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Snacks for Boosting Goodwill!

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India and Pakistan share much of their common histories, culture ,cuisines, languages and religion. Following snacks are much popular in both countries .These snacks may helps in boosting goodwill in both countries.

1.Pakora:Pakora is a type of Indian cuisine or Pakistani cuisine created by taking ingredients such as chicken, onion, eggplant, lentils, potato, spinach, cauliflower, tomato, and chilli, dipping them in a batter of gram flour and then deep-frying them. They are usually served as snacks or appetizers.

In Pakistan, Muslims make pakora in Iftari dinner in the holy month of Ramadan. Pakora is a common snack in Pakistan as well as India.






2.Samosa:A samosa is a common snack in South Asia, in countries such as India and Pakistan.

It generally consists of a fried triangular- or tetrahedron-shaped pastry shell with a savory potato, onion, fresh coriander,  Paneer and pea stuffing, but other stuffings like minced meat and fish are often used. The size and shape of a samosa, as well as the consistency of the pastry used, can vary considerably. It can be spicy and is often eaten with chutney, such as mint, coriander or tamarind. It is often savored with tea or coffee. It can also be prepared as a sweet form, rather than as a savory one. In Pakistan samosas come in various sizes and with various stuffings, and are often accompanied by various kinds of chutneys, such as mango chutney and mint chutney. In the city of Hyderabad, India, a smaller version of the samosa with a thicker pastry crust and mince filled center is called a Luqmi.

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3.Shami Kebab:A Shami is a small patty of minced beef, mutton or chicken and ground chickpeas and spices.

Shami kebabs are an extremely popular snack in India and Pakistan. They are often garnished with lemon juice and/or sliced raw onions, and are usually eaten with chutney made from mint or coriander. They are also served along with Sheer Qorma on Muslim Eid Days.



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shantihhh's picture
Speaking of Samosas-an easy and perhaps healthier alternative to deep frying is to use egg roll wrapers, phylo dough or for more flavour pate brisee and then bake the samosas. You can buy these types of wrappers in the freezer/refrigerator sections of your local makets. Pate Brisee is easy to make in your food processor but of course it contains butter. Whereas you can just use a healthy olive oil spray on the eggroll wrapper or phylo dough. They bke quickly and can be served as a snack or appetiser.
Ganesh.Dutta's picture
thanks for this type healthy suggestion!
Ganesh.Dutta's picture
thanks for this type healthy suggestion!
Lynnb1072's picture
In your Pikora recipe you mention gram flour,can you tell me what gram flower is and how I can find it?
master2006's picture
Gram flour is probably the healthiest food in this world. Legends have it that emperor Shanjahan (who bult Tajmahal) spent last decades of his life only on gram flour. Grams or black grams otherwise known as "Chana" can be found in Indian grocery stores or International food section of US/UK grocery stores. Gram is very high on protein and taste and super low on glycemic index, great for healthy people and great for people who are trying to manage their weight.
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shantihhh's picture
Gram Flour is also called Besan in Indian Markets. It has such a wonderful nutty taste. Love it.
Ganesh.Dutta's picture
Gram flour is also known as chana flour or besan. It is a staple ingredient in Indian cuisine, and is used in various foods such as sweets and bombay mix. It consists of ground chana dal, which is also known as Bengal grams in some localities. (Chickpeas are larger and light brown in color and are used in making items like falafel, while chana are smaller and dark brown in color.) Vegetables deep-fried in gram flour batter are known as pakoras. When onions are fried they are known as onion bhajis. Gram flour contains carbohydrates and hence may not be suitable for low-carbohydrate diets, but it is suitable for gluten-free diets. It is also used as a facial exfoliant, something that is very popular in India and Pakistan, by making a paste by mixing it with water and sometimes plain yogurt as well. In Myanmar, gram flour is used to make Burmese tofu. thanks master2006,shanti&lynnb
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Snacks For Boosting Goodwill!