Kothimbir Vadi is a popular Maharashtrian snack made with chickpea flour
Mirchi Bhajji is a fiery and tangy snack from Andhra Pradesh
The Irani chai and mawa cake is a much-loved combination
Crispy, fried, spicy or sweet - what do you like to have your cup of tea with? Admit it, we all look forward to tea-time where we can enjoy a steaming cup of chai with our favourite snacks. The origin of the tradition of tea-time can be traced back to the British High Tea, a custom that is believed to have popped up during the 20th century and was lovingly embraced by other countries too. The 'Afternoon Tea' in England is a formal affair with finger sandwiches, cream tea, scones and dainty cups. In Sweden, the tradition of 'Fika' is popular with office workers - a short coffee break to catch up with friends over coffee and cake and completely separate yourself from work. It is quite similar to the Bengali 'Adda' where a group would gather informally at a local chai shop and have passionate discussions over a hot cup of tea and some tel bhajas. With the overwhelming diversity of cuisines in India, every state has something new and unique to offer. The plethora of Indian regional snacks is worth exploring. Be it the samosas from Punjab or the dhoklas from Gujarat, we all have our favourite companions that partner perfectly with a hot cup of tea.
Here are our best regional tea-time snack recipes that you definitely shouldn't miss. You'll find an interesting mix of the popular ones, those with modern twists and some desi delights you may not even have heard of. These snacks are delicious and very easy to make at home. Each of them makes use of simple ingredients and an eclectic mix of spices which makes them healthier and tastier than your store-bought stuff.
Here are 10 best regional snacks you can team with your tea
The Irani chai and mawa cake is a much-loved combination and if you ever visit a Parsi cafe for tea you'll find it on most table tops. The rich milky treat is the sort of cake you would want to have with a cup of tea after a long, exhausting day to lift up your spirits.
If you're in Uttar Pradesh, a cup of tea would be incomplete with some khasta kachoris. These flaky and fried rounds filled with a spic lentil mix are best enjoyed with tamarind chutney. If you want to be a bit creative, try the cheese and jalapeno stuffed kachori to give them a modern twist.
CommentsThis Bengali crunchy snack is flavoured with ajwain (cumin seeds) and kalonji (onion seeds). Made simply with a mix of wheat flour and maida and fried indesi ghee, it is difficult to stop yourself from eating way to many. They can be pre-made and stored and enjoyed with tea whenever you feel like.
Ditch your usual snacks and try these regional varieties at home and we're sure they will be loved by everyone.