Healthy Tea-time snacks

Healthy Tea-time snacks

By Manasi Joshi  on: 01 January 2019
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Want to eat something healthy at 'Tea-Time'? Always end up buying something unhealthy from the market?

Here is the healthy snack recipe for you.


Overnight soaked Chickpea or Kabuli chana (250 gm), Salt to taste, Chili powder (1 teaspoon / as per your taste), Chat masala (1/2 teaspoon), Lemon juice (1/2 lemon), Cooking oil (2 teaspoon)


Take overnight soaked Kabuli Chana in a pot. Add 1 cup water & 1 teaspoon salt. Boil it (covered) for 10 min. Then drain water. (Do no discard the water. You can use this water for next batch or for other recipes.)

Spread it on a baking tray. Sprinkle 2 tsp oil, salt to taste (taste chanas first before adding salt, as we have already added salt while boiling), chat masala, chili powder, lemon juice. Mix it well (with your hands / spoon) so that the spices are coated well to all the chanas.
Marinate the chanas for 1 hr & then put in the oven pre-heated at 180° C. for 30-35 minutes. (Toss them after every 10 min. to avoid uneven baking).

No. of portions: 6 (130-150 Kcal. per portion)

Marinated boiled chanas spreaded on a baking tray. 



1. Do not let them sit in the oven till they are crispy (as when they cool down, they get too hard & not crispy). Remove them out just before they are completely crispy. When they cool down, will taste perfect.

Heads-up : The tips are given after trying 2-3 batches (& wasting a batch)

2. You can make Whole moong  snacks/ Matki snacks / Whole masoor snacks etc. with the same recipe. (These pulses take lesser time to cook - 5-7 min & also in oven for baking 20-25 min)

3. Add chopped onion, tomato, coriander leaves & sprinkle some chat masala, lemon juice...And the healthy snack is ready for tea-time.

4. It is tasty, protein rich, low in fat as we are not frying.

5. You can also make a batch with just salt, jeera powder and lemon juice; if you do not eat spicy. This will also make it suitable for kids. Experiment with the toppings as per your choice.   

6. Store in air-tight container. This will last you for a month.



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