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5 Healthy Party Snacks

Start your New Year on a positive note with these healthy party snacks. Gorge on them along with your guests and bid goodbye to those guilt feelings while you party!

1.Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Ingredients

  • 1 packet spring roll wrappers
  • 200 gms bean sprouts
  • A few basil leaves
  • 100 gms spring onions chopped with the greens
  • 100 gms cucumbers julienned
  • 100 gms carrots julienned
  • 100 gms coriander leaves chopped
  • 100 gms lettuce leaves shredded

For the Dipping Sauce

  • 1 Thai red chili finely chopped
  • ½ inch piece ginger grated
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tsp of caster sugar
  • ¼ tsp sesame oil

Method

  • Soak spring roll wrappers in some warm water. Remove after 30 to 40 seconds and lay out on a clean napkin.
  • Place a few vegetables in the lower half of the wrapper.
  • Fold the bottom edge up to cover the filling. Then fold the left and right sides over it. Roll the wrapper up to the top edge.
  • Cut in half.
  • Similarly prepare the other wrappers and refrigerate. 

To make the sauce

  • Mix in a small bowl the red chili, ginger and vinegar and microwave for 20 seconds.
  • Remove and mix in the other ingredients.
  • Adjust the seasoning according to your taste.

2.Chicken Momos

Ingredients

For the Wrappers

  • 200 gms flour
  • Hot water for kneading
  • A pinch of salt

For the filling

  • 250 gms boneless chicken
  • 10 flakes of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • ½ tbsp ajinomoto
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp green chilies, finely chopped

For the Sauce

  • 200 gms tomatoes, boiled and pureed
  • 2 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp red chili paste
  • Salt to taste

Method

  • Knead the flour with hot water to make a soft, firm dough. Cover with a cloth and keep aside for 30 minutes.
  • Mix the ingredients for the filling.
  • Divide the dough into 15 portions.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out even portions into a circle of 10 cm diameter, place a tbsp of filling in the center of each circle and bring the edges together, pasting with a little water. Fold and pleat to make a neat joint.
  • Take a vessel, half fill it with water and let it boil. Place a greased colander on top of it.
  • Lightly brush each momo with oil and place it on the colander leaving an inch between each momo. Cover with a steel plate and steam for 20 minutes.
  • Mix all the ingredients of the sauce together and serve with the steaming hot momos.

3.Parsley Mushrooms on Crackers

Ingredients

  • 120 ml extra virgin oil
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 500 gms button mushrooms sliced
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ tsp white pepper powder

Method

  • Heat the oil in a very large frying pan.
  • Add the chopped garlic and sauté for 10 seconds.
  • Increase the heat, add the mushrooms and cook them for 5 minutes until tender.
  • Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon into a bowl.
  • Boil the liquid from the pan until it reduces to about 2 tbsps.
  • Add the seasoning. Pour the remaining liquid over the mushrooms and leave to cool.
  • Serve the mushrooms on crackers with the parsley sprinkled over.
  1. French Onion Dip with Crudités

Ingredients

  • 2 x 200 gms low-fat yoghurt cartons
  • 4 tbsp French onion soup mix
  • 4 large carrots cut into sticks
  • 4 celery stalks cut into even-size sticks
  • 4 cucumbers cut into even-size sticks

Method

  • Whisk the yoghurt and soup mix until well combined.
  • Spoon it into a dish and create a crudité platter with the dip in the center and the vegetables arranged attractively around it.
  1. Tandoori Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 kg boneless chicken
  • 1 onion
  • 5 cm piece ginger
  • 10 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup yoghurt
  • A pinch of red color

Method

  • Make a paste of the onion, ginger and garlic.
  • Cut the chicken into cubes.
  • Marinate the chicken with the paste and other ingredients.
  • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  • Put the chicken in a strainer an hour before cooking to drain out excess fluid.
  • Cook in a preheated oven at 200 degrees C for 30 minutes, turning the chicken after 15 minutes to ensure it is cooked evenly. Baste with a bit of oil or butter.
  • Once done, serve with onion rings and slices of lime.

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