Almost all of us have gone through the ordeal of being a guest. We call it an ordeal because irrespective of the fact that you might be watching your weight, are a diabetic, have gluten allergy or have a thing against sweets, you are bound to be goaded with those typical snacks which are offered to almost every guest that comes visiting an Indian family. If the guest refuses to oblige by gorging on the booty on the table, it is dexterously transferred to air-tight containers and reserved to be served to some other visitor, this is particularly true in case of mixtures and bhujias.
Though they are quite tasty, but for those who hate spicy food, they are a torture. If you happen to visit a relative or a friend at a time when it is not possible to prepare a warm snack, Bhujia is sure to accost you!
The good old samosa seems to have been served to the guests ever since it came to India from abroad. Filled with potato, this heavy and greasy snack is served with tea and sometimes also with jalebis.
While most of us love this white spongy dessert, very few of us want to have it at any odd hour. But if you are an Indian guest, under the ‘muh meetha karo parampara’, a couple of these balls will surely be forced down your throat.
Licking the frosting to judge the flavour of pastry is something we all have done, but that was childhood. And please, most fully grown adults would like to say no to calorie laden pastries, unless it is a moist Tiramisu or a Chocolate Brownie post dinner. But being a guest, you have no choice but to bite into the pineapple pastry oozing with cream or the black forest cake overloaded with chocolate shavings!
Who says pakoras taste best during monsoons? There is no season for pakoras in Indian families when it comes to entertaining guests. And these oil dripping snacks are served anytime with tomato ketchup!
7. Namak Pare
Nama Pare are prepared and stored in advance for uninvited guests who drop in at an odd hour. So be careful if you do not like these dry, salty snacks!
If you are visiting a South Indian friend, you have no choice but to gulp down spoonfuls of Rava Kesari. Basically it is a yellow coloured Sooji Halwa, popular in South India.
9. Gulab Jamun
Deep fried and overtly sweet, Gulab Jamuns are affordable and can be stored for almost a week. So, guests are goaded with this mithai quite often.
It is usually served by health conscious families or the ones who have an in-house dhokla expert. The home made ones are usually hard and tasteless, but they are proudly passed on as ‘home-made’.
11. Bread Roll
We all have loved the bread rolls made by our moms. But these oily snacks are definitely a no no for all those who are trying to eat healthy. But who will explain this to the hosts who believe this is the simplest snack to be served to any guest!
Another favourite at South Indian homes, Bajji is delicious but served time and again making it an inalienable part of the list of ‘please save me from this snack’ list!