10 Quick Homemade Travel Snack Ideas for people of all ages

Who doesn’t love snacking? Of course everyone does! If you’re on a move surely, your tummy monsters will roar out loud. While travelling, enjoying the views, listening to your favorite playlist, binge watching or even over a game of Ludo online, you’ll probably feel lot more hungry than in normal situations! In such a case you’ll have two options- first one being, you wait for the vehicle to stop and then purchase some random stuff to munch upon, which might not be hygienic and healthy every time! Second and the superior option is to pack something with you which is nourishing and is handy at the moment, you first heard the screams from your tummy! 

Homemade snacks can be carried along during travelling on a car, plane or even a bus and the best part is that they are not easily perishable and of course we cannot neglect the love and magic behind the whole cooking process! Here are ten such items:

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1. DIET NAMKEEN MIXTURE

Diet Makhana and Murmura Namkeen Snack

 This crispy and crunchy snack will blow your mind. I can’t resist craving more and more once I start having it. 

It is an ideal snack for health conscious individuals, be it gym freaks or weight watchers. It gets ready in just 10 minutes and for a serving of 4 you’ll probably need:

  • 2 cups of puffed rice/ Murmura
  • 1 cup of rice flakes/ Poha
  • 1 cup corn flakes
  • 1 cup lotus seeds/ Makhana
  • Roasted Chana and peanuts
  • Dry fruits- almonds, walnuts and raisins
  • 4-6 Curry leaves
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp Chaat/ Garam Masala
  • 4 tsp Ghee

Here’s a quick recipe: 

  • Dry roast puffed rice in a pan with constant stirring. Transfer to a plate and keep aside.
  • Heat 1 tsp of ghee in a pan. Add peanuts and fry them. Take out in a plate.
  • In the same pan, take another reason of oil and fry makhanas till crisp. Take them out in the plate
  • Now take third spoon of ghee and roast poha in it till crisp.
  • Take the fourth and last spoon of ghee and fry whole dry red chillies. When slight change in colour is there, add curry leaves.
  • As soon as the curry leaves splutter, add turmeric powder, red chili powder, chat/ garam masala and salt. Give a quick stir and switch off the flame.
  • Immediately add puffed rice, rice flakes, peanuts, roasted chana, makhana, corn flakes and sugar. Stir well to mix all the ingredients with spices.
  • Enjoy it immediately or store in airtight container when cooled completely for your trip.

2. no bake granola bars

No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars Snack

Granola bars are so easy to make, yet savouring the sweet tooth inside you! Just like the Diet Namkeen Mixture, Granola is a mixture of lot many sweeter elements which are bound together to form bars. You can use them in different permutations and combinations and experiment with flavours.

Ingredients for the magical Diet Bars are:

  • 2 cup rolled oats
  • 1+ ¼ cups of natural peanut butter (better if having peanut chunks)
  • 1 cup ground flaxseeds/ Alsi ke daane
  • ¾ cup honey
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries/raisins/ any softer dry fruit
  • ½ cup choco chips
  •  ¼ cup sliced almonds and walnuts

Here’s a quick recipe:

  • Stir oats, peanut butter, flaxseed, honey, cranberries, chocolate chips, and almonds together in a bowl; press into a tray (preferably square), using the back of a spatula to press into a flat layer.
  • Refrigerate mixture at least 1 hour.
  • Cut into 12 bars and wrap each individually in plastic wrap/ butter paper for storage.
  • Yes, that’s it! Isn’t it so easy? Just mix, refrigerate, cut and start munching these little bars of joy.

3. LEMON RICE

Lemon Rice Recipe - How To Make South Indian Lemon Rice

Cooked rice tossed with a tangy lemon and spice tempering, lemon rice is one of the most commonly made south Indian rice dish and can be your best friend during travel.

It gets ready in just 15-20 minutes and for a serving of 4 you’ll probably need:

  • Rice boiled 1+ ½ cups (leftover rice can be re-used here)
  • Lemon juice 3 tablespoons
  • Oil 2 tablespoons
  • Mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida a pinch 
  • Fenugreek seeds (methi dana) 1/2 teaspoon
  • Split black gram skinless (dhuli urad dal) 1 tablespoon
  • Curry leaves 10-12
  • Whole dry red chillies broken 2
  • Turmeric powder 1/2 tablespoon
  • Peanuts 1/2 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Coconut fresh scraped 2 tablespoons 

Here’s a quick recipe:

  • Heat oil in kadai/pan. Add mustard seeds, hing, methi, urad dal and saut’e till the dal turns golden.
  • Add curry leaves, broken red chillies, turmeric powder and peanuts and continue to saute’. Add rice, salt and mix it. Add lemon juice and mix it well.
  • Cook on low heat till the rice gets heated through. Garnish with coconut.

Once they cool, you can pack them into small tiffin, nostalgic haan? You may enjoy it alone or with pickle, yogurt, raita, pachadi / chutney or kosambari.

These 3 were my personal favourite, apart from it you may opt for:

4. fresh Fruit bowls

Travelling can be tiring at times, grabbing a tiffin full of fruits packed from home or purchased from a local roadside shop can be a total mood changer. Eating fresh fruits not only refreshes the soul but also provides energy and nutrition for the whole day. 

Especially the citric ones like limes, oranges, kiwi can help to reduce the yucky feeling during motion sickness, which is faced by many!

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5. NUTS & dry fruits

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The importance of well portioned, nutritive, light and hydrating meals during traveling is beyond explanation. Nuts and dry fruits are probably the best snacking options that can help keep up the energy levels, aid in digestion and help you fuel up for the rest of the day.  

6. sandwiches

Sandwiches are surely one of the easiest to prepare and to go dishes, which can be made using multiple combinations- fruit jams, nut butter, veggies, sprouts and the list goes on and on. This small packet of flavors is loved by one and all, the biggest fan being Joey, if you know !!

Even the youngest in the family can prepare one! On your next travel journey try doing this little activity with your kids or younger siblings. Travel journeys can begin, right from the kitchen of your home!

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7. paneer bhurji

Paneer Bhurji

Something which lasts really long and is full of proteins is a must-pack for a long trip, here Paneer/Soya bhurji can be your saviour. It is a very simple dish with scrambled paneer/ soya chunks sauted’ with typic indian sabji masala, consisting of onions, tomatoes and required spices. You can have it with naan, roti or even sandwich it in a loaf of bread. 

Also, since the carbs are low in this dish, so it makes an ideal option for diabetic people in the family. Not just the diabetic persons, but it is equally liked by everyone else.

8. parantha

Parantha is something we cook on a very frequent basis at Indian homes. Any flour be it gram, wheet, bajra, jowar, ragi, oalmeal or sometimes a mixture of all can be mixed or stuffed with veggies and spices, kneaded together, rolled into circular disks and heated with oil or ghee. Here you go, your parantha is ready to be savoured with tea, coffee, pickle, chutney, butter or even curd.

It is a highly nutritious option and loved by most of us and sounds yummy even after getting cold, unlike normal chapaatis. So, this can be your alternative for a long trip. 

Oats, Juwar & Methi Thepla (Oats, Shorghum & Fenugreek leaves paratha)

9. Instant noodles

INSTANT NOODLES

We have so many variants of instant noodles available in market made of a variety of grains. Pick one, which you like the most and prepare it before leaving for trip or you can even keep a cup of instant noodle along with hot thermos of water and prepare it whenever you feel hungry.

Most of the travellers heading to the mountains know the role of instant noodles during their travel journeys. So, this is a must-pack option again.

10. INTERMITTENT FASTING

Your travel journeys can be the best time to try “INTERMITTENT FASTING” as well. So, don’t overwhelm yourself with too much food while travelling, unless it requires your physical movement like cycling, hiking or trekking.

Give your body and your healing system some good rest and enjoy being with yourself and your thoughts.

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My mouth watered while writing this one, LOL! Hope you found it worthy too and will try them for sure. 

Simranpreet Kaur

Penned by: Simranpreet Kaur

Jack of all trades, Master of a Few !!

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