A deadly virus spreading throughout the world, jumping from one person to the next even without contact, by just the air we breathe, sounds like an apocalyptic movie! But it’s all happening in the new decade, with entire countries all over the globe having put billions under lockdown or quarantine.
This COVID-19 crisis has forced us all to stay at home for weeks on end and it is no secret that when you’re at home, it feels good to keep snacking. Unfortunately, getting food from outside isn’t very viable these days. So, here are 5 easy snacks you can prepare at home.
Bread poha is a meal that is delicious and cheap to prepare. Heat some oil in a pan and add hing to it. After that, add curry leaves, whole red chilies, and mustard seeds. Then, add green peas to the pan. After the peas are half-cooked, add some roasted peanuts and cook for a few minutes more. Now, add salt, turmeric powder, and chopped bread slices to the pan. Mix them well. Before serving, add green chilies, coriander leaves, and lemon juice for an added dose of flavor.
Mixed Sprouts Corn Chaat
Mixed sprouts corn chaat is not only delicious, but a healthy food as well. This delicious snack is filled with Vitamin K, Vitamin C, dietary fiber, folate and protein. Having such delicious snacks can also give your immune system a much-needed boost during the pandemic.
For the chaat, take some sprouts and soak them overnight. In the morning, cook them using a pressure cooker for 10 to 15 minutes and strain them. Now, take the same quantity of corn and boil them until they are cooked. Finely chop a tomato and onion. Mix all these ingredients in a bowl and add cumin powder, chili powder, salt, and lemon juice to it. For garnishing, add coriander leaves and pomegranate seeds.
Fried Onion Rings
Take an onion and slice it into ¼ inch slices, and soak in cold water. In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Remove the onion rings from the water and dry them using a napkin. Coat the onion rings in this dry flour mix and keep them aside. Now add milk and egg to the flour mixture, and mix using a fork. Take your onion rings dip them into a batter and place them in a pan with oil that is at 185°C. Your onion rings would be ready in 2 to 3 minutes.
This is another healthy recipe that you can easily make at home. Makhanas are low in cholesterol and calories, but high in nutrients. Just roast the makhanas in some ghee and add salt, black pepper and roasted ground cumin to them.
To make a trail mix, take your favorite nuts, seeds and dry fruits in a pan. Now, add some ghee and roast them for a couple of minutes. Take the pan off the stove and add some salt and chili flakes to it. Drizzle a bit of fresh lemon juice, and your trail mix is ready.
These healthy and delicious recipes can satiate your snacking cravings without adding too many extra calories to your diet.