5 delicious Punjabi dishes that you can easily make at home and enjoy with a cup of tea

  5 delicious Punjabi dishes that you can easily make at home and enjoy with a cup of tea

Punjabi dishes, especially the snacks, ranging from the celebrated Punjabi Samosa to the tangy Chole Tikki Chaat, are small plates of snack-heaven that pair beautifully with a cup of tea and well, let’s be honest, are also stand-out superstars on their own. The new breed of quarantine home chefs know what I am talking about, right? They’re super-easy to make, Instagram and enjoy on a tedious work-from-home day. But we’d rather you try your hand at them than just take our word for it, with the help of the below easy Punjabi snack recipes guide.

5 Punjabi snack recipes that are super-easy to whip up at home, and also pair well with a cup of tea:

1. Punjabi Samosa


There’s nothing in the entire snack-universe that can even come close to the joy of taking a big bite of a crispy, deep-fried Punjabi Samosa, and you know it! So make it the right way by following this recipe.


For the filling:

4 boiled potatoes

1 cup green peas, blanched

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp ginger, chopped

1-2 green chillies, chopped

1-2 tsps red chilli powder

2 tsps dried mango powder

1 tsp coriander leaves, chopped

Salt to taste

2 tbsps oil

or the crispy outer covering:

2-3 cups refined flour (maida)

1 small cup ghee

Water as required


Start by kneading a dough for the outer covering by mixing maida with ghee and water and set it aside. Make the filling by sautéing all ingredients except boiled potatoes in a pan for 5-7 minutes. Now, add the potatoes in the pan and ensure that all ingredients mix well. Take the pan off the heat and start rolling the dough to make covers for the Samosa. Ensure that the covers are not too thick and start filling them with mashed potatoes. Enclose them in triangular dough moulds by closing the edges with the help of plain water and deep fry in medium heat till they’ve turned golden brown. Punjabi Samosa’s ready!

2. Aloo Tikki

Aloo Tikkis are not just meant for the evenings. They can be enjoyed at any given point of the day, and they also pair well with a glass of chilled beer. Here’s what you’ll need to whip up this versatile Punjabi snack at home-


2-3 boiled and mashed potatoes

1 green chilli, finely chopped

2 tsps coriander leaves, chopped

1-2 tsps red chilli powder

1 tsp chaat masala

Salt to taste

Ghee to fry


In a bowl, mix the potato mash with chopped chillies, coriander leaves, red chilli powder, chaat masala and salt. Make small cutlets or tikkis from this mash and shallow fry them in ghee in a skillet. Serve hot with a side of green chutney and ketchup.

3. Corn Pakoda

While Corn Pakodas find their place in many cuisines across India, they’re a huge hit in Punjabi households. Why? Try this recipe to find out. 


2 cups sweet corn kernels, boiled

2 tbsps coriander leaves, chopped

1 tsp red chilli powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp dried mango powder

1 cup rice flour

Salt to taste

Oil to deep fry


In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together, except the oil of course and knead it into a thick batter that can be deep fried. Heat oil in a deep frying pan and drop small bite-size morsels in it one by one. Cook until golden brown and serve hot!

4. Punjabi Mathri

Mathri or Matthi is a Punjabi specialty that’s loved all across the globe. Here’s what you’ll need to make it at home –


2 cups refined flour

12 peppercorns, crushed

Salt to taste

Ghee to deep fry


Start by kneading the dough for the Mathri in a large bowl by combining the refined flour with peppercorns, water and ghee. Once the dough is ready, set it aside for an hour. After which, make small balls from it and roll it out on a flat surface. Prick holes in it with the help of a fork and set aside for 5-10 minutes. Deep fry the rolled Mathri dough in ghee, one by one, and serve after it’s cooled down a little.

5. Chole Tikki Chaat

This is a two-part recipe, the first of which we’ve already covered by making Aloo Tikkis (scroll above). For the Chole Chaat part of this recipes, gather these ingredients –


1 bowl boiled white chickpeas

½ tsp red chilli powder

2-3 tsps green chutney

2-3 tsps tamarind chutney

1 onion, finely chopped

1 tomato, finely chopped

1 small bowl of sev

1 tsp coriander leaves, chopped

Salt and chaat masala to taste


In a bowl, pour a cup of slightly mashed white chickpeas and place an Aloo Tikki on it. Sprinkle chopped onions and tomatoes, followed by the green chutney, tamarind chutney and red chilli powder on it. Add the salt, chaat masala, sev, coriander leaves and a hint of lemon juice. Chole Tikki Chaat is ready!


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