5 desi snacks, revamped

by Sanjeev Kapoor

The festive season is here and entertaining family and friends at home means you need to be prepared with a whole variety of delicious treats for them to gorge on. We decided to take some of the most popular snacks and give them a newfangled look. Here are 5 delightful recipes which put a little twist to tradition, recipes that you will enjoy preparing and your guests will enjoy eating!

Chole Aloo Pie

Chole is Punjabi pride, but can get a little too simple and monotonous for a party, so we glammed it up by creating this gorgeous Aloo chole pie. Masala chickpeas and mashed potatoes baked together in a pie dish – top this up with some cheese and serve with crisp toast for a fun interactive fun party. You can make tiny individual ones or bake a large pie and cut slices!

Cocktail Idli

Bite sized mini idlis tossed in a spicy molagapodi powder and skewered with onions, tomatoes and capsicum served over shot glasses filled with a flavourful rasam. All you need to do is a little bit of prep, so you can enjoy the party while you watch these delicious treats fly off the rack!

Pav Bhaji Fondue

Pav bhaji is a favourite for many and this fondue version takes up the style quotient of this humble Mumbai Style Street food. Crisp buttered bread croutons dunked into a spicy mixed vegetable bhaji. You can even try other exciting versions of Pav Bhaji like this Pav Bhaji Bruschetta or these fancy Pav Bhaji Martinis!

Palak aur Vegetable Samosa

A hint of pureed spinach in the samosa dough and a nutritious mixed vegetable stuffing gives the samosa a completely new twist. If you want to maintain the flavours of a traditional samosa, but just give it a new look instead, you must try these crisp pinwheel samosa made with a crunchy samosa covering and a spicy samosa filling in between.

Baked Vada Pav

Plain old vada pavs just don’t make the cut for a party menu, but these ones definitely do! Try out this baked contemporary version with freshly baked multigrain pav dough stuffed with a delicious and healthy raw banana and sweet potato mixture, spicy red garlic chutney and baked. Lives up to the deliciousness of the original and is much healthier.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.