Tea is very close to the heart of the people of the subcontinent. We have a very particular way of making our tea, and it needs to be just right every time!
Evening tea, in particular, is an opportunity for the family to come together and share snacks. While sweet treats with tea are the norm, here are some savoury accompaniments to try with your tea:
Samosas are by far the most loved savoury Indian snack in the subcontinent and here in the UK too. They are delicious, light, and flavourful. Potato filled samosas are the most sought after; however they can be prepared with any filling you like. Other filling options include minced beef, minced mutton, and shredded chicken. Some people even make cheese filled samosas. Once you have the samosa dough ready, it’s quite quick and easy to make!
Kachoris are a puffy and crispy savoury snack, usually with a lentil filling. Daal kachoris are served with a potato bhaji or tarkari as a dip. You can also prepare beef or mutton kachoris and even paneer kachoris if you don’t consume meat.
Dhoklas are a much loved Gujrati dish that’s ideal to have with tea. It’s a steamed savoury cake made with lentils and rice. Khaman dhokla, on the other hand, is made with a batter of gram flour, making it easier to prepare. Once the savoury cake is steamed and cooked to perfection, a tempering of mustard seeds, green chillies, curry leaves, asafoetida, and kalongi (nigella seeds) makes it ready to eat.
Aloo tikki is the perfect way to use up cooked potatoes you have lying around in the fridge. Roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, and even any potato bhaji can be used to make this snack. Mash all the leftover potatoes and add a binding agent and additional spices. Now shape these into cutlets or balls and fry them. For added texture, you can use breadcrumbs as a coating too.
Paneer is a staple in Indian households. It’s a nutritious ingredient and makes any dish extra special! If you have paneer lying around that’s a bit hard or dry, utilize it in making paneer pakoras. Make the regular pakora batter with gram flour, spices, and aromatics, and dip your pieces of paneer and fry.
Chakli is probably the crispiest savoury snack you would have ever eaten. It’s prepared with rice and gram flour and lightly spiced too. The hint of zeera makes it all the more special. The best part about chakli is that you can make a bulk batch and store it in air tight containers, ready for tea time!
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