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Vegetarian Appetizers

From bhajias (deep-fried, battered veggies) to samosas (pastry with delicious fillings) and veggy kababs to bhelpuri, these appetizers are designed to make you crave for more!

Khasta Kachori - Crispy Savory Lentil-filled Pastry
Learn how to make this delectable, filling and very fulfilling crispy Khasta Kachori...

Cheese Pakora
This tasty and easy to make Indian snack is perfect for when you have an attack of the nibbles....

Medu Vada - South Indian Vada - Daal Vada
The perfect snack, Medu Vada is a popular item on the menu of countless Udupi restaurants all over India. Learn how to make it...

Gulgulas - Gulgulay - Banana Fritters Indian Style
Gulgulas are a simple yet delicious Indian snack. Nobody can never stop at just one, so try my recipe and make up a big batch!

Vegetable Pan Rolls
Vegetable Pan Rolls are so yummy you can't stop at one! Try them...

Shakkarpara - Shakkarpare - Shakarpali
Shakkarpara is a terrific snack to have with a cup of tea! It is often made in India at festival time - Diwali or Christmas. Here is the recipe...

Sev Batata Puri
Sev Batat Puri is a hugely popular Indian street food. It is a great, easy to make snack for when you are feeling munchy...

Palak Pakodi Ki Chaat
A delicious North Indian street food, Palak Pakodi Ki Chaat is unique and the perfect tea time snack! Get the recipe here...

Sevai Upma - Vermicelli Upma
No matter where you go in India, Upma is a hot favorite breakfast food! Originally from South India, this tasty dish can be eaten for breakfast, brunch or as a snack and is so wholesome you can even make a meal of it! Upma is originally made with coarse semolina. Try my easy recipe for Upma made with Sevai or vermicelli. You'll love it!

Bharvaan Papad Ke Pakode - Stuffed Poppadum Fritters
A scrumptious, easy to cook snack, Bharvaan Papad Ke Pakode is great for serving with a hot cup of tea!

Chinese Bhel
Indo Chinese or Chindian food is a product of the huge Chinese community that lives in India. The delicious flavors of their food have been taken and adapted to the Indian palate. This easy recipe uses previously prepared Indo Chinese Szechuan Sauce that can be made ahead and stored in your fridge for future use. Chinese Bhel is a delicious...

Mathri - Mathi - Savory Indian Crackers
Mathris or Mathis are the perfect anywhere, anytime snack. They taste really nice with a hot cup of tea! Here's how you can make them....

Khatta Dhokla - Steamed Rice and Lentil Cake
This popular, nutritious dish from Gujarat in Western India is made with rice and urad daal and perfect when served with Tamarind and/ or Mint-coriander Chutneys. I also love to serve it with daal or a meat curry. Not typical but definitely tasty!

A crispy, crunchy savory snack to enjoy with a hot cup of tea. Cheeslings are often made at special occassions too.

Jhaal Muri - Spicy Puffed Rice Salad
There are numerous recipes for this delicious Bengali (east Indian) snack! This one is how my Father-in-law makes it.

Mirchi Ka Pakoda (green chilli fritters)
This is a delicious snack for those of you who enjoy the heat of green chillies! It is perfect when teamed with hot cup of Masala Chai on a cold day.

Mango Pickle Sandwich
Just like many other foods Indian cuisine has adopted and adapted , the sandwich too has taken on Indian flavors- like Mango Pickle! Here a recipe for a yummy mid-day snack!

Toasty Paneer Sandwich
A yummy and nutritious snack, this sandwich can be made up in minutes. It is great for breakfast, brunch and even school lunchboxes.

Bread Pakoda Sandwich
An Indian twist on a western concept! This delicious snack is also wholesome enough to eat as a meal. Serve it with Tamarind or Mint-Coriander Chutney.

Tomato Chutney Sandwich
Serve these yummy sandwiches at breakfast or teatime. They're so easy to make!

Papdi Chaat
Crunchy, tangy, hot and sweet flavors combine to make Papdi Chaat delicious to eat as a snack or a great alternative to a meal.

Mint Chutney Veggie Sandwich
This easy, tasty snack can be put together in a flash. It's perfect for picnic meals and kids lunchboxes.

Spicy Roasted Corn On The Cob
Streetside vendors frantically fan their cart-top coal fires, gently roasting the corn cobs while people line up to buy this popular snack in India. Spicy Roasted Corn on the cob is so easy to make!

Paani Puri
This snack is not just delicious, it is also fun to make and eat. Call friends over and make a whole heap!

Dhokla (steamed gram flour snack)
This nutritious snack from Gujarat in Western India is popular all over the country. Serve it with Tamarind and Mint-coriander Chutneys.

Vada Pav
Straight out of the heart of Maharashtra in Western Indian, Vada Pav has iconic status in India. It used to be "poor man's food", but these days even the rich and famous can be spotted eating it at Bombay's (Mumbai) numerous roadside food stalls!

A famous Indian snack, Samosas can be probably be found anywhere in the world! They're a lovely snack for a cold day when you're just a little more than nibbly and a little less than hungry.

Sabudana Vada (sago patties)
This snack from Maharashtra in western India is great for cold, rainy days as an accompaniment to hot Masala Chai (spiced tea)!

Bhajias (fried Indian snack)
Also known as Pakoras, these are the perfect snack for a cold, rainy day! Make up a batch and serve them with sweet-sour tamarind chutney. Use any vegetable you like.

Make this crispy, crunchy snack ahead of time and store in an air-tight container. It's perfect for times when you have an attack of the munchies.

Chakli (savory spirals)
This crunchy snack is just as good at tea time as it is for a special occassion. Traditional chaklis are made with a special chakli making mold.

This has to be the most popular North-Indian snack! Vendors literally crowd the streets selling all kinds of delicious variations of chaat in this part of the country. Chaat parties are also popular and a great alternative to a sit-down dinner.

A snack with almost iconic status in Western India, bhelpuri is low-fat, nutritious and delicious! What more can one ask for?

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