It is that time of the year when the sun goes home early and the evenings are longer, darker and colder. We spend to get more time indoors and go for an additional round of coffee, tea or any hot beverage demanded by the weather. Biting into something nice along with a cuppa would not harm anyone! I have picked a few easy snacking options that can be prepared at home with minimum planning.
Steamed Corn Cobs
Fresh raw corn cobs are easily available in the stores and from road-side vendors. Remove the husk and cook with water and required salt in the pressure cooker for 3-4 whistles – done!
I like the corn cobs than the frozen sweet corn that you get in departmental stores. You can use them too if you don’t have access to fresh cobs. Put them in boiling water and toss them with little butter, salt and chili powder.
Boiled peanuts are the quick way to whip up a spicy snack. Soak one of the below in the morning and sundal can be made in a jiffy for healthy evening snack time.
- Green gram or Pachapayaru
- Blackeyed peas
- Channa dhal
This is one of our family favorites. We buy pori or puffed rice from a vendor in the local market regularly for years now. My mom makes it in two different ways.
- Fry mustard seeds, garlic, dry chilies, curry leaves, peanuts, fried channa dhal or potukadalai along with a little turmeric powder and required salt. Add this to the puffed rice and mix well. You can store this in an airtight container and will stay for a week.
- Chop shallots, fresh coconut, coriander leaves. Transfer to a mixing bowl, add pori along with a handful of friend channa dhal. Mix well and drizzle few drops of plain coconut oil and give it a good toss. This version cannot be stored as it contains raw shallots.
Cookies require some planning of ingredients and involve cooking time but you can make a batch and store it so that you can put your feet up, catch your favorite show on TV dunking some into coffee/tea.
A healthy alternative for coffee/tea. Sukku kaapi helps in curing sore throat, cold and indigestion. I’m sure most of us will take one course of antibiotics before winter ends and this beverage can keep us away from them. Make the powder and store in an airtight container so that it can be made in a jiffy with just a cup of boiling water.
Who does not love chocolate? Try this DIY Hot chocolate Mocha mix during lazy winter weekends. Easy to make and will be an instant hit with kids at home.
Until next time