Namkeen is a popular snack in Indian cuisine known for its savory and crispy nature. It refers to a wide variety of savory snacks that are typically enjoyed with tea or as standalone treats.

Namkeen snacks are a significant part of Indian culture and are often served during festivals, social gatherings, or as everyday munchies.

Here are some types of Namkeen:

  1. Sev:

Sev is a crispy, noodle-like snack made from chickpea flour (besan) and seasoned with various spices. It is available in different thicknesses, ranging from fine to thick. Sev is often used as a topping for chaats and is enjoyed on its own as a crunchy snack.

  1. Bhujia:

Bhujia is a popular namkeen snack made from besan (gram flour) and spices. It is typically deep-fried to achieve a crispy texture and has a savory and slightly spicy flavor. Bhujia is commonly enjoyed with tea or as a standalone snack.

  1. Chivda:

Chivda is a mixture of flattened rice (poha), nuts, spices, and other ingredients. It is usually flavored with curry leaves, peanuts, and spices like turmeric and cumin. Chivda can be made with various additions like fried lentils (dal), raisins, and sev, and it offers a delightful combination of textures and flavors.

  1. Mathri:

Mathri is a savory, flaky biscuit-like snack made from a dough of all-purpose flour (maida) and spices. It is deep-fried until golden brown and is commonly enjoyed with tea or served during festivals and special occasions.

  1. Dal Mixture:

Dal mixture is a combination of fried lentils, nuts, spices, and sev. It typically includes ingredients like fried moong dal (split green gram), chana dal (split chickpeas), peanuts, cashews, and raisins. The mixture offers a blend of crunchy and crispy textures along with a savory and spicy taste.

  1. Puffed Rice (Murmura):

Puffed rice is a light and airy snack made by heating rice kernels until they expand and puff up. It can be flavored with spices, peanuts, sev, and other ingredients to create a tasty namkeen option. Puffed rice namkeen is often enjoyed during festivals and street food snacks like bhel puri.