Almost all of us have gone through the ordeal of being a guest. We call it an ordeal because irrespective of the fact that you might be watching your weight, are a diabetic, have gluten allergy or have a thing against sweets, you are bound to be goaded with those typical snacks which are offered to almost every guest that comes visiting an Indian family. If the guest refuses to oblige by gorging on the booty on the table, it is dexterously transferred to air-tight containers and reserved to be served to some other visitor, this is particularly true in case of mixtures and bhujias.Here is 10 Awesome snacks that you have to endure if you are an Indian guest
Sev is a popular Indian snack food consisting of small pieces of crunchy noodles made from chickpea flour paste, which are seasoned with turmeric, cayenne, and ajwain before being deep-fried in oil. These noodles vary in thickness.Though they are quite tasty, but for those who hate spicy food, they are a torture. If you happen to visit a relative or a friend at a time when it is not possible to prepare a warm snack, Bhujia is sure to accost you!
A samosa, or samoosa, is a fried or baked dish with a savory filling, such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas, lentils, macaroni or noodles. Pine nuts can also be added. The good old samosa seems to have been served to the guests ever since it came to India from abroad. Filled with potato, this heavy and greasy snack is served with tea and sometimes also with jalebis.
Rasgulla is a syrupy dessert popular in the Indian subcontinent and regions with the South Asian diaspora. It is made from ball-shaped dumplings of chhena and semolina dough, cooked in the light syrup made of sugar.While most of us love this white spongy dessert, very few of us want to have it at any odd hour. But if you are an Indian guest, under the ‘muh meetha karo parampara’, a couple of these balls will surely be forced down your throat.
The pastry is a dough of flour, water, and shortening that may be savory or sweetened. Sweetened pastries are often described as bakers’ confectionery.Licking the frosting to judge the flavor of pastry is something we all have done, but that was childhood. And please, most fully grown adults would like to say no to calorie-laden pastries unless it is a moist Tiramisu or a Chocolate Brownie post dinner. But being a guest, you have no choice but to bite into the pineapple pastry oozing with cream or the black forest cake overloaded with chocolate shavings!
Pakora, also called pakoda, pakodi, or ponako, is a fried snack. It is found across the Indian subcontinent, especially in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan.Who says pakoras taste best during monsoons? There is no season for pakoras in Indian families when it comes to entertaining guests. And these oil dripping snacks are served anytime with tomato ketchup!
If you are visiting a South Indian friend, you have no choice but to gulp down spoonfuls of Rava Kesari. Basically, it is a yellow colored Sooji Halwa, popular in South India.
Dhokla is a vegetarian food item that originates from the Indian state of Gujarat. It is made with a fermented batter derived from rice and split chickpeas. Dhokla can be eaten for breakfast, as the main course, as a side dish, or as a snack. It is usually served by health conscious families or the ones who have an in-house dhokla expert. The home made ones are usually hard and tasteless, but they are proudly passed on as ‘home-made’.
8. Gulab Jamun
Gulab jamun is a milk-solid-based South Asian sweet, particularly popular in India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It is also common in Mauritius and the Caribbean countries of Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, and Jamaica.Deep fried and overly sweet, Gulab Jamuns are affordable and can be stored for almost a week. So, guests are loaded with this mithai quite often.
A bhaji, bhajji or bajji, is a spicy Indian snack or entree dish similar to a fritter, with several variants. Outside the Indian states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka, such preparations are often known as pakora.Another favorite at South Indian homes, Bajji is delicious but served time and again making it an inalienable part of the list of ‘please save me from this snack’ list!
10. Bread Roll
A roll is a small, often round loaf of bread served as a meal accompaniment. A roll can be served and eaten whole or cut transversely and dressed with filling between the two halves. We all have loved the bread rolls made by our moms. But these oily snacks are definitely a no-no for all those who are trying to eat healthily. But who will explain this to the hosts who believe this is the simplest snack to be served to any guest!
Tags: Awesome Breakfast!