Murukku or chakli remains one of the most popular snacks. Image via: GoDakshin, Flickr
Local is the buzzword in almost every professional kitchen. It is little wonder then that your snack-time accompaniments are going desi as well. And a host of sweet and savoury snacks from different parts of India are now available online. Most of these online stores also offer healthier versions of some of your favourite snacks by using ragi (finger millet), puffed rice, amaranth, etc. And while we’re glad they’re offering the best of both worlds, here’s a list of snacks that we’d want to get our hands on ASAP.
Maharastrian-style Til laddu. Image via: Eatelish website
While we relish the annual preparation of til laddus that our mothers labouriously and lovingly make during the Makar Sankranti, our cravings, however, do not follow the calendar. Enter Eatelish, an online food delivery service specialising in locally sourced, indigenous condiments, spice mixes and our favourite – snacks. Their til laddus are standard issue Maharashtrian style – sesame seeds, jaggery, dates, peanuts, coconut, chana dal (gram flour), ghee and cardamom. And at Rs 100 for a pack of 180g, these seem quite easy on the pocket, too.
The South Indian Store
Jackfruit chips. Image via: The South Indian Store Website
If you find yourself craving for some honest-to-goodness South Indian snacks to pair with your tea, The South Indian Store is where you’ll find it all. From jackfruit chips and sweet banana chips to the spicy Kerala mixture that your snack-loving heart desires, the website has an abundance of options to choose from. Moderately priced, you also get to choose the quantity of snacks (250g, 500g or 750g) that you wish to order.
Place of Origin
Masala namak para from Delhi’s Evergreen Sweet House. Image via: Place of Origin website
By far one of the most extensive in terms of variety, Place of Origin has snacks ranging from smaller, regional vendors to more popular establishments such as Moshe’s, in Mumbai. While their offerings do not promise to be all that healthy, we’re sticking around for old times’ sake. We’re quite excited about the spicy-tangy masala namak para from Evergreen Sweet House, one of Delhi’s most famous snack stores. And, if you’re looking for healthier options, there’s low-fat, low-sodium soya sticks, low-fat multi-grain mixtures and baked cheese khakhra, among others.
Roasted makhana with black salt seasoning. Image via: Delight Foods
If you want snacks that are healthy and tasty, Delight Foods has a special section. They have a wide selection of Indian snacks on offer, but it is the kale chips with bajra puffs that’s caught our fancy. There’s also an assortment of roasted makhana coated in different spice mixes like chat masala, black salt, etc. to make snacking less guilty and more flavourful.
Murukku. Representational image only. Image via: Sowmya Ranganathan/Flickr
For those with a soft spot for murukku, Sweet Kadai does five different types – Andhra, Onion, Kara (spiced with garlic and red chilli), Seeraga (Tamil Nadu-style, cumin-flavoured) and Garlic. The website ships to most places in India and internationally as well. And, if you also enjoy traditional South-Indian-style mixtures that are loaded with spice, flavour and texture, options like the Tirunelveli mixture from Tamil Nadu are also on the menu.