Tea time is a cherished ritual for many, offering a moment of respite and relaxation in our busy lives. And what better way to enhance this experience than by pairing your favorite tea with delectable snacks?
In this blog, we present Bansiwala's Guide to Snacks and Tea Combinations, where we explore a range of delightful treats that perfectly complement different types of tea.
From crispy mathris to spicy bhakarwadis, let's embark on a culinary journey that will tantalize your taste buds.
Achari Mathri: A Tangy Twist
Let's begin our tea pairing adventure with the classic Achari Mathri. This traditional flaky biscuit combines the goodness of a mathri and the tanginess of achar (pickle) in one irresistible bite. Made with a blend of flour, water, and aromatic spices like carom seeds, cumin seeds, turmeric, and black peppercorn, these crispy delights have a unique flavor profile. The spicy and tangy dried pickle lather adds a zing that perfectly complements a cup of tea. Achari Mathri is a popular choice for tea time, and its presence in Indian festivals and ceremonies is undeniable.
Mini Bhakarwadi: A Spicy Delight
If you're looking for a snack that packs a punch, look no further than Mini Bhakarwadi. Originating from Gujarat and Maharashtra, these pinwheel-shaped treats are a combination of sweet and spicy flavors. The crunchy, bite-sized bhakarwadis from Bansiwala are hard to resist and offer a delightful explosion of taste with every bite. With its unique blend of spices and the perfect balance between sweetness and spiciness, Mini Bhakarwadi is an ideal companion to enjoy alongside your tea.
Dalmoth: A Timeless Favorite
Bringing back nostalgic memories, Dalmoth is a snack that has stood the test of time. Originating from Agra, this spicy and tangy combination of gram flour, fried lentils, besan sev, muskmelon seeds, and cashews has become an indispensable part of tea-time traditions. The perfect blend of flavors and textures in Bansiwala Dalmoth complements the warmth and soothing qualities of a cup of tea, making it a comforting choice for tea lovers.
Shakkar Pare: A Sweet Delicacy
For those with a sweet tooth, Shakkar Pare is the perfect tea-time treat. These diamond-shaped sweet snacks are crispy, flaky, and fried to perfection. Coated with crystallized sugar, Shakkar Pare offers a light texture and a mild sweet taste that pairs beautifully with a cup of tea. Enjoy the delightful crunch and the subtle sweetness of this snack while sipping your favorite tea, creating a harmonious balance of flavors.
Maharashtrian Chakli: A Spicy Spiral
No tea time would be complete without the addition of Maharashtrian Chakli. These spiral-shaped crunchy snacks are a Diwali favorite, but they can be enjoyed year-round. Made with a blend of lentils, spices, and the unique Bhajani Chakli technique (roasting and grinding multiple grains), these chaklis offer a burst of flavor with hints of turmeric and chili. The multi-grain flour used in Bhajani Chaklis enhances its nutritional value, making them a wholesome and satisfying snack to pair with your tea.
Namak Para / Saakhein: A Crunchy Delight
Namak Para, also known as Saakhein or Nimki, is a versatile tea-time snack that comes in the form of ribbon-like strips. These crunchy treats are an ideal accompaniment to your cup of chai or coffee. Their simplicity and addictive flavor make them a popular choice for tea-time snacking. Enjoy the crispy texture and subtle saltiness of Namak Para while savoring the aromatic flavors of your tea.
Dry Fruit Mini Kachori: A Royal Indulgence
ndulge in the regal flavors of Dry Fruit Mini Kachori, a popular farsan from the city of Jamnagar in Gujarat. These deep-fried, round kachoris are stuffed with a mixture of dry ingredients like gathiya or farsan, along with nuts and spices. The slightly sweet and slightly spicy flavor of the kachoris, coupled with the addition of raisins (kismis) and cashews (kaju), adds a touch of royalness to this snack. The best part is that you can store these kachoris for an extended period, making them an excellent choice for tea time or whenever cravings strike.
In the world of tea and snacks, finding the perfect pairing is an art. Bansiwala's Guide to Snacks and Tea Combinations has introduced you to a range of delightful treats, each with its unique flavors and textures that harmonize with different types of tea. From the tangy Achari Mathri to the spicy Mini Bhakarwadi, the royal Dry Fruit Mini Kachori to the sweet Shakkar Pare, and the spicy Maharashtrian Chakli to the crunchy Namak Para and Dalmoth, there's something for every palate. So, the next time you settle down for a cup of tea, elevate your experience with these delectable snacks that perfectly complement your favorite brew.