Love Snacking? Here Is A List Of Snacks To Pack For The USA

Whether you’re travelling alone to the United States for the first time or visiting to go meet someone, true-blue desis know the value of finding authentic snacks that reminds one of home. Although it is definitely a lot easier now to find grocery stores in America that stock up on Indian brand snacks, packing your personal stash for late-night indulgences or for sharing with your loved ones is well worth the effort; and if you’re wondering what you can definitely add to your packing list, here’s a comprehensive list that you can refer to.


Whether it is a packet of spicy, crispy noodle-like sev, or spiral chakli or even flaky mathri – the world is your oyster when it comes to choosing the right kind of homemade or pre-packaged namkeen.  made from chickpea flour. However, it is best to ensure that your homemade namkeen is vacuum packed and sealed correctly, to avoid them from spilling or going soft sooner than expected.

Frozen Snacks

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Carry frozen samosas, smiley potatoes and veggie cutlets that you can heat up when needed. While there is no shortage of frozen, ready-to-eat foods in the USA, finding something you might take a liking to easily would probably take a moment. Hence, it is best to prepare for chai-time cravings and have something on hand for those hunger pangs.

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Pre-pack the dry ingredients of kurmura, cornflakes and roasted peanuts, and mix them with chutneys that come in sealed packets when you're ready to eat. Chop up some fresh tomatoes, onions and garnish with lots of chopped cilantro for a taste that feels closest to home. Enjoy a bowl of savoury, Indian-style trail mix or chivda with your cup of coffee while staying up late when jet-lagged, for a light snack.


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Thin, crispy whole wheat crackers that come in various flavours – from pani puri to masala or even methi. Use these thin, dehydrated roti-like snacks in place of chips and pair with hummus or a hung curd dip for a more substantial snack that keeps you full for longer. Use khakhras as a base to add fun toppings like cheese, guacamole and salsa for an Indian spin on a nacho plate. 

Dry Fruits

Nuts like almonds, cashews, pistachios and raisins are excellent choices for travel snacks. Roast the almonds, season the cashews with a spice blend and salt your pistachios for an extra dimension of flavour. Mix together a combination of a few nuts and dry fruits to make a healthy munchie, loaded with good fats and vitamins, in order to keep your nutrient intake in check.

Instant Mixes

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Instant mixes for popular dishes like dosa, idli, poha and upma can be convenient for quick Indian meals. Spent a long day at work or in class? Simply add some water or runny yoghurt to your idli mix for warm idlis that you can enjoy with podis or coconut chutney. Wake up late in the morning with barely any time for breakfast? Add hot water to a box of pre-mixed poha, while you get ready and have a warm breakfast to go.