If a single word describes Indian food, it's spice. Food from the land of spices is incredibly flavorful yet healthy because of its use of herbs and spice for flavor. If you're new to Indian cooking, youll want to start by experimenting with spice mixes.Paneer Bites by Vicky Bhogal
1. Paneer Bites
Paneer is a firm Indian cream cheese that is a great blank canvas for spices. These pan-fried chunks are golden and crispy on the outside, with a crust of mouth-watering spices and pure, silky innards. They are a fast snack or starter dish and are the perfect way to use the myriad of spices in your cupboard. Join Vicky Bhogal in this Grokker Premium Video, as she introduces you to her favourite family recipes, to really get you cooking like Mummyji.
2. Pitla - Maharastrian Comfort Food
Pitla is a wonder food from the State of Maharashtra. It is a vegetarian dish, so ‘down to Earth’ and full of flavor. A little twist on the traditional recipe gives it the WOW factor! Pitla is considered street-food and like a lot of other street-foods, delicious to the core!
3. Multigrain Indian Chapati
If you are looking to add some variety to your everyday chapati or roti, try adding different grain flours. This Multigrain Chapati recipe (Multigrain Roti Recipe) incorporates 5 different grains to give a delicious rustic flair to regular chapati. You can find these flours at either your local Indian grocery store or whole foods/bulk store.
4. Indian Savory Tea Time Snack
There is something to be said about all the namkeens (savory snacks) that we can find at a sweet shop or just walk down the Indian store snack aisle. The number of options is mind blowing and enough to make your decision super hard. Every wonder what goes into making them, sounds hard, right? Think again, with the right tools, you can be churning these out like Haldiram’s! They make perfect tea-time snack and are great when you are in a munchy mood. Enjoy!
5. Indian Savory Bites
Namak (Salt) Pare are one of those wonderful snacks that are appropriate anytime of the day, any time of the year. Traditionally, it is important to serve a savory item when a sweet is served for balance, or choice and because “Salt” is such an essential part of life. They are easy to make and need very few ingredients, mostly stuff that we have in our pantry all the time. So this festival season, whip up some of this fried goodness and enjoy with family and friends.
6. Crispy Indian Spiral Snacks
Festival times are not complete without savory snacks to go along with the sweet ones. Chakli (aka Chakri or Murukku) is a crispy spiral snack made from riceflour. It is perfect with tea or coffee or just on its own. Try this super easy Chakli recipe for Diwali or any other time of year
7. Indian Khaman Gujarati Appetizer
Khaman is probably the most recognized Gujarati appetizer or snack. This moist and delicious savory cake is a must for a Gujarati feast but don’t get it confused with Dhokla. A little bit of pre-planning is needed for this traditional khaman recipe but it’s worth every minute. Try it for your next party or get together!
8. Indian Party Appetizer Paneer Pinwheels
Whether you are expecting a house full of guests or enjoying time with your loved ones, Paneer Pinwheels will put a smile on everyone’s face. With a perfect balance of flavorful filling covered with a light and flaky crust, this delicious appetizer recipe can be made fresh or ahead of time and reheated.
9. How To Make An Indian PANI for Pani Puri
An all time favorite in the chaat category is Pani Puri (aka Gol Guppas or Puchkaas). You can’t have Puri without the Pani. It is a mix that has depths of flavor. So when you put a Pani Puri in your mouth, it’s a burst of different levels of unbelieveable flavor. A lot of the ingredients are to taste and you can make it spicer or milder. After a round of Pani with the Puris, make sure you have some pani by itself – absolute bliss!