In India , our tea is not accompanied by tea cakes , scones , sandwiches and cookies normally . Cakes and sandwiches are more outdoors options for weekend picnics etc.
The daily tea may have different kinds of savory companions like khari biscuit, mathhi or mathari , roasted chana or peanuts if thinking of a healthy option and samosa or deep fried pakode , sometimes oil starved pakode too when you want to indulge on a rainy day ...
And we have a whole lot of namkeens to boast off . A great variety is available on the shelves packaged in attractive colors . Loaded with fats and additives with suspicious names. You know what i mean.
Why not make the tea time munchies at home and try it making it with minimal effort . Or just mixing up some dry prepared things together as we want it . Roasted chickpeas , roasted peanuts and dry roasted chivda pr poha are great when it comes to make a mixture..
I normally dry roast some chivra with chopped curry patta and finely chopped green chillies , mix it with roasted peanuts and roasted chickpeas and keep it in an airtight container for an instant chewy munch . More so because i need something to chew on when my migraine hits . Thankfully the migraines are getting less frequent now. See how the roasted chivda should look popped . Use brown rice poha or chivda for making this namkeen..
To make this mixture , heat a tbsp of mustard or any other oil and add a tsp of cumin seeds to it , wait till they splutter and then add 2 tsp of finely chopped green chillies . Within a few seconds add a handful of chopped curry patta and keep stirring the mix till the curry patta starts getting dry . Add about 2 cups of dry poha ( chivra) and keep stirring the dry ingredients constantly on a medium low flame . The poha will get slightly popped up after sometime . The popping up of the poha will be visible and they need to be constantly turned up so all of the tiny grains get popped up. This is the trick to roast poha in very low oil or ghee . Take off heat when all of them have popped up and mix salt , pepper and red chilly powder to taste and a bit of amchoor powder too. Add a cup each of roasted peanuts and roasted chickpeas .Keep in an airtight container.
Another dry namkeen i make is from the mung daal . This mung daal is a very popular namkeen and every brand of namkeen has this variety . seasoned only with salt.
To make this popped up mung daal without any added fat , you need to use a microwave . Yes microwaves are great gadgets when it comes to fat free cooking.
Soak mung daal for 2-3 hours and drain it . Mix salt to taste . Place the soaked and salted mung daal in ceramic, pyrex or borosil bowl and microwave for 2 minutes . Take out , stir well and pop inside the MW again . Repeat the process of microwaving and stirring 4-5 times and you get a nice crunchy namkeen ready .
This namkeen is a bit more chewy than the crispy fried version but the taste is exactly the same . The chewy part suits me very well because a little namkeen goes a long way . You consume less and get the same taste.
Sometimes i mix a bit of dry roasted poha mixture and a bit a dry roasted mung daal with some chopped onions and green chillies . Throw in some chopped coriander leaves and have it like a nice snack with my masala chai .
Keeping a good supply of healthy options ready is the key to healthy snacking. Because most of the time we eat good healthy food and it is the snacking between the meals which makes our arteries clog and the cellulite pile up.
Do not let that happen and keep a few small jars ready with roasted nuts and lentils . It goes a long way once prepared .