When the monsoon season is in full swing, there’s nothing quite like indulging in delicious snacks while enjoying the sound of raindrops. Indian cuisine offers a plethora of mouthwatering snacks that perfectly complement the rainy weather. While many traditional snacks may be tempting, it is essential to choose healthier options to keep your taste buds happy without compromising your well-being. Want to explore a few healthy Indian snacks for monsoon season? Read on!
Health Shots spoke to Divya Gopal, Dietary and Nutrition, Motherhood Hospitals, Banashankari, Bengaluru, who listed down some healthy snacks to enjoy during monsoon.
Indian snacks to enjoy during the rainy season
From crispy and spicy to tangy and savory, here are 9 healthy snacks to relish in the rain:
1. Bhutta or corn
Roasted or grilled corn on the cob, locally known as “bhutta”, is a classic monsoon treat in India. This wholesome snack is not only tasty but also rich in fiber, antioxidants and essential nutrients like vitamin C and magnesium. Enjoy the smoky flavour of freshly grilled corn sprinkled with a pinch of salt, chili powder, and lime juice, making it a lip-smacking and nutritious delight.
2. Baked samosa
Samosas, deep-fried and filled with spiced potatoes, are a beloved Indian snack. To make them healthier during the rainy season, opt for baked versions instead of deep-frying. Baking reduces the calorie and fat content while retaining the delicious taste. You can also experiment with alternative fillings like mixed vegetables for a nutritious twist.
3. Corn chaat
To prepare a tasty and nutritious corn chaat, combine roasted or boiled corn kernels with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and lemon juice. This high-fibre, vitamin-rich, antioxidant-rich, low-calorie snack is ideal for a rainy day.
4. Air fried pakodas
Pakoda is a staple monsoon snack, but the traditional deep-frying method makes it less healthy. Instead of frying, try baking or air-frying the pakoras. Utilize an assortment of vegetables like spinach, onions, potatoes, and cauliflower, mixed with chickpea flour and spices. These delectable, crispy treats are sure to satisfy your cravings while providing essential nutrients.
5. Moong dal chilla
Ground moong dal is combined with chopped veggies, spices, and flour to make moong dal chilla, also known as lentil pancakes. These savoury pancakes are abundant in protein, fibre, and other nutrients. Enjoy them as a nutritious and filling snack with yoghurt or mint chutney.
6. Sprouts salad
Sprout chaat is a refreshing and nutritious snack made with sprouted beans and pulses. Sprouts are an excellent source of protein, fiber, and vitamins. Toss them with chopped tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and tangy tamarind chutney to create a mouthwatering chaat that bursts with flavors. This low-calorie snack is not only healthy but also helps improve digestion and boosts energy levels.
7. Masala roasted nuts
Nuts like almonds, cashews, and peanuts are packed with healthy fats, protein, and essential minerals. To make them monsoon-friendly, roast them with a blend of aromatic spices like cumin, coriander, and turmeric. These masala-roasted nuts make for a crunchy, savory snack that will keep you satiated and nourished during rainy days.
8. Vegetable cutlets
Made with a variety of finely chopped veggies, mashed potatoes, and seasonings, vegetable cutlets are a filling and nourishing snack. These cutlets, which can be baked or shallow-fried, provide a healthy balance of vitamins, fibre, and carbohydrates, making them a guilt-free option for rainy-day snacks.
Poha, a traditional Indian breakfast dish, makes for a light and delightful monsoon snack. Flattened rice is easy to digest and provides a good amount of carbohydrates and fiber. Enhance its taste with curry leaves, peanuts, and turmeric. Add in some chopped vegetables like carrots and peas for added nutrition.
Monsoon season is a perfect opportunity to enjoy a variety of Indian snacks which can tantalize your taste buds while maintaining your health. So what are you waiting for? Prepare these snacks at home and enjoy the rainy weather.