Under 30 Minutes: 10+ Classic Indian Snacks

Explore 10+ easy Indian snacks made within 30 minutes and under! Includes shakarpara and more. These could be served at a party, a tea time snack or evening snack!
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Quick Indian snacks made within 30 minutes and under! Whether you are looking for a quick homemade school snack, for a party, or to serve at teatime you’ll find some inspiration.

  • Vegetarian, many vegan
  • Quick – take 30 minutes or under to make
  • Ideas for Indian snacks to serve at a party or festive occassions
  • All snacks could also be served as tea time snacks or as evening snacks
  • Savory snacks would complement Indian sweets

This list of quick Indian snacks includes ideas that are authentic Indian snacks plus some new Indian fusion ideas to help you change things up! I’m sure you can find some ideas for your next party.

Roasted poha chevdo

I also have a large variety of chutneys such as tamarind chutney, cilantro or coriander chutney and much more that can be served with many of these snacks.

If you need drinks such as lassi, kesar milk or other ideas explore the Drinks page.

I’ve broken this list into two categories:

  • Traditional snacks: A few North Indian appetizers, particularly from Gujarat are up so far. Will be updated with more!
  • Indian Fusion Snacks: These are new ideas, fusing traditional Indian recipes or flavors with new ideas

Hope you enjoy this roundup of easy Indian snack recipes!

Traditional Indian Snacks

First up is 15 minute roasted poha chivda!  This is roasted instead of deep fried. If you are looking for crispy snacks, roasted poha chivda is a perfect crunchy snack for you to take on the go.

Poha chevdo in a bowl with peanuts, cashews and raisins.

Roasted Poha Chevdo

Quick Indian snack that is great with chai in which poha (flattened rice), dry fruits and spices come together for a lip smacking treat! Like a savory trail mix.
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Methi na gota are also known as methi pakora.  These are commonly served with a hot cup of chai.  If you want to make some chai to serve with it, you can easily make chai masala powder at home.

methi na gota pakora

Methi Na Gota

Methi na gota or methi pakora is a traditional Gujarati snack. This is one of many recipes by my Mom that everyone loves.
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Chaats are popular Indian street food that balance spicy and sweet perfectly to tickle your taste buds!  Samosa chaat, a famous street food, can be easily made at home.

Prepared samosa chaat in a white lace trim plate.

Easy Mouth-Watering Samosa Chaat with Spiced Chana

Delicious Indian street style, samosa chaat made quickly at home!  This popular dish is the perfect balance of tang, spice, sweet and bursts with full of flavor.
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Cereal chevdo in a blue bowl.

15 Minute Delicious Cereal Chevdo (Chevro) or Chivda

Cereal chevdo or cereal chivda is an Indian snack that is savory,crunchy, and addictive! It’s a delicious snack with a cup of masala chai or on the go!
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Fresh fruits are the main ingredients of what is next on the snack list. The best part is this healthy Indian snack takes little effort.  Just chop up some fruits and top with chaat masala and a few other common Indian spices. Your tangy chaat is ready!

Fruit chaat in a silver ornate platter.

15 Minute Delicious Fruit Chaat Recipe (Spicy Fruit Salad)

Fruit chaat is a simple snack using fresh fruits and a few spices to make a delicious tangy, sweet and spicy fruit salad. Great way to use seasonal fruits for a healthy snack!
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Another easy snack is Shakkarpara which my family tends to make around Diwali but can be enjoyed year round.

Shakarpara on a gray plate.

Shakarpara

Five ingredient shakarpara, sakkarpara or shankarpali is an easy sweet snack flavored with sugar or jaggery and commonly made during festivals such as Diwali. These can be baked or fried. It is more commonly made with sugar but my Mom makes it with jaggery if you are looking for a different option. Perfect for a tea time snack.
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Next up is a popular snack that is Gujarati – Khaman.  It is a savory snack made of gram flour and topped with green chilies and mustard seeds tadka. Serve with coriander chutney or besan chutney.

Khaman with tadka poured on top and dessicated coconut.

Instant 30 Minute Khaman Dhokla Recipe – (Besan)

Moist and spongy traditional Gujarati khaman dhokla recipe! This instant savory besan (gram flour) khaman is a flavorful, steamed and so tasty.  This recipe uses no yogurt or curd so it is both vegetarian and vegan.
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If you have leftover khaman or want to make a different dish using them, try out Sev Khamani. A delicious snack for sure.

Sev khamani on a gray plate with pomegranate and sev in the background on plates.

Sev Khamani

Surti sev khamani, also known as amiri khaman is a delicious, popular Gujarati snack made of chana dal khaman.  The khaman is topped with tadka, sev, pomegranate and optionally some chutney.  It is quick to make and protein packed.
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Khichu is a popular Gujarati snack or side dish. Topped with a little oil and methi masala, it is one of the easiest Indian snacks recipes. It is traditionally used to make papad.  You could even serve it as a delicious appetizer.

gujarati khichu recipe

Gujarati Khichu Recipe – Papdi No Lot

Khichu is a popular Gujarati snack or side dish. Topped with a little oil and methi masala, it is a very quick spicy snack. It is traditionally used to make papad.
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Indian Fusion

Chilli cheese toast is a snack I had often in Mumbai.  It uses lots of veggies like bell pepper and red onions and makes for great finger foods.

chilli cheese toast recipe

Yummy Chili Cheese Toast

Indian style chilli cheese toast with buttery toast, cheese, spices and vegetables. Makes for a great snack or light lunch.
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If you are looking for a way to serve up a snack using common ingredients found at home, I think an Indian cheese board is a fun idea.

Indian cheese board.

Indian Cheeseboard

Fun Indian flavors inspired cheeseboard. Makes for a great easy way to entertain!
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An Indian-Mexican fusion snack is next fusing pav bhaji from Indian cuisine and nachos from Mexican cuisine. Pav bhaji is one of the most popular Indian snacks.  This recipe uses the flavors to make bean nacho toppings for a delicious snack.

Pav Bhaji Nachos Indian Mexican Fusion

Indian Mexican fusion meal combining a popular Indian street food, pav bhaji with nachos!
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If you are looking for easy recipes, chutney crostinis fit the bill.  You can get creative pairing different chutneys with cheeses for a variety of tasty snacks.

goat cheese crostini

Goat Cheese Crostini with Cranberry Chutney

A quick appetizer using goat cheese, topped with cranberry chutney and candied walnuts for a crunch on a crostini
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The best thing about Samosadillas, another Indi-Mex fusion dish is that you can get the taste of samosas without the frying.

samosadilla

Samosadilla – Samosa Quesadillas (Indian Mexican Fusion)

Samosadillas are a mashup of samosa and quesadilla in an easy to make recipe! A delicious Indian Mexican fusion meal.
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You just need a few basic ingredients to make the next idea on this easy recipes list:

Cheddar Pani Puri Masala Hasselback Potatoes

Spicy, tangy, minty potatoes with cheddar cheese. Inspired by a very popular Indian street food.
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Hope you enjoyed this roundup of Indian snacks recipes!

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10+ Under 30 Minutes Indian Snacks (Traditional + Fusion): Shakarpara + More

Shilpa Joshi
Explore 10+ easy Indian snacks made within 30 minutes and under! Includes shakarpara and more. These could be served at a party, a tea time snack or evening snack!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Gujarati, Indian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 227 kcal

Equipment

  • Pot for frying
  • Rolling Pin
  • Mixing bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup flour 125g can use all purpose or wheat
  • ¼ cup jaggery or sugar 72g
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, optional 11g
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Melt jaggery in heated water.
  • Mix flour, salt, water and sesame seeds.
    Sakkarpara flour mixture
  • Add jaggery water to dough and mix to combine. Using hands makes it easier.
    Jaggery added to dough
  • Shape dough into a ball. Let sit 10 minutes.
    Shakarpara dough
  • Roll out and cut dough
    Sakkarpara cut into diamond shapes

Option 1: Fry

  • Heat oil for frying and fry on low-medium heat for 10 minutes until golden brown. Place on paper towel. Serve warm or cool.
    Sakkarapara being fried

Option 2: Bake

  • Line a tray with parchment paper. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350F.

Notes

Let cool completely before storing in airtight container
Sesame seeds optional

Nutrition

Calories: 227kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 4gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 43mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1IUCalcium: 25mgIron: 2mg
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