Tea-Time Treats: Classic Indian Snacks Served with Tea

Tea-time is a quintessential part of Indian culture, and no tea-time is complete without some delicious snacks to go with it. In this blog post, we'll explore some classic Indian snacks that are perfect for tea-time treats.


Samosas are one of the most popular snacks in India, and they're perfect for tea time. These savoury pastries are usually filled with spiced potatoes and peas, but they can also be filled with meat or other vegetables. Samosas are usually served with chutney made from tamarind and mint, which adds a tangy flavour to the crispy pastry. My personal favourite but can't be taken every day because of the high calories. So, I keep my number at 1 per week. (because, I have many other favourites too")


Kachoris are another popular tea-time snack in India. These fried pastries are filled with a spicy mixture of dal, peas, or potatoes. They're usually served with sweet and tangy tamarind chutney or spicy mint chutney. I like onion and urad or moong daal khasta kachori. This again is once in a week kind of tea snack for me. The reasons are the same. With the recent addition of an air fryer, I have tried air-fried kachoris of potatoes and they came out really well. 

I have also tried air-fried samosa. They were good but not as well as fried. But it is a good compromise if one has to eat more samosas or kachoris. 


Pakoras are fritters made from vegetables or meat that have been coated in a spicy batter and deep-fried. They're usually served with mint chutney or tamarind chutney. Some popular pakoras include onion pakoras, potato pakoras, and chicken pakoras.

Aloo Tikki: 

Aloo Tikki is a popular street food in India and is often served as a tea-time snack. These fried potato patties are filled with a mixture of peas and spices and are usually served with chutney and yoghurt. 

Dry Namkeen: 

Bikaneri bhujiya, mixtures, chivda are crispy snacks made from flattened rice, peanuts, and spices that also go well with my chai-ka-cup. Usually served with tea and is perfect for those who want a light snack to go with their tea. It is dry namkeen nashta, usually accompanied by tea. 


Dhokla is a steamed snack made from fermented rice and chickpea batter. It's usually served with a spicy green chutney and is perfect for those who want a healthy snack to go with their tea.


Biscuits are a classic tea-time snack in India and are often served with a cup of tea. Some popular biscuits include Parle G, Bourbon, and Marie. My personal favourite is bakery biscuits - atta biscuit and jeera biscuits. With those bakeries, where I used to go with my father bringing along all the ingredients in quantities suggested by the baker (owner of the bakery) at the assigned time of "appointment". After an hour, we used to come back with hot, freshly baked biscuits. No brand can match that taste. 

Tea time in India is not just about tea but also about the delicious snacks that are served alongside it. From samosas and kachoris to biscuits and namkeen, there's something for everyone to enjoy. So the next time you have tea, don't forget to try one of these classic Indian snacks.

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