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Apr 01

Six snack ideas for the IPL matches

The Indian Premier League matches begin on the 3rd of April and I am sure most of the cricket buffs out there are anxiously waiting for them to begin. I think cricket Is a great sport! And the craze and enthusiasm for IPL is just awesome! Its a great opportunity to get together and spend an evening watching the match.

But the biggest question, as with all parties is, “what’s to munch?” I think wafers and French fries are just so boring and super unhealthy. So while the cricketers prepare their game, let me give you a few ideas for some tasty munchies you can have while watching the games.- Some ready to eat snacks for those who hate to enter the kitchen and some of my recipes for the ones who don’t mind the effort if the reward is worth it. And its not much effort-I promise!

1. Dry fruits: Roasted dry fruits are among the best snacking options available. They provide a lot of vitamins and are quite tasty. But be careful of excessive consumption since they are high in cholesterol.

2. Popcorn: This is pretty light and easy to grab with all the ready packets available in the market. The microwaveable ones just make your life so easy-pop them in for 4 minutes and they are ready to serve.

3.  Green salad: Cut fresh salad-use cucumber, bell peppers, onion, carrots and top with salt and lemon. Its a very healthy snack,

4. Chholey: This is my husband’s recipe. It makes for a great snack and can also be used to accompany drinks.

Ingredients

1 can garbanzo beans (you can soak beans overnight and pressure cook them the next day for a healthier alternative)

1 tsp chat masala

2 tsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp red chilly powder

1 tsp cumin powder

salt to taste

juice of 1/2 lemon

1 tbsp. mint chutney

1 papad, roasted or fried

1 tbsp. mango pickle

Method

Heat oil in a pan. Add 1 can of garbanzo beans. Add 1 tsp chat masala, 2 tsp coriander powder, 1/2 tsp red chilly powder, 1 tsp cumin powder, salt to taste, juice of 1/2 lemon and mix well. Sauté in oil for a few minutes. When masala is slightly roasted, add 1 tbsp. mint chutney. Mix well and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Once done, divide in 2 equal parts. In one part, add crushed roasted papad (papad can be roasted over stove or in microwave for 1 minute. You can fry the papad also, if you choose) Mix well.

In the other half, add 1 tbsp mango pickle including the oil and masala. Mix well and serve.

5. Bhel Puri: Another one of those delightful snacks. Super quick, super easy.

Ingredients

1 cup puffed rice or murmura

1/4 cup sev or aloo bhujia

1/2 onion, finely chopped

1 tbsp. tamarind chutney

1 tbsp. mint chutney

4- papdi, crushed

1/2 tsp black salt, or to taste

1/2 tsp chat masala

juice of 1/2 lemon

Finely chopped tomato (optional)

Method

Take 1 cup puffed rice or murmura, sev, onion, tomato, crushed papdi, black salt, chat masala and mix well. Add tamarind and mint chutney and lemon juice and mix. Garnish with cilantro (optional) and serve cold.

6. Chana Jor Garam: There is a great bhel-like recipe that can be made with chana jor garam.

Ingredients

1 cup Haldirams Chana Jor Garam

1/2 tsp chat masala

1/4 tsp red chilly powder

1/2 tsp cumin powder

salt to taste

1/2 small onion, finely chopped

Cilantro (optional)

Method

Take about 1 cup Haldiram’s Chana Jor Garam, add 1/2 tsp chat masala, 1/4 tsp red chilly powder, 1/2 tsp cumin powder, salt to taste, 1/2 small onion (finely chopped), and some cilantro leaves and mix well. Toss it like a salad and you have a delicious snack to munch on!

So that’s it! Some ideas for munchies to snack on while you defend your team. Enjoy the IPL! And may the best team win :)

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