The time is 3:30 PM. It is perhaps the best time to make yourself a hot cup of chai. I remember my mother nibbling on some Good Day biscuits while she sipped her tea and listened to the radio.

When I found myself in that situation, I realized that Good Day biscuits weren’t the best kind of snack for me. So, I would make some toast and spread butter. But, after some time, I got bored of the same.

Dear reader, I can sense that you too have been in a similar situation. We love biting on something while drinking hot masala chai, but, we are never in the mood to cook something lavish like samosas or pakodas.

So, with that in mind, here are 5 easy-to-make teatime snacks that you can prepare in less than 5 minutes!

Note: most of these recipes involve bread. In my experience, bread is the best companion to tea, and I’m sure most of you will agree with me on that.

Bread Cheese Balls

Bread Cheese Balls

Recipe source: Gayathri’s Cook Spot

Gayathri Kumar’s recipe blog, Gayathri Cook Spot was recommended to me by another mom. The first recipe that I tried from her blog was the Mint-Paneer bajji, which was a wholesome delight to make and to eat. Here’s the recipe for her cheese balls, which is also one of my favourites. It’s easy to make and very tasty.

Ingredients:
Bread Slice – 1 (each slice makes four ball)
Mozzarella Cheese – 1/2 cup
Oil – To deep fry

Method:
– Trim the crusts (but don’t remove them completely)
– Dip the slice in water and remove immediately.
– Now, press the slice gently between your palms in order to remove excess water. If you’re too firm, the bread will break apart.
– Cut it into four quarters and add a spoon of mozzarella cheese to each quarter. Make sure you place it in the centre.
– Now, roll each quarter into a ball. You don’t need to get a perfect ball shape. If it’s tightly rolled, that will do.
– Deep fry the balls until golden brown and serve immediately.

Monaco biscuits

Monaco Chilli Cheese Fillers

If you went to school during the late 90s or early 2000s, you certainly would have noticed a classmate eat a Monaco sandwich. Monaco biscuits are salty crackers and were used as an alternative to bread slices. I remember my niece making a Monaco sandwich by placing a small piece of cheese in between two biscuits and dipping it in ketchup.

A lot of my friends prepare simple chaat items using Monaco for their kids to enjoy in school. Here’s a simple chilli cheese Monaco sandwich recipe.

Ingredients:
Monaco – 8-12 biscuits
Shredded cheddar cheese – 1/2 cup
Mayonnaise – 4 tsp
Finely chopped jalapeno – 1/4 cup

Method:
– First mix the mayonnaise and jalapenos, and then top it with half of the shredded cheese.
– Heat the mixture in a microwave for 15 seconds.
– Line up 4-6 biscuits and apply the gooey mixture on top of each biscuit.
– Top it with the remaining cheddar cheese.
– Close them with the remaining biscuits and serve hot.

CUCUMBER SANDWICH

Cucumber-Mayo Sandwich

Recipe source: Caramia’s Collection

Cucumber is one of the best vegetables you can put in between two slices of bread. If you agree with that statement, then eating this sandwich will be the equivalent of paradise.

Ingredients:
Bread – 2 slices
Peeled, seeded and finely chopped cucumber – 1/4 cup
Mayonnaise
Salt and Pepper – to taste

Method:
– First, cut the crusts off the bread slices (if you prefer crusts, then ignore this step).
– Add cucumber and 4 spoons of mayonnaise and blend it in a blender or mixie. If you love mayo, then you can add more than 4 spoons.
– Mix little salt and pepper with the mixture.
– Apply this mixture in between the slices.
– Cut the sandwich into 4 quarters and serve.

Carrots can also be used in between bread.

Carrot-Cream Cheese Sandwich

Sandwich makers often ignore adding carrots to their sandwiches. It is probably because of their taste. This sandwich will make you change your mind about adding carrots in between bread slices.

Ingredients:
Bread – 2 slices
Shredded carrots – 1/4 cup
Cream cheese (Britannia or imported brands like Philadelphia and Kraft)
Herb seasoning – dill, rosemary and thyme

Note: Herb seasoning is now commonly found in most mid-range and high-end supermarkets. There are a lot of affordable Indian brands that sell seasoning too. If you don’t like the taste of herb seasoning, you can also use powdered garlic and oregano seasoning.

Method:
– Apply cream cheese generously to the slices.
– Sprinkle herb seasoning on both slices.
– Top one slice with shredded carrots.
– Cover with the other slice and enjoy.

Egg Salad Sandwich

Egg Salad Sandwich

Recipe source: Reluctant Entertainer

Like some eggs in between bread? This is the perfect sandwich to have with tea.

Ingredients:
Bread – 2 slices
Boiled egg – 1
Finely chopped celery – 1 tbsp.
Finely chopped onion – 1 tbsp.
Dijon mustard – 2 tsp.
Lime juice – 1 tsp.
Mayonnaise – 1/4 cup

Method:
– First peel and mash the boiled egg
– Add all other ingredients to the mashed egg and mix well. If you prefer more mustard, you can add an extra teaspoon.
– Spread the mixture in between the bread slices and serve.