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. Sandwiches have become convenient food or snack for many but still it doesn't make the perfect tea time snack for us.
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 of. 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 or 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..
Another dry namkeen that I make is using the mung daal. This 'mung daal' is a very popular namkeen and every brand of namkeen has this variety. Seasoned only with salt.
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.
Do not let that happen and keep a few small jars ready with roasted nuts and lentils. It goes a long way once prepared.