Snacks that will be your saviour at 3AM

by Sanjeev Kapoor

In this quarantine, your sleep schedules have really gotten messed up. You sleep at 4, wake up at 1 and that’s probably because your mother is yelling at you. But, while your eyes are wide open post-midnight and there are absolutely no signs of sleep, hunger pangs start drumming away, isn’t it? What do you do? You end up eating all the packaged junkies you’ve stored for just these times. But, you know how badly it’s going to affect your health in the future. Today, we’ve got a pitara of some quick and hassle-free recipes that are far better than the junk foods you go for.

Want to make your 3 AM snacking game better? Here are some delights!

Popcorn Bhel

Popcorn has long been a companion to our favourite movies. But, this time, we’re insisting on trying something different with it. This period is all about doing things which are different than what you usually do. So try this hatke Popcorn Bhel. Two of your favourites in a recipe will make your binge-watching experiences better than ever.

Masala Khichia Papad

We know you’re probably not in the mood to do a lot of mehnat. So, here’s something which will save you from that plus give you something to enjoy. Masala Khichia Papad is a super easy snack that you can prep up almost in a jiffy. Roast papads, add some vegetables, teekhi and meethi chutneys, and you’re done. Just make sure to keep a batch of chutney ready before hand.

Phool Makhana Munchies

This is a very simple snack which you can prepare and munch on in the night. Lotus seeds roasted and tossed with ghee and some spices. A namkeen which is delicious and can be stored for a long time. Lotus seeds are similar to popcorn when it comes to munching, just a lot healthier.

Tomato Basil Sandwich

If you’re real hungry and you know that just munching can do no good, you need to walk that extra mile. This is the easiest sandwich recipe that is sure to fill up your belly, and gets done jhatpat. With the goodness of tomatoes and basil leaves, this one is going to be your favourite midnight snack for sure.

Mug Cake

Sometimes, a lil’ indulgence at midnight does no harm! And we’ve just got the right dessert for that. Preparing something sweet has always been regarded as a task but this cake is easy and gets done fatafat. You need just 4 ingredients and less than 10 minutes, and your sweet tooth will be satiated to the fullest. Try out this recipe!

Jhaal Muri

While some people have their sweet tooth cravings, some like to spice theirs up. Just like bhel is to Mumbai, so is Jhaal Muri to Kolkata. This simple yet delicious snack can be put together in minutes and features typical Bengali ingredients. If you’re looking for something spicy for your midnight snacking, this one’s the best to go with!


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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 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.