5 desi snacks, revamped

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Some people say that vegetarians have minimal options when it comes to snacking. They are limited to just paneer and mushrooms when it comes to starters. This article is going to break that myth for you. But, but, but there is more to the story, these are not just plain and simple starters- they are in a totally different avatar! We decided to take some of the most popular snacks and give them a newfangled look. Here are 5 delightful recipes that you will enjoy preparing and your guests will enjoy eating!

Chole Aloo Pie

Chole is Punjabi pride, but can get a little too simple and monotonous for a party, so we glammed it up by creating this gorgeous Aloo chole pie. Masala chickpeas and mashed potatoes baked together in a pie dish – top this up with some cheese and serve with crisp toast for a fun interactive fun party. You can make tiny individual ones or bake a large pie and cut slices!

Cocktail Idli

Bite sized mini idlis tossed in a spicy molagapodi powder and skewered with onions, tomatoes and capsicum served over shot glasses filled with a flavourful rasam. All you need to do is a little bit of prep, so you can enjoy the party while you watch these delicious treats fly off the rack!

Pav Bhaji Fondue

Pav bhaji is a favourite for many and this fondue version takes up the style quotient of this humble Mumbai Style Street food. Crisp buttered bread croutons dunked into a spicy mixed vegetable bhaji. You can even try other exciting versions of Pav Bhaji like this Pav Bhaji Bruschetta or these fancy Pav Bhaji Martinis!


Baked Vada Pav


Plain old vada pavs just don’t make the cut for a party menu, but these ones definitely do! Try out this baked contemporary version with freshly baked multigrain pav dough stuffed with a delicious and healthy raw banana and sweet potato mixture, spicy red garlic chutney and baked. Lives up to the deliciousness of the original and is much healthier.

Samosa Pinwheel:

Samosas are a true Indian's guilty pleasure. And, with all the trying and testing happening in the culinary world, there are numerous varieties of samosas available now. Here's presenting you another one- Samosa in a totally different avatar! Trust us when we say- Samosa Pinwheel is extra masaledaar, extra delicious and extra fancy which is the perfect recipe for your next party or get-together!


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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.