11 Homemade South Indian Snacks That Are Delicious To Savour

Homemade snacks always rank higher on our tastebuds because of how delicious they are and they are way more healthier than the packaged ones. South Indian snack recipes require few ingredients and can be made quickly when you have your hunger pangs. In this article we will take you through 11 homemade South Indian snacks that are easy to make and delicious to savour. Let’s get right into it.

1. Bajji


Bajjis are a staple during the monsoons. A cup of tea or coffee with a plate of piping hot bajjis make the rainy days fulfilled. Bajjis are deep fried fritters made with chickpea flour, salt, chilli powder, asafoetida powder, all mixed well together into a thick batter with water. Vegetables like plantains, potatoes, onions, capsicum, cauliflower or even bread are dipped in the thick batter and deep fried. They are best served with coconut chutney and hot cup of tea or coffee.

2. Potato Bonda

They are different types of bondas and potato bonda has got to be everyone’s favourite because of how flavourful they are. The potato filling is made with a tempering of oil, mustard seeds, and onions (optional), curry leaves, and boiled potatoes, salt, lemon juice, coriander leaves are added and mixed well. The mixture is let to cool off and shaped into small balls and they dipped into a similar batter to bajjis and deep fried. They are best served with coconut chutney or mint chutney. They can be had as it is as they are filled with flavour from the potato filling.

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3. Medhu vadai

Medhu vadai resembles a doughnut but it a savoury crispy doughnut made with urad dal as it’s hero ingredient. It has crispy outer and softer inner. Soaked urad dal is ground into a fine batter and aromatics like finely chopped green chillies, ginger, curry leaves, onions, salt are mixed in and shaped into doughnuts and deep fried. They are best paired with any tiffin items like idli, pongal, dosa or can be as it is during your snack time. They can either be served with sambar or coconut chutney or even both.

4. Masala vadai

Masala vadai

Masala vadai is the number one south indian snack item that you can find anywhere in the city. Masala vadai stands upto it’s hype. It is made with the protein rich chana dal. Soaked chana dal is ground to a coarse mixture and mixed with onions, green chilles, ginger, garlic, banana flower (optional), salt and shaped into flat, round patties and deep fried. Masala vadai are usually had onto its own but you can also serve it with any chutney of your choice.

5. Paniyaram

Paniyaram is a traditional chettinadu snack. Paniyaram is made from sour dosa batter that is mixed with grated carrots, finely chopped onions, ginger, curry leaves, coriander leaves, salt and a tempering of mustard seeds and urad dal in onions. You can also fry the onions in the tempering mixture and then add it to the batter. The batter is mixed well and poured into paniyaram moulds and fried till they are deep golden brown. Paniyaram is best served with a spicy tomato chutney.

Some snack recipes that store well for a few weeks without refrigeration:

6. Banana Chips

Banana Chips

There are two types banana chips and we are going to talk about the famous yellow banana chips. These are a famous traditional Kerala snack. They are made with Nendhiram pazham ( a type of plantain which gives a bright yellow color to the chips). Nendhiram bananas are sliced and deep fried and salted. These banana chips can be stored in an air tight container and stored upto a week.

7. Murruku

Murukku is a popular South Indian snack, known for its unique twisted shape and crunchy texture. By using a Murukku press, you can create different patterns, making it even more visually appealing. It is made with rice flour and urad dal flour. Take the rice flour and urad dal flour in a bowl and add salt, red chilli powder, sesame seeds or cumin seeds, asafoetida powder, water and mix well. The mix is kneaded into a tight dough, which is shaped into spiral or coil shapes either by hand or extruded using a mould. The spirals are then deep fried.

8. Thattai

Thattai is a South Indian snack made mainly from rice flour, water, chilly powder, chana dal, garlic (optional), and salt. The dough is knead well and shaped into small plate like shapes and deep fried. It is crispy and savoury and addictive.

9. Mixture


Madras Mixture is a popular South Indian snack. The ingredients for Madras Mixture vary depending on the region, but some of the most common ingredients include puffed rice, peanuts, cashew nuts, sesame seeds, curry leaves, fried gram flour pieces, boondi, ompodi and spices. It is a savory and crunchy snack that is often served as a tea time snack or as a side dish with meals. Madras Mixture is typically made by frying the ingredients in oil until they are crispy. The fried ingredients are then mixed together with spices and seasonings.

10. Ompodi

Ompodi, also known as sev or omapodi, is a popular Indian snack made from chickpea flour (gram flour or besan). It is a crunchy and savory noodle-like treat that is commonly enjoyed as a standalone snack or as a key ingredient in various Indian chaat recipes. Ompodi is particularly popular during festivals and celebrations in India, where it is served as a delicious and addictive treat.

Ompodi can be enjoyed on its own as a crunchy and savory snack. It pairs wonderfully with a cup of tea or coffee, making it a popular tea-time treat. Ompodi is also a common ingredient in chaat recipes like bhel puri, sev puri, and dahi puri, where it adds texture and flavor to the overall dish.

To maintain its crispiness, ompodi should be stored in an airtight container once it has completely cooled down. Properly stored, it can remain fresh and delicious for several days.

11. Ribbon Pakoda

Ribbon Pakoda

Ribbon Pakoda is a savory snack with a unique ribbon-like shape. Made by combining rice flour, besan (gram flour), and flavoured with a mix of spices, these crispy snacks are a delight to munch on. The contrasting textures and flavors of the Ribbon Pakoda make them addictive and irresistible.


Homemade South Indian snacks offer an abundance of flavors, textures, and regional diversity that are a reflection of South India’s culinary heritage. Whether it’s the crispy Masala Vadas or the savory mixture, South Indian snacks never fail to deliver. The recipes mentioned in this article are a perfect starting point for diving into South Indian snacking traditions in the comfort of your own kitchen.

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