Indian Origin: Must-try Indian snacks!

When you find yourself in India, one of the things that would complete your trip is our myriad of tasty snacks. Here at Indian Origin, we can’t stress enough how delicious these treats are which is why we started this company in the first place. We wanted to spread the word about them and bring them to the masses so more people can appreciate the wonders of this cuisine.

From sweet to savoury and everything in between, we have everything here in our country! If you want to learn more about them, here’s everything you need to know:

Samosa

If you visit India, chances are, you’ve seen Samosas as they’re one of the most common snacks in the country. These  tasty treats are deep-fried triangular pastries filled with stuffings. The results are golden brown goodness that provides an ooze of flavour with every bite thanks to its filling.

Speaking of fillings, the possibilities used to stuff these pockets of dough are infinite, whether it be savoury or sweet! Traditionally, the ones used in Samosas are mashed potatoes, green peas and a variety of herbs and spices. However, throughout the years, locals started to get more creative and now offer these types of fillings:

  • Fried rice
  • Cheese
  • Chocolate
  • Eggs
  • Chicken
  • Minced meat
  • Pasta.

This is one of those snacks that you need to try to confidently say that your trip to India is complete. Not only because it’s a delicious treat but also for its strong cultural and historical significance. Samosas have been a favourite for generations and we can say that they will continue to do so in the future years.

Because of the ingredients used in Samosas, it’s notoriously known for being carb-heavy. Nonetheless, you’d still enjoy this tasty snack whichever time of the day it is.

Vada Pav

If you’re wondering which snack to try from the overwhelming choices this cuisine has to offer, we recommend going for the Vada Pav which is a common go-to for locals. This snack’s immense popularity is because of various reasons. Aside from its delicious flavours, Vada Pav is cheap and can be found in almost every corner of the country, whether it be restaurants or food stalls.

Vada Pav is an Indian snack that looks like a burger but instead of regular patties that are made of beef, they use something called potato patties which are exactly what they sound like.

These homemade patties are then mixed with other ingredients including:

  • Powdered red chilli
  • Green chilli
  • Coriander
  • Chickpea.

The patties are then deep-fried in boiling vegetable oil before being out between bread buns. Then, you can eat them as you would with a burger but with a more fluffy texture and an interesting combination of different spices. Lastly, a selection of sauces can be served on the side to further enhance the flavour of this dish.

Bhaji

After a tiring day of walking through the different tourist spots in India, you can stop and slow down time during the afternoon with a plate of Bhaji and a cup of tea. Bhajis are deep-fried snacks made up of battered onions, potatoes, chillis and capsicum. The result is a tasty treat that’s crispy on the outside but hot and gooey on the inside. 

This delicious snack is often enjoyed during the colder season in India because they’re usually served hot along with your favourite hot beverage. Its bite-sized pieces are also the reason why it’s one of the best comfort foods you can try in the country. 

Khaman

Khaman is an essential part of Indian cuisine, particularly in Gujarat. These are delectable spongy bite-sized cakes that are flavoured with an interesting combination of ingredients. This include:

  • Coriander leaves
  • Chillis
  • Coconut.

Its lightweight quality is a huge reason why they’re beloved by almost everyone in the country because it’s equal to low calories. Moreover, it makes it a great choice if you’re craving something sweet and light on the tummy.

Kachori

When it comes to Kachoris, there are different types that you can enjoy. However, the main constant between these types is that they’re made up of fine flour that has been deep-fried and shaped into balls. These balls are flavoured with different spices such as lentils, black pepper and onions, and are served alongside a selection of sauces like tamarind, mint and potato curry.

This comfort food is a local favourite and it has spanned numerous generations because of its easy-to-eat nature and delicious flavours. Some of the different versions of this dish include:

  • Raj kachori
  • Masal kachori
  • Baked kachori
  • Matar kachori
  • Dry fruit kachori
  • Onion kachori.

Poha

If you’re looking for something heavy on the tummy, then Poha will be right up your alley. This messy plating consisting of rice, namkeen sev, tomatoes and more makes for a delicious and nutritious snack. Usually, locals serve this snack alongside a sweet pretzel and Jalebi to contrast the flavour of the Poha itself.

Once you find yourself in the Central Indian State, you can’t miss this snack as it’s served in various restaurants and food stalls there.

Momos

Out of all the items on this list, the ones that will look most familiar to tourists are momos because of their dumpling-like qualities. You’ll find this being served in various parts of the country but mainly in the northern region.

These pockets of dough can be stuffed with different kinds of fillings such as meat, veggies, herbs and pork. To further enhance the flavour of this tasty treat, they’re also served alongside two different sauces one of which provides a tangy flavour while the other is a red chilli-based sauce. 

Masala Papad

If you’re looking for a quick fix of Indian delicacy, then you can try the Masala Papad which is a tortilla-like dish seasoned with various local herbs and spices. The closest dish you can compare this to is a plate of nachos but instead of being triangular and bite-sized, Masala Papad is a whole circular chip.

It is then seasoned with the following ingredients:

  • Chopped onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Grated coconut
  • coriander.

To finish the dish off, you can add a bit of tanginess by squeezing lemon juice all over the plate. On the other hand, if you think that you can use more spiciness into the mix, you can also add green chillis to garnish the dish.

Tikka

One of the most common types of street food found in India is Tikka and it can be found anywhere between street stalls to the fanciest hotels. Think of it as a barbeque but instead of beef or pork, it’s a skewer of chicken, paneer or fish.

Another difference it has from normal barbeques is that before being thrown into the grill, they’re marinated in yoghurt and an assortment of herbs and spices. This combination of flavourful ingredients helps produce a savoury and fragrant aroma that draws in hundreds of locals to the food stalls around the country.

Lastly, this dish is served alongside a carefully curated sauce that helps to amplify the already powerful flavour of Tikka.

Bombay Mix

If you’re going to visit India you can’t miss a bag of Bombay Mix. These are essentially a collection of dried ingredients usually accustomed to the dishes of the country such as chickpeas, lentils, peanuts, sev. Whichever one you pull out from this bag, you’ll be greeted with a delicious and distinct flavour.

This easy-to-eat nature makes it a great go-to snack for parties. You can easily serve this snack in its own bag or pour everything into a bowl for easier access.

Sabudana khichadi

Tourists may commonly associate tapioca pearls with boba teas and other sweet treats. However, Indians do it a bit different from others by serving it as a savoury dish in the form of Sabudana khichadi.

In this hearty dish, the tapioca pearls are seasoned with local spices such as cumin, red chilli powder, salt and many others. To finish it off, a bunch of coriander leaves and grated coconut are sprinkled on top of the dish.

Kosambari

If you’re curious to find out what an Indian version of a salad would look like, then look no further than the Kosambari. The ingredients you’ll find in this local delicacy perfectly describes what Indian cuisine is all about. It contains legumes, green gram and Bengal gram.

Order these snacks today!

Now that you’ve left your mouth watering from these delicious snacks, it’s time for you to try them for yourself! These snacks won’t disappoint in satisfying both your tummy and taste buds. Also, the best part is that they come in different flavours so no two snacks will taste the same! 

What are you waiting for? Order now from us here at Indian Origin and satisfy your cravings. All you have to do is place your desired orders in your cart, check out and you’re good to go!

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