“It’s late, we’re eager & the rats in our stomach are shouting for food.” Yet, before you get the keys to unlock those unhealthy foods look at this rundown of less nourishment trance state initiating late-night cravings. It might require somewhat more work than swinging through a fast food joint. However, the result is the truly tasty fulfilment of knowing you’re bolstering yourself well.
Every night when you feel hungry, try to think about something that you need to eat rather than what you want to eat. So, here are a few protein-rich healthy & tasty snacks that you can choose to munch on for the night. Make these super easy snacks with whatever jugaad ingredients you’ve got at your home. Go into the kitchen and prepare a healthy snack for your hungry belly.
1. Atta Noodles :-
Heat 1/2 tbsp oil in a non-stick pan and add 1/2 finely chopped onion pieces, green chilly, green peas, carrot and sweet corns in it. Add turmeric powder, salt, chilli powder according to taste. After the veggies are cooked well, add 300ml water in it and noodles tastemaker in it. Stir on medium flame & add Maggi Vegetable Atta Noodles and coriander in this. Cook for a few minutes & serve hot. Slurrrppp your Maggi noodles!
2. Batata Poha :-
Use thick or medium thick variety of poha available in the market & soak it with water. Add a pinch of turmeric powder & 2-3 drops of lemon juice into the soaked poha (so that we get it evenly mixed with poha) & set aside. Now heat oil in a non-stick pan or kadhai and once it is hot, add peanuts. Take out the well-roasted peanuts & keep the aside. Now add mustard seeds, green chillies, chopped potatoes & onions in the same oil. Stir fry & add salt. After this is cooked well add all the rest ingredients including soaked poha & roasted peanuts. Close the pan lid & cook for 1-2min on a low flame. Open the lid & add coriander leaves & 1 tbsp sugar (if you like it a bit sweet). Serve hot.
3. Vegetable Frankie :-
Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add cumin seeds, onions carrot, green peas, ginger, green chillies, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, salt and sauté on medium heat for two minutes. Transfer to a plate and cool. Add mashed potatoes, coriander leaves and amchur powder and mix well. To prepare the Frankie, place a roti (chapati) on a flat working surface, spread a teaspoon of green chutney all over the roti. Place the above-prepared mixture on it & roll the chapati, wrap it in aluminium foil and serve immediately.
4. French fries :-
Peel 2-3 potatoes & wash them well. With a sharp knife cut potatoes into slices of even thickness. Carefully slide these slices into hot oil and deep-fry on medium heat till half was done. Take them out on a tissue paper or an absorbent paper. Serve hot with ketchup.
5. Popcorn :-
Heat the oil in a thick-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Put 3 or 4 popcorn kernels into the oil. When the kernels pop, add a 1/3rd cup of popcorn kernels in an even layer. Cover the pan and put on low heat. Once the popping starts in earnest, gently shake the pan by moving it back and forth over the burner. Once the popping is done. You’re ready to serve the hot popcorn.
6. Multigrain bread & butter :-
Buy a multigrain or a whole wheat bread from the market. You can use peanut butter or normal salted butter whichever way you like. For late night cravings, these will be a healthy choice. Simply spread the butter on one slice of bread & put another slice over it. Eat it whenever you like. Remember to store these in a fridge to use it whenever necessary.
7. Ready-made chicken nuggets :-
Buy Mccain Chicken nuggets & store them in a refrigerator them to be utilised in emergency conditions. Ofcourse, late night hunger pangs are an emergency. Open the pack & take out as many nuggets as you want to & store the rest in a fridge again. Heat considerable oil in a pan for deep frying on a medium-high flame. After the oil is heated well, deep fry these chicken nuggets & take out when golden-brown. Serve hot with tomato ketchup.
8. Oatmeal Pancakes :-
In a medium bowl combine all the dry ingredients (flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon). In another medium bowl combine all wet ingredients (milk & eggs). In a large bowl add wet & dry ingredients and mix until the batter is slightly lumpy. Heat oil/butter in a flat pan or tawa at medium heat. Pour a small amount of pancake batter on it, see for bubbles & flip over and cook for about 2 more minutes. Cook on both sides. Serve hot.
9. Omelette :-
Take a medium bowl. Add 2 eggs, finely chopped onions, green chillies & finely chopped tomatoes. Whisk them together to make it soft and smooth. Keep aside. Now take a non-stick pan & spread some oil/butter on it. Spread the solution from the bowl on the pan evenly. Simmer the flame. Wait till it bubbles & then flip it on the other side. Cook on both sides till light golden-brown. Serve hot with some ketchup.
10. Ready-made Pasta :-
Buy a Maggi Pazzta pack & store it for late night food cravings. Whenever needed, open the pack & empty the contents in a pan. Add 1 medium cup of water to this 1 pack of pazzta, add tastemaker and stir well. Put the pan on a medium flame & stir continuously for 5-7min. When the pasta is cooked well & the water is soaked in the content, close the flame & serve hot. You can also make it by firstly frying some finely chopped onions, tomato, chillies & adding salt to taste. After these ingredients are cooked well, add the above-mentioned pazzta pack contents in this & cook. Serve hot with ketchup.
11. Vegetable sprouts salad :-
Heat one cup of water in a pan, add sprouted moong, chana and Kabuli chana and cook on medium heat for two minutes. Remove and drain excess water. Keep in a refrigerator to cool for about half an hour. In a large mixing bowl add all the sprouts, onion, cucumber, capsicum and tomatoes and toss them lightly. Add lemon juice, green chillies, salt and chaat masala. Mix well and serve garnished with coriander leaves.
12. Vegetable sandwich :-
Chop some vegetables including carrots, onions, boiled potatoes, cabbage leaves & tomatoes. Add salt, chaat masala & some chilly powder. Mix them well. Take a slice of multigrain bread & spread this mixture over it. Cover with another slice of bread & grill it in a sandwich maker. Don’t worry if you miss out on a sandwich maker. Take a non-stick Tawa & spread some oil/butter on it. Flip it well & roast these on both sides. Serve hot with chutney or tomato ketchup.
13. Peanut fried rice :-
Take plain cooked basmati rice for fried rice. You can also utilise your leftover rice. Take a pan, add some oil in it. On a medium flame when the oil is warm add jeera, chopped onions, tomato, chillies & peanuts. Once they’re roasted well, add the cooked rice in it. Mix well & cover it with a lid. Once cooked, serve hot with coriander garnishing.
14. Bhelpuri :-
Mix puffed rice (Murmura), mashed boiled potatoes, onions, tomatoes. Add lightly crushed nimkis/paapdi & golgappas & sev to it. Garnish with coriander leaves & some lemon juice. Serve immediately.
So, these were some of the handy recipes you can make while at home to silence your midnight food cravings. Let those elephants in your stomach get some snacks & try these delicious recipes at home.
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