Last minute plans are indeed the best. But then last minute plans can also be a headache, especially when someone is coming over. When this happens one is usually in a state of panic and lost as to what to do. You can’t starve your guests because that is against the traditions, but you cannot even afford to make anything extravagant, as there is no time. But who said that one cannot make delicious snacks at the last moment? So here are some last minute snack recipes that you can make:
1 Cheesy Corn Toast:
1 cup fresh corn kernels or American sweet corn
1 onion chopped finely
1 table spoon oil
1 cup grated cheese
½ tsp oregano
4-5 tbsp milk
1 Heat the oil in a non- stick pan and the chopped onions and fry lightly till pink.
2 Add the corn and sauté.
3 Add the grated cheese, along with the milk and keep stirring till the cheese melts and a thick batter is formed
4 Toast bread squares in the oven, topped with prepared cheese corn mixture
5 Serve hot, garnished with the sprig of coriander leaf or mint leaf.
6. Alternatively, you can also serve it on cream cracker biscuit.
7. If you like your food spicy, then you can also add green chillies to the cheese batter.
Serves: 5-6 people.
2. Suji Pakoras:
Suji Pakodas, is one of those easy to make snacks which keeps you coming back for more. It’s melt in the mouth taste, lasts for longer than you expect it to. So here is how you can make this delicious pakoras at home:
1 cup suji
½ cup curd
1 onion, finely chopped
2 green chillies, finely chopped
Salt to Taste
1 Mix Suji and curd and keep it for one hour.
2 Mix all the seasonings with the suji and curd batter and mix thoroughly
3. Make sure that the mixture has adequate thickness to it.
4. Heat oil, for frying.
5. Add a spoonful of mixture at a time, into the hot oil and fry on medium heat till it turns light brown in colour.
6. Serve it hot with a chutney or sauce of your choice.
Serves: 4-6 people.
3. Crispy Corn Pakoras:
Corn is amongst the most loved vegetables and it is always readily available and most of us who like to keep our fridge well stocked will always find corn in there. So when there is a last minute plan, you can make use of that corn which has been lying in your fridge for a while and turn them into mouth watering crispy corn pakodas in just moments.
2 cups fresh corn kernels
1 cup gram flour (besan)
2 small onions
2 green chillies
1 tbsp coriander leaves
1 tsp chat masala
Pinch of soda bi-carbonate
Salt to Taste
1 Boil the corn kernels and roughly pound them in a mixer grinder. Be careful as to not turn it into a fine paste.
2 Chop the Onions, green chillies and the coriander leaves, finely.
3. Add the finely chopped onions, green chillies and coriander leaves to the pounded corn.
4. Add the remaining ingredients.
5. After that add just enough water to make a dough of a thick dropping consistency.
6. If you have time leave this dough to stand for half an hour or else you can immediately proceed to the next step.
7. Heat oil for frying in a wok.
8 Drop the batter, with the table spoon or hand into the heated up oil.
9. Continue to fry it on a medium heat, till each batch of pakodas is fried to a light brown.
10. Remove and drain on a paper napkin, in order to get rid of extra oil.
11. This step in can be done in advance, just before serving heat the oil again, break the pakodas into bite sized pieces and fry to a rich brown colour.
12. Serve Hot, with chutney or sauce of your choice.
This mix serves about three dozen bite size pieces.
4. Hot Garlic Sauce:
Now that you have all of these ready, the next thing that bothers an extremely complicated mind would be what sort of sauce or dip would you eat along with that? Because if it were a simple mind, it would have done with the various types of tomato ketchups, that are available in your kitchen closet. So here is one such recipe that will break your stereo-typical sauce and would taste delicious with your food, which is extremely simple to make.
¾ cup tomato ketchup
6 whole dried red chillies / one tsp chilli flakes
7-8 large garlic cloves
2 tbsp oil
A pinch of salt
1 Pound the chillies, garlic and salt in a mortar and pestle to a course paste.
2. Heat the oil in a pan, till it is very hot.
3. Take it off the flame and add the prepared chilli garlic paste and stir for 20 to 25 seconds.
4. Add the Tomato Ketchup and mix well.
5. Cool and use as required.