sauté for a minute until the spices coat the peanuts. These spicy and crispy masala peanuts are a protein-packed delight that will keep you satiated for a long time.

Bread Pizza

This quickly made desi dish is perfect for a quick snack. The deliciousness of pizza and the easy, cheap availability of bread make this a wholesome snack; all you need is a microwave or medium pan. Spread tomato ketchup on slices of bread. Top with grated cheese, sliced veggies, and a sprinkle of oregano and chilli flakes. Microwave for a minute or cook with the lid closed on a pan until the cheese melts. This quick-bread pizza allows you to create your own mini masterpiece in no time.


The afternoon heat is killing you, and you need something quick, cooling, and hydrating. Try a glass of lassi! All you have to do is take some thick curd, a little sugar, and a couple drops of rose water. Put all of this together with a little water as per your preferred consistency and blend everything together. This is a tiny meal in a glass.