This home-made puffed rice namkeen is the perfect snack for that 4 pm wali hunger

Don’t buy diet namkeen. Make it at home, with this easy recipe that you can whip up in 20 minutes.
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Nikita Bhardwaj Updated: 17 Nov 2019, 16:03 pm IST
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Hey, it’s four o’clock grumbles our stomach every day without fail. The more you ignore it, the louder it growls. And to save ourselves from this embarrassment we go and nibble on whatever we can get our hands on–which is nothing but junk in most cases.

Your poor stomach may not understand the concept of getting fat, but we do! That’s why we have for you an amazing snack recipe that will fill you up, without making you worry about extra calories.

Presenting, puffed rice namkeen that you can easily make at home and nibble on anytime you like.


100 gm roasted kala chana

100 gm roasted peanuts

100 gm makhana (fox nuts)

500 gm puffed rice

50 gm almonds

50 gm cashews

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5 – 10 curry leaves, dried 

Salt and chat masala to taste

1 tsp olive oil


1. Heat the olive oil in a pan. Now add curry leaves, chana, peanuts, and makhana. Toss the ingredients together until they become crisp. Once done, keep aside and let cool.

2. In another pan, dry roast the almonds, cashews, and puffed rice. Once crisp, remove from the flame and let them cool down.

3. In a bowl, combine all the roasted ingredients and toss, until well combined.

4. Sprinkle some salt and chat masala on top, and toss again.

Et voila! You’re done! Your ghar ka healthy namkeen is ready to be served with a steaming cup of adrak chai. 

This low-calorie namkeen is perfect for those unwanted binge sessions as roasted chana will give you an instant dash of energy with proteins and minerals. Not to mention, it’ll also fill your tummy instantly. Puffed rice is again an interesting low-calorie option which can fill you up. Then there is the wondrous makhana which is rich in potassium and magnesium.   

So the next time post-lunch hunger strikes and you don’t want to nibble on an apple, well give this quick-fix namkeen a chance. We promise, you’ll love it! 

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