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Traditional Back From School Snacks For Children


Is your child a fussy eater? Does he refuse to eat homemade snacks when he comes back from school? For parents, dealing with a child who is choosy about food can be difficult. School-going children often love to eat processed and junk foods, which is not only unhealthy but contain zero nutrients.

One good way to deal with this, would be to go back to our traditional roots. India has a lot of traditional and healthy snacks that children would love to eat. Not only are these snacks rich in nutrients, but are high on the taste quotient as well.

Take the churumuri for instance. It is easy to make, inexpensive and can be made using simple, everyday ingredients that we find at home. Children love the spicy and tangy taste while the crunch makes the dish an addictive one. If your child is craving for something sweet, give him he sweet paniyaram, one of the popular dishes in South India. It is crispy, soft and porous, making it a great snack option for children.

The Thattai Murukku is another great snack option. Also known as Nippatu in Karnataka, they can be made in a matter of minutes and are delicious.

This ClipBook looks at fifteen traditional snacks for children that are sure to provide them with the right dose of nutrition without compromising on taste. Read on to know more.


1. Poha Chivda

A traditional Indian snack, poha chivda has been relished by children for decades. Not only is it delicious but it is high in nutrients. Poha is basically flakes of rice (beaten rice) and is easy to make.. They are known across the country by diff...

2. Ragi Roti

Ragi roti is one of the most nutritious snacks to give children after a tiring day at school. Ragi or finger millet is inexpensive and dishes like ragi roti can be made in a few minutes. You can serve this dish with side dishes like onion raita or...

3. Puffed Rice Upma

Puffed rice upma is a famous street food across North Karnataka and parts of Andhra Pradesh. As the name suggests it is upma made from puffed rice. It is easy to make and tastes delicious for kids. Puffed rice is one handy snack and my kids li...

4. Steamed Dhokla Recipe

This is a quick recipe that is delicious and healthy at the same time. Packed with carbohydrates, fats and proteins, it can be made in minutes using just besan with a slight colourful, chilli tempering. Plus, it is easy on the stomach for kids.

5. Surati Jowar Vada

Jowar is a part of millet family which is highly used in regions like Rajasthan and Gujarat. Surati Jowar Vada Recipe is a delicious crunchy snack that is free from gluten. In this dish, the batter is made from a mixture of jowar flour and besan f...

6. Churumuri

A snack made with puffed rice, Churumuri is quite popular in many parts of Karnataka and is an ideal after school snack for children. The best part is, it is made using simple every day ingredients and can be prepared very quickly.

7. Sweet Paniyaram

Crispy, soft and porous, sweet paniyaram, which is often made with leftover idli batter is a popular after school snack in South India. It can be made sweet or savoury and is made in a special pan called paniyaram.

8. Pav Bhaji

Which kid does not love pav bhaji? A dish that consists of mixed vegetables cooked in a special blend of spices and served with soft pav (bun), it is also a perfect way to make your child eat vegetables.

9. Veg Cutlet

Simple to make and delicious in taste, no kid can resist vegetable cutlet. They can be the perfect after school snack for your little one. It can be fried or steamed depending on one’s taste. Vegetable cutlets are made using a combination of veget...

10. Dry Fruits Nuts Milkshake

An ideal drink to give your kids after they come back from school is the dry fruits and nuts milkshake. It gives them instant energy while keeping them full for a long period.

11. Palak Paratha

A nutritious and delicious snack, Palak paratha is an easy to make snack for children. It is made using palak (spinach), wheat flour and other Indian spices. What’s more, it will give children their required dose of nutrients.

12. Thattai Murukku

A popular deep-fried snack from Tamil Nadu, thattai or thattu vadai is made using rice flour, urad dal flour, salt and other ingredients. They are also known as Nippattu in Karnataka.

13. Adai Dosa

Adai Dosa is one popular dish for kids after school. It is slightly different from the regular dosa as the batter is made from rice and various kinds of dal. You can serve this with a side serving of chutney.

14. Bread Channa Recipe

Bread channa is a quick and easy snack dish, which can be made as a comfort food for the school tiffin or for the evening. It is a simple recipe that is tasty as well.

15. Rava Kesari (Kesari Halwa)

Rava Kesari (Kesari Halwa) is a popular South Indian sweet dish which is a different version of Sooji ka Halwa. Rava Kesari is delicious and easy to make, usually made on festive occasions or even as an after school snack for your children.

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