Oil-Free Tasty Snacks For A Healthy Body

Oil-Free Tasty Snacks For A Healthy Body

Snacks have become an important part of the modern diet. Over the past 20 years, the average number of snacks consumed per day has doubled. Today, snacks form a substantial part of the total calorie intake and impact the overall quality of the diet. Hence, it is important to choose the right ones to stay fit and healthy. This is where oil-free snacks can help. Here are few oil-free healthy snack recipes that you can indulge in guilt-free.

  1. Oil-Free Besan Flour Snack (Gujrati Khandvi)

Prep Time: 10 min; Cooking Time: 20 min; Total Time: 30 min; Serves: 5
• 1 cup gram flour/garbanzo bean flour/besan
• 1 cup yogurt, preferably sour
• 2 cups water
• 1/2 teaspoon heeng/asafoetida
• 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder/haldi
• Salt to taste
• 2 tablespoons desiccated fresh coconut
• 2 tablespoons shredded carrot (optional)
• 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro/coriander leaves
For Tempering
• 1/2 teaspoon heeng/asafoetida
• 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
• 3 green chilies: 2 chilies split, and 1 chili very finely chopped
How To Prepare

  1. To make oil-free khandvi, you need a heavy bottom pan and butter paper so that the batter doesn’t stick to the pan.
  2. Combine curd and 1 ½ cups of water in a deep bowl and whisk thoroughly. Keep it aside.
  3. Combine besan, curd-water mixture, asafoetida, lemon juice, turmeric powder, ginger-green chili paste, and salt in a deep nonstick pan and whisk well until there are no lumps and you obtain a smooth mixture.
  4. Cook the batter on low heat for 10 minutes. Check its thickness. It should neither be too watery nor very thick.
  5. Spread spoonfuls of the batter on the butter paper-wrapped pan and spread them evenly in thin layers.
  6. Allow them to cool for 5-10 minutes and roll them up tightly.
  7. For tempering, dry roast mustard seeds along with a pinch of asafoetida.
  8. Pour the tempering along with grated coconut, coriander leaves, and green chilies over khandvis.
    2.Broccoli Balls
    Prep Time: 15 min; Cooking Time: 25 min; Total Time: 40 min; Serves: 6

  1. • 1 ½ cups grated broccoli
    • ½ cup finely chopped onion
    • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
    • ¼ teaspoon chipotle pepper
    • ½ teaspoon garlic
    • 1 teaspoon chia seeds, soaked in water
    • ½ cup breadcrumbs
    • ¼ cup almond meal
    • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
    • Salt to taste
    How To Prepare
  2. Preheat the oven to 400o F.
  3. Sauté the onions.
  4. Add the grated broccoli and salt to the pan and cook until the moisture evaporates. Remove from the heat.
  5. Add the spices, breadcrumbs, and almond meal. Stir well.
  6. Add the soaked chia seeds and mix well.
  7. Divide the mixture into 10-12 balls.
  8. Place the balls on a lined baking tray and bake for 25 minutes.
  9. After 15 minutes, turn the baking sheet around and bake for 10 minutes more.

3.Savory Herb Whole Grain Crackers

Prep Time: 15 min; Cooking Time: 15 min; Total Time: 30 min; Serves: 6

• 1 cup whole wheat flour
• 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
• 2 teaspoons mixed herbs like oregano and basil
How To Prepare

  1. Make a stiff dough with the ingredients and water.
  2. Roll it out into thin chapatis and cut it into strips.
  3. Bake at 450° F for 10-15 minutes until they are crisp.


  1. Prep Time: 20 min; Cooking Time: 30 min; Total Time: 50 min; Serves: 6
    • 1 cup flour
    • Water to make a dough
    • Salt to taste
    • ½ teaspoon pepper
    • 1 head of broccoli, finely shredded
    • 1 cup bean sprouts, chopped
    How To Prepare
  2. Make a smooth and pliant dough with flour and water.
  3. Roll it out into small thin chapatis.
  4. Add the filling made by mixing broccoli, bean sprouts, salt, and pepper. Bring the edges together to form a small pouch.
  5. Place the momos in a steamer and steam until they are cooked.

5.Daal Ki Chaat

Prep Time: 20 min; Cooking Time: 5 min; Total Time: 25 min; Serves: 6
• 1 cup yellow moong dal, parboiled
• Salt to taste
• 1/4 cup grated carrot
• 1/4 cup pomegranate
• 1/2 cup chopped raw mangoes
• A mixture of coriander and mint leaves, chopped
• Chaat masala, as required
• 4 teaspoons lemon juice
How To Prepare
Mix and toss all the ingredients together for a scrumptious chaat/ moong dal salad.

  1. Bengal Gram Tangy Chatpata Snack

Prep Time: 25 min; Cooking Time: 5 min; Total Time: 30 min; Serves: 3

• 1 cup Bengal gram soaked overnight
• ¼ cup chopped onion
• ¼ cup chopped tomato
• ½ cup chopped cucumber
• 2 tablespoons finely chopped raw mango
• 3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
• 3 tablespoons lime juice
• ½ teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
• ½ teaspoon red chili powder
• ½ teaspoon chopped green chili
• ½ teaspoon cumin powder
How To Prepare
Toss all ingredients together in a bowl to enjoy a tangy and spicy snack.

  1. Oats And Palak Dhokla

    Prep Time: 20 min; Cooking Time: 20 min; Total Time: 40 min; Serves: 4

  1. • 1/2 cup quick-cooking rolled oats powdered in the mixie
    • 1/2 cup semolina
    • 1/4 cup fresh yogurt
    • 1/2 teaspoon green chili paste
    • 1/2 cup chopped spinach
    • 1/2 teaspoon fruit salt
    • ¾ cup water
    How To Prepare
  2. Make a batter with oats, semolina, curd, green chili paste, salt, and water.
  3. Add the spinach and two tablespoons of water for a smooth batter.
  4. Just before steaming, add the fruit salt and mix gently.
  5. Pour the batter into a thali and steam for 7-8 minutes.
  6. Cool and cut into diamond-shaped pieces.

8.Hariyali Paneer Snacks Without Oil (Paneer Tikka)

Prep Time: 15 min; Cooking Time: 20 min; Total Time: 35 min; Serves: 4

• 200 g paneer/cottage cheese
• ¼ cup mint leaves
• ¼ cup coriander leaves
• 1 green chili
• ¼ teaspoon ginger garlic paste
• 1 teaspoon lemon juice
• 5 tablespoons thick curd
• Seasonal vegetables
• ¼ teaspoon garam masala
• A pinch of black salt
• A pinch of turmeric powder
• Salt as needed
How to Prepare

  1. Prepare a fine paste of green chili, coriander, and mint leaves along with lemon juice without adding any water.
  2. In a bowl, add cubed paneer along with the green paste, ginger garlic paste, chaat masala, garam masala powder, turmeric powder, black salt, and thick curd.
  3. Mix well so that each paneer cube is fully covered with the paste. Marinade the cubes for 4-6 hours in the fridge.
  4. Insert each paneer in a bamboo skewer, followed by baked vegetable cubes, and grill on a nonstick tawa or baking tray (180o C for 15-20 min), rotating each side.
  5. Serve with mint yogurt chutney or sweet tamarind chutney.

9.Oil-Free Hummus And Carrot Sticks

Prep Time: 30 min; Cooking Time: 5 min; Total Time: 35 min; Serves: 4
• 3 cups cooked chickpeas or garbanzo beans
• 6 teaspoons minced garlic
• 3 teaspoons chili powder
• 1 teaspoon cumin
• 2 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
• 6 tablespoons lime juice
• ½ teaspoon pepper
• Salt to taste
How To Prepare

  1. Use a food processor to blend all the ingredients.
  2. Add 2-3 tablespoons of water and blend into a smooth paste.
  3. Serve it with carrot sticks.

10.Chicken Poppers

Prep Time: 30 min; Cooking Time: 10 min; Total Time: 40 min; Serves: 4
• 2 lbs boneless chicken, cubed
• 4 eggs
• 1 tablespoon water
• ½ teaspoon dried oregano
• 2 cups flour
• ½ teaspoon chili powder
• 1 teaspoon paprika
• 8 cups crushed Rice Krispies
• Salt to taste
How To Prepare

  1. Whisk the eggs with a tablespoon of water.
  2. Mix flour, chili powder, paprika, salt, and dried oregano in a shallow bowl.
  3. Roll the chicken pieces in the flour, dip them into the egg mixture, and roll them in the crushed Rice Krispies.
  4. Place them in the air fryer and cook them at 180o C for 10 minutes.

11.Rainbow Fruit Kebab

Prep Time: 20 min; Cooking Time: 5 min; Total Time: 25 min; Serves: 2

• 6 thick slices of kiwi
• 6 strawberries, halved
• 8 black grapes
• 8 cubes of watermelon
• 6 pieces of peach
• 4 blueberries
• 2 tablespoons yogurt
• ¼ cup almond milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• ½ teaspoon drinking chocolate powder
How To Prepare

  1. In a bowl, mix yogurt, almond milk, vanilla extract, and chocolate powder.
  2. Skewer the fruits.
  3. Drizzle the yogurt dip on top of the fruit kebab sticks.

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