quick snacks

Cheese Sandwich Dosa

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Dosa is a perfect healthy and filling breakfast or even as a snacks.You can always keep some dosa batter ready and handy in a refrigerator,so whenever required you can some quick dosa or idlis for your family.Normally,my kids don’t like idli’s, the like dosa. But I was quiet fed up of making same dosa for them like oats ,bread and plain dosa. So today, I thought of giving a twist to our normal dosa and made a sandwich by adding some potato and tomato filling just like sandwich style and loaded with cheese. It really turned out good and yummy , they just couldn’t stop eating. I was quiet happy with my experiments as i also tried making cheesy maggie dosa and aloo masala cheese dosa.
Check out this recipe , video shared on you tube.

Preparation time : 10 mins
cooking time : 5 mins
Serves : 2


1 bowl dosa batter / rice /rava/oats/any dosa batter
1 tsp butter
1 small potato , boiled and thinly sliced
1 small tomato, thinly sliced
1 tsp pepper powder
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
2 tsp green chutney / mint chutney / sandwich chutney
¼ cup grated cheese, like cheddar or any other melting cheese
oil as required
salt as required

Directions || How to make Cheesy Sandwich dosa

Add salt to the set dosa batter and mix well.
Heat griddle or dosa pan/tava , sprinkle some water and wipe it off gently using a tissue(this helps to remove dosa quicklyavoiding to stick)
Pour a ladleful of the batter on griddle and spread the batter gently in circular motion.
Spread some butter over it , allow it to melt over dosa
Now place sliced potato and sliced tomato on half of the dosa
On the other half of dosa, apply green chutney and spread it out.
also spread tomato ketchup all over and spread it evenly,
now sprinkle some pepper powder.
sprinkle shredded cheese all over the dosa.
Lastly fold the dosa and slightly press uniformly so that it gets sticked.
Flip the other side and cook for a minute so that cheese melts.
cheesy dosa sandwich is ready to be served , You can also serve by cutting into triangle shape.
Serve hot with any peanut or coconut or tomato chutney or even ketchup.


Paneer Cutlets/Paneer Patties

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Paneer cutlet recipe, easy to prepare crisp cutlets made with cottage cheese (paneer) ,potatoes and corn mixed with spices,coated in breadcrumbs and shallow fried.
They are a very popular Indian snack dish that can also be served as an appetizer.
Elders as well as kids will surely love this recipe that is made using paneer and potatoes and can be served as after school snacks.
Watch this step by step recipe and do leave me your valuable feedback.

prep time 20 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
serves 4


200 grams paneer OR 1.75 cups grated or crumbled paneer
3 small OR 1 cup potatoes
1 cup boiled corn
2 green chilies, chopped
2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1 teaspoon garam masala powder
1 teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
1 teaspoon cumin powder (jeera powder)
1 cup rice flour or corn starch
2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup breadcrumbs
oil for pan frying

Directions || how to make paneer cutlet

In a bowl, add crumbled paneer,boiled potato and boiled corn.
Next add all the spice – red chili powder,cumin powder and garam masala , green chillies and chopped coriander.
Add 3 to 4 tablespoons rice flour and salt as required. instead of rice flour, you can also use corn starch.
Squeeze some lemon juice and mix everything very well. do check the taste and if required add more salt.
Take a portion of the mixture and shape in to patties.
Next in a plate take some breadcrumbs, place the paneer cutlet on the breadcrumbs coat well.
Make all cutlets this way and coat them with breadcrumbs.keep aside.

frying paneer cutlets:

heat 3 tablespoons oil in a pan or tawa. keep the flame to medium-low or medium and place the paneer cutlets.
when the base is golden, flip gently without breaking them.
fry the second side too without golden. flip a couple of times till the paneer cutlets are crisp and golden.
place fried paneer cutlets on kitchen paper towels to remove excess oil.
serve paneer cutlet hot with any sauce or chutney or dip.

Thin Poha Chivda(Patal Poha Chiwada)

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Patal Poha (Thin Poha) Chivda is another diwali snack. This is my all time crispy favourite snack and it can be a good tea time snack too. This is a very simple and easy recipe and a quick snack made from thin poha, dry fruits, peanuts, spices in maharashtrian style.

preparation time 5 minutes
cooking time 20 minutes

servings 4 to 5


For roasting

2 cups white poha ( flattened rice)
⅓ cup peanuts
⅓ cup chana dal bengal gram)
⅓ cup cashew nuts (kaju)
¼ cup chopped dry coconut slices – optional
⅓ cup of oil for frying

For tempering poha chivda:

3 green chilies – sliced or chopped
4 to 15 curry leaves (kadi patta)
¼ tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tablespoon sugar or powdered sugar
1 to 1.5 teaspoons salt or add as required
½ tablespoon oil

Directions || How to prepare Poha chivda

Keep ready all the ingredients as per the measurement in a bowl.

Take a thick bottomed pan or kadai with a handle.

Add for oil and fry the peanuts till it turns crispy and crunchy , remove it from pan or kadhai and allow it to cool in a bowl or a plate.

similarly fry 1/3 cup of chana dal till they become crisp. remove the chana dal and cashews from the pan and place it in a bowl.

For tempering :

In the same kadai or pan,heat 1/3 cup of oil for deep frying.

Then add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter , next add cumin seeds.

Add curry leaves, green chilies and a generous pinch of salt.

Then sprinkle ¼ turmeric powder and 1 to 1.5 teaspoons salt or add salt as per taste.

Now add ¼ cup dry coconut slices till they become crisp and light golden or golden.

Keep the flame to a low. then add 2 cups of thin poha or rice flakes in it.

Roast the poha. gently shake the pan so that the poha gets evenly roasted.

since they are papery, light and delicate saute it very gently ad lightly.

Within 3 to 4 minutes the poha flakes will change their texture and become crisp. don’t roast the poha on a high flame.

Next add the fried ingredients – peanuts, cashews and chana dal to the roasted poha and shake the pan so that everything gets mixed.

on a low flame, add sugar and keep mixing the chivda gently and lightly.

Turn off the gas and let the chivda mixture settle in the hot pan for 1 or 2 mins ,this will make the chivda more crunchy and crispy.

After 2 mins remove the poha chivda in another plate and let it cool at room temperature. once cooled, then store in an air-tight box and container.

Serve the poha chivda as a tea time snack.

Crispy rice chakali/chakli

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Marathi style “Chakli”/”chakali” or even called as “murukku” in south india is the traditional snacks mostly prepared during festivals like Diwali. This chalki is a deep fried snack made from rice flour, gram flour or mixture of lentils flours. This one of the most famous Diwali faraal and today i am sharing my favorite family recipe of instant chakli.

Wishing you all again a happy fun filled and a safe diwali.


COOK TIME 30 minutes

SERVINGS 22 to 25 chaklis

INGREDIENTS (1 cup = 250 ml)

2 cup rice flour (chawal ka atta)
1 cup besan (roasted gram flour)
1 tbsp hot cooking oil
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
½ teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds)
2 teaspoon red chili powder or add as required (lal mirch powder)
¼ cup tablespoon sesame seeds – white or black (safed til or kala til)
¼ cup lukewarm water – add as required
oil for deep frying
salt as required

Directions || How to make Instant cripsy rice chakali.

  • In a bowl add rice flour and gram flour .
  • Next add the carom seeds, sesame seeds, turmeric powder, red chili powder and salt.
  • Mix everything with a spoon.
  • Heat butter or oil in a bowl or small pan.
  • Add the hot butter or oil to flour mixture.
  • heat water till it starts boiling.
  • Allow it cool till it turns lukewarm then add the water in parts to the flour mixture. mix with a spoon.
  • Add more hot water as required and begin kneading to a firm dough
  • Cover and let the dough rest for 15 minutes.
  • Directions making instant chakli:

  • apply some oil in the chakli/murukku maker and place a portion of the dough inside it.
  • tighten the lid and press the chakli maker to prepare the chakli. move in rounds to get a spiral shape.
  • Break the dough towards the end and press it to the last concentric circle of the spiral.
  • Heat oil for deep frying in a pan,lift the chakli gently and slid into the hot oil.
  • Fry 3 to 4 chaklis at a time. don’t over crowd the kadai or pan while frying.
  • Fry the chaklis till it turns golden in color.Drain them well to remove excess oil.
  • Fry the remaining batches in the same way. once the chaklis are cooled at room temperature, then store them in an airtight box or jar.
  • serve the chakalis as a snack with chai or you can just have them plain.

Baita Roti (Egg roti)

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Baida Roti or Egg Roll is an awesome and delicious combination of eggs and chicken(meat) which is shallow fried in ghee. This yummy flavorful Indian bread stuffed with minced mutton or chicken should be a must go dish in the month of holy Ramadan. You can even prepare this dish for parties or get together s. Do watch this step by step video for
cripsy Baida Roti.

Preparation time : 20 minss
Cooking time : 20 mins
Serves : 4



For the dough:

250 gm maida
1 tsp oil
Salt to taste


For the filling:

250 gm minced chicken or meat(keema)
1/2 small onion, chopped
Half cup chopped fresh coriander leaves
2 eggs, beaten

Salt to taste

Directions || How to make Baida Roti

Mix the maida, oil, salt and water and knead it into a soft dough.

Make five to six equal portions from the dough.

Now, roll out each portion of dough into a thin, square-shaped chapatti.

Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan or a tawa. Place the chappati on the pan.

Place some mince chicken or meat (keema) (you can watch my video how to prepare keema), in the centre of the chapatti.

Pour a spoonful of beaten egg,onions and coriander over and around the mince chicken.

Fold the sides of the chapatti to cover the meat and egg, like in a square packet.

Flip and pour some ghee around the folded chappati again. Fry till it turns golden brown in colour.

Your baida roti is done!!

Serve with green chutney.