10 Healthy and Yummy Oil-free Snacks Recipes

healthy and yummy oil free snacks

Eating healthy has become a challenge with so many processed food options out there. Everywhere you go or every fast food store you turn to, their items are loaded with salt, sugar, and nasty cholesterol-heavy options. Fortunately for you, that doesn’t always have to be the case.

Using a combination of simple and easy-to-procure ingredients, we’ve made a list of tasty snack recipes with minimal to zero oil. You won’t pack out the pounds plus you’ll enjoy them guilt-free!

Tasty Snack Recipes Without Oil

Here are some of the best evening snacks without oil, designed to be made at home by yours truly.

Mung Dal Chaat

Want a tasty snack that’s low in calories, oil-free, and 100% nutritious? Try this and you’ll definitely be surprised!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup yellow moong dal (split)
  • 1/2 cup carrots (grated)
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate
  • 1/2 cup white and green spring onions (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup raw mangoes (chopped)
  • Two tablespoons of fresh mint leaves (chopped)
  • Two tablespoons of coriander leaves (chopped)
  • Two teaspoons of green chillies (chopped)
  • One teaspoon of chaat masala
  • Four teaspoons of lime juice

How To Prepare

  1. Soak the dal in a bowl of water for 30 minutes and drain it. Make sure to wash it well before doing this.
  2. Add 3 cups of water, salt, and the dal in a non-stick tawa and cook on medium flame. Stir occasionally and make sure the grains aren’t too close together.
  3. Cool the dal for 10 minutes after draining the water using a strainer.
  4. Blend the rest of the ingredients with the dal and serve fresh.

Time Required

Soaking time takes 30 minutes while the prep and cooking time is another 20 minutes. It’ll take you 50 minutes in total.

mung dal chaat

Pav Bhaji Khakhra

Pav bhaji and khakhra? Now we’re talking!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • A tablespoon of pav bhaji masala
  • Half a teaspoon of chilli powder
  • Salt

How To Prepare

  1. Blend the ingredients in a big bowl, add water, and start kneading into a soft dough.
  2. Add more water if needed. When done, divide the dough equally into 12 portions.
  3. Using a roti-roller or a similar kitchen tool, flatten out the portions into 6″ diameter circles. Add a bit of whole wheat flour during the rolling.
  4. Get a non-stick tawa and start up a low flame. Heat the khakhras on it until you see pink spots showing up.
  5. Get a folded muslin cloth and press the khakhra as it cooks. Keep cooking and flip sides until you see golden brown spots show up.
  6. Remove from tawa, cool a bit and serve fresh with chutney or sides.

Time Required     

The dough will make about 12 khakhras and the total time for cooking and prepping will be 55 minutes, combined.

Masala Papad

Masala papad is of the best classic Indian snack-based recipes without oil and definitely a family favourite. Here’s how you make it.

Ingredients

  • Six 6″ papads
  • Six tablespoons of green chutney

For the topping

  • 1/2 cup onions (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup dried mango powder
  • Two tablespoons of fresh coriander leaves (finely chopped)
  • Salt

How To Prepare

  1. Start up a medium flame and put a non-stick tawa on it.
  2. Cook the papads on it until they’re roasted and crispy.
  3. Remove from the tawa and spread green chutney on top of the base.
  4. Mix the remaining ingredients and layer it on top of the chutney on each of them.
  5. Serve fresh.

Time Required

It’ll just take you 15 minutes to make these masala papads.

masala papad

Special Uttapams

Uttapams deliver to you your dose of fibre, calcium, and various nutrients.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ready made dosa batter
  • 1/2 cup cabbage (finely shredded)
  • 1/4 cup cauliflower (grated)
  • 1/4 cup onions (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup capsicum (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup beetroot (boiled and chopped)
  • A pinch of brown sugar
  • Half a teaspoon of fresh chilli powder
  • Salt

How To Prepare

  1. Blend the ingredients in a large bowl properly.
  2. Get a non-stick frying pan, pour one and a half cups of the dosa batter and lay it out in a way so that it makes a 3″ diameter circle.
  3. Repeat this step for the other five uttapam portions and cook on medium flame until you see the colour go golden brown on each side.
  4. Cook the rest of the uttapams in the same way to make two additional batches.
  5. Serve hot with chutney on the side.

Time Required         

The ingredients listed will make about 18 small-sized uttapams and the total time required to prep and cook is 30 minutes.

Classic Bread Rolls

If your kids love bread, give these bread rolls a shot. They complement well with soups and are perfect for making delicious subs too!

Ingredients

  • 610 grams of fresh bread flour
  • 410 grams of spring water
  • Half a teaspoon of active dry yeast
  • 10 grams of Himalayan pink salt

How To Prepare

  1. Blend 100 grams of flour, water, and the yeast too. Ferment it into a frothy texture.
  2. Stir in the rest of the flour, water, and salt. Use your hands to knead well for about 1 to 2 minutes and take a break for 15 minutes. Let the gluten build by repeating this step a few times.
  3. Get a bowl, grease it, and shape the kneaded blend into balls. Cover it with a lid and keep it inside the refrigerator overnight.
  4. Next day, preheat the oven and remove the dough from the refrigerator. Knead for a minute and divide it into ten equal-sized portions, shaping each carefully into rectangle-shapes.
  5. Use a linen cloth to lay out the rolls and dust using flour.
  6. Wrap up in a damp cloth and bake it in the oven for 15 minutes. You should preheat the oven to 250 degrees before you do this to make sure it comes out well.

Time Required   

The good news is that it’s easy to make. The bad news is that it’ll take you 13 hours to prep, bake, and make. But hey, at least you get to make delicious subs and sandwiches with these once you’re done!

bread rolls

Green Peas Idli 

Did you know that green peas are a complete source of protein and essential amino acids? And with this green peas idli recipe, your evening meals are set.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups roasted semolina (rava)
  • 3/4 cup green peas (grounded coarsely)
  • A tablespoon of fresh methi leaves (chopped)
  • Two teaspoons of curd
  • Two teaspoons of instant rolled oats
  • Two teaspoons of bitter gourd peels (turned into a paste)
  • Three teaspoons of ginger-green chilli paste
  • Salt

For the chutney

  • Two cups of hung curd
  • Salt
  • A pinch of black pepper powder (freshly ground)
  • Two teaspoons of fresh mint leaves (chopped)

How To Prepare

  1. Blend the ingredients thoroughly in a large or medium bowl.
  2. Pour a whole spoon of batter into the idli moulds and steam in an idli steamer for roughly 8 minutes until done.
  3. Serve hot with the chutney as the side.

Time Required     

It’ll take approximately half an hour to prep and cook the idlis.

Crispy Potatoes

You may have heard of crispy potatoes by the name ‘potato crisps.’ Well, these are some popular potato snacks without oil.

Ingredients

  • A sliced potato (thin strips)
  • Half a teaspoon of black pepper(crushed)
  • Himalayan pink salt

How To Prepare

  1. Blend in the spices with the sliced potatoes and just bake them in a microwave.
  2. Turn them over every 30 seconds until you notice them getting crispy.
  3. Remove, cool, and serve hot.

Time Required       

It’ll take you 10 minutes to prep, 20 minutes to cook, and a total of 30 minutes to make this recipe.

crispy potato

Veggie and Cottage Cheese Skewers

Like skewers? Try this recipe with the goodness of veggies and paneer. It’s one of the best paneer snacks without oil.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup onions (cubes)
  • 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese (cubes)
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes (cubed)
  • 1/2 cup blanched baby corn (half-inch pieces)
  • 1/2 cup capsicum (cubed)

For the marinade

  • 3 and 1/4 cups of hung low-fat yoghurt
  • One teaspoon of chilli powder
  • Half a teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • Half a teaspoon of ginger paste
  • One teaspoon of garlic paste
  • Half a teaspoon of Bengal gram flour
  • Half a teaspoon of fenugreek leaves (dried)
  • 3 and 1/4 teaspoon of garam masala
  • 3 and 1/4 teaspoon of chaat masala
  • Himalayan pink salt (optional, for taste)

How To Prepare

  1. Make the marinade and set it aside in a large bowl.
  2. Get the rest of the ingredients and gently mix them into that.
  3. Take a skewer (or long toothpick) and thread together the onions, paneer, tomato, capsicum, and baby corn pieces. Repeat this step with about 20 to 30 more skewers to make your portions for the crowd.
  4. Set a nonstick frying pan on low flame and cook the skewers slowly, turning them occasionally until they go golden brown on all sides.
  5. Serve hot.

Time Required       

It’ll take you about an hour to make, 30 mins for the prep and 30 mins for the cooking time. It makes for roughly 25 skewers but you could decrease the portion sizes to fit in more.

Dimsums or Momos

Dimsum is one of our favourites, and they’re super easy to make!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Half a teaspoon of pepper
  • One broccoli head (shredded well)
  • A cup of bean sprouts (chopped)

How To Prepare

  1. Use flour and water to create the dough.
  2. Roll this into small wheat pancakes.
  3. Stuff in the filling by blending the broccoli, bean sprouts, salt, pepper, and fold the edges carefully to create small pouches.
  4. Place these dimsums into a steamer and wait until they’re done.

Time Required

It takes 20 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to cook, thus totalling a time of approximately 35 minutes.

dimsums

Bread Wada Pav

If you’re strapped for time and want a tasty snack nonetheless, try out this recipe.

Ingredients

  • Eight slices of brown bread (cut into rounded shapes)
  • 2 cups whisked yoghurt
  • Two tablespoons of crushed mixed nuts
  • Four tablespoons of imli chutney
  • Salt
  • A teaspoon of jeera powder
  • Half a teaspoon of chilli powder
  • Two tablespoons of chopped coriander leaves
  • Two teaspoons of green chillies (chopped)

How To Prepare

  1. Soak and squeeze a slice of bread.
  2. Take the other slice and repeat, except this time you add nuts and the coriander leaves to it.
  3. Seal up with the first slice on top and press to close the edges.
  4. Repeat the above steps to make the remaining wada pavs.
  5. Mix in salt to the yoghurt and add that to the bread as a topping or spread.
  6. Add imli chutney, jeera powder and the rest of the ingredients on top with coriander leaves for the garnish.
  7. Serve fresh.

Time Required

It’ll take you just 10 minutes to make this recipe.

And there you go. Tasty, healthy, and easy to make evening snacks with minimal to no oil. In fact, the only oil used is like a teaspoon for the sauteing and that really doesn’t count. We hope you enjoy and happy snacking!

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