With the latest technology used in microwaves, they have not only made cooking an easy task but have also made our lives a whole lot easier. The various useful settings allow you to bake, grill and cook your favourite dish in a matter of minutes. It is also a great alternative to making a healthier version of any dish using a lesser amount of oil and baking or grilling instead of frying. Most of us crave a quick bite in between meals that help curb those crazy hunger pangs and at such times, indulging in an unhealthy snack can surely be tempting. To avoid those unnecessary calories, we've got you easy microwave snack recipes that you can make yourself in under 30 minutes.  

Low Calorie Dhokla

Nutritious and healthy, this microwave dhokla recipe has a lower amount of calories too.

Ingredients

1 cup besan, 1 tsp suji, 1 tsp ginger and green chilli paste, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 lemon juice, 1 tsp turmeric powder, 2 tbsp curd, 1 cup water, 1 tsp fruit salt

For the seasoning:

2 tsp oil, 1 tsp mustard seeds, 15-20 curry leaves, 2 green chillies, 1 tsp sesame seeds, 1 cup water

Garnish with:

Grated coconut and coriander leaves.

Method

Add the besan to a large bowl. Add sooji and ginger along with the green chilli paste. Mix thoroughly. Add salt and lemon juice and mix again. Add turmeric powder and curd to the mix and whisk thoroughly. Pour some water in the bowl and whisk thoroughly to make a thick batter. Put fruit salt in the batter and mix some more. Transfer the batter to a microwave-friendly utensil and microwave it on high power for 6-8 minutes.

For the seasoning

In a hot oil pan, put mustard seeds. Saute a little and add curry leaves and green chillies. Saute well. Add sesame seeds and some water. Mix well. Pour the tadka over the cooked dhokla. Garnish with grated coconut and coriander leaves. Finally, cut into squares and serve fresh. (Recipe via NDTV Food)

Mini Rava Uttappa

A popular South Indian breakfast dish, it can also be eaten as an evening snack.

Ingredients

4 tbsp sour yoghurt, 3/4 cup semolina, 1 tbsp rice flour, 2 tsp finely chopped green chillies, 1 tbsp chopped coriander, 1 tsp oil, salt to taste, 2 tsp oil for greasing, 1/2 tsp fruit salt

Method

Combine the yoghurt and ¾ cup of water in a bowl and mix well. Add the semolina, rice flour, green chillies, coriander, oil and salt and mix well. Keep aside. Grease a microwave-safe plate, using oil. Just before serving, add the fruit salt to the prepared batter and mix gently. Pour 1 tbsp of the batter on the greased plate and spread in a circular motion to make a 2” mini uttappam. Make 2 more such uttappams using 2 tbsp of the batter and microwave on high for 1 minute 20 seconds. Turn it upside down and microwave on high for 20 seconds. Repeat with the remaining batter to make 12 more mini uttappams in 4 more batches. Serve immediately with green chutney. (Recipe via Tarla Dalal)

Eggplant Chips

A healthier alternative to potato chips, you can munch on these delicious guilt-free eggplant chips as a snack.

Ingredients

3 brinjals or eggplant chopped finely, 1/2 tsp red chilly powder, 1/4 tsp pepper powder, salt to taste, oil to grease the chopped eggplant.

Method

Grease the microwave plate with oil. Toss the finely chopped eggplant in a bowl with oil, red chilly powder, pepper powder and salt. Arrange the slices on the greased plate in a single layer and cook for 7 minutes on the highest setting. Serve with your favourite dip or with ketchup. (Recipe via Indian Mirror) Like this article? Also read: Stylish Activewear That Will Help You Stick To Your New Year's Resolution Image Courtesy: Shutterstock.com    

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