Sure we all like our share of nachos with dips and those Nutella-oozing cookies but there's something about a packet of aloo bhujiya that keeps us going through tough days. The flavour of Indian spices mixed with organic seeds and roasted nuts makes snacking delicious and healthy. No wonder people stock up on all sorts of Khakras and Namkeens before travelling overseas. We've created this absolutely savoury list of Indian snacks brands that we just can't let go of and hopefully, you wouldn't either. Don't worry, we've got some healthy options there too.
13 Snack Brands We Stocked Up On In 2021 For Namkeens
One of the best parts about Indian snacks, apart from them being highly flavourful, is that they are mostly healthy. And when it comes to healthy snacking, Mr Makhana takes the spotlight. We're talking Dry Roasted Makhanas (foxnuts) in five different flavours - Butter Tomato, Himalayan Salt & Pepper, Lime & Chilli, Piri Piri, Cream & Onion and Pudina Makhanas.
Price: INR 360 for a pack of 3
Best Bet: Piri Piri Roasted Makhanas
I Say Organic
Aloo Bhujiya gang, where you at? We've all been guilty of hogging on an entire packet of these while binge-watching our favourite thriller series. I Say Organic is that one brand which is has a healthier version of Aloo Bhujiya and we're elated. The brand is all about selling organic food - Multiseed Crackers, Dried Tomatoes, Namak Para, Sesame Chikki, Shakar Para, Methi Mathri and so much more. Everything that will transport us back to our Grandparent's house.
Price: INR 55 onwards
Best Bet: Aloo Bhujiya Spicy
Did you come across this list while being on that highly administered Keto diet? Hold on, don't curse us just yet. This food brand will help you Keto better with their range of Keto-friendly superfoods - Namak Paare, Matthi, Nut Crackers and more. Leanbeing does a lot of flavoured granolas, mueslis, flours and other wholesome products too.
Price: INR 299 onwards
Best Bet: Keto Namak Paare
For the love of Khakhras and all things crunchy, Sattviko has got us drooling with its wide range of whole-wheat Khakhras loaded with proteins and other nutrients. These come in six variants (yes!) - Methi, Achari, Jeera, Chatpata, Amarnath and Pizza (say what?). No, they don't stop there, they've also got a healthier sibling of Kaju Katli, y'all. It's in the form of a Superbar which is made using cashew, oat, raisin, honey and other organic ingredients.
Price: INR 280 onwards
Preferred Pick: Herb & Cheese Roasted Makhana
Gone are the days when diets were all about avoiding unhealthy food, snacks in particular. Today, we can maintain a proper diet AND get our fix of everyday snacks from brands like Evolve Snacks. Devoted to creating food using natural ingredients, you can shop for healthy Ragi Chips, Oats Chips, Soya Corn Chips, Baked Bhakarwadi, Cheese Foxnuts, Oats Mix Wasabi, Multi-Grain Puffs and more.
Price: INR 300 onwards
Best Bet: Baked Bhakarwadi
What started out as a humble sweet shop that served freshly prepared sweets and namkeen in the famous lanes of Chandni Chowk, Delhi, soon became a full-fledged brand with 85 outlets in India and 26 operating internationally. It's a paradise for those who love namkeens and other savoury mixtures. We're talking Dryfruit Kachori, Masala Peanuts, Moong Dal, Bhujia Sev... you get the gist, right?
Price: Their namkeens start at INR 147
Best Bet: Everything!
A brand that is aimed at creating "ethnic snacks", Bikaji is another one of the OG namkeen brands of India. With stores spread across major Indian cities, they also have a prominent online presence. With over six flavours of Bhujias they also have other bunch of interesting combinations for namkeens like Kaju Badam Laccha, Bombay Mix, Kolkata Chanachur, Jhalmuri and more. You can also shop for flavoured Papads, Namak and Shakkar Para, Ajwain cookies and lots more.
Price: INR 20 onwards
Best Bet: Hawa Hawai Combo Pack (Soya Sticks, Bhelpuri, Aloo Bhujiya and Navratna Mix)
The Green Snack Co.
While it's okay to munch on the not-so-healthy snacks sometimes, we keep coming back to the healthier alternatives because honestly all of us crave for those munching breaks in between without feeling guilty. The Green Snack Co. is one such brand whose sole objective is to deliver snacks that are free of any preservatives and are packed with rich nutrients. Kale crisps, Quinoa Puffs, Roasted Namkeens and Grain Stix. Their Roasted Namkeens come in two variants, Khatta Meetha and Teekha Masala. A special mention to the packaging - these come in cutesy bottles, ones that can be recycled.
Price: INR 160 onwards
Vegan, Gluten-Free, Preservative-Free, no Artificial Flavour - a few years back we couldn't even imagine describing snacks that way. Well, not anymore. Natch is a food brand that believes in keeping it simple and real. In other words, these folks create impressive snacks using only natural ingredients. Sticky Rice Crackers, Crispy Coconut Chips, Dried Mango Slices, are a few of the many options that they have for us.
Price: INR 100 onwards
Best Bet: Dried Thai Mango Slices (Chilli)
There is an entirely different charm attached to Indian namkeens and snacks that have been enjoyed through generations. With unusual yet delightful options like Baked Moong Dal Twisty, Baked Methi Mathi, Banana Chips, Masala Peanut and so many more, FoodCloud has one of the best options when it comes to desi snacks.
Price: INR 80 onwards
Best Bet: Masala Peanut
Guilt snacking? No more. If you're looking for healthy Indian snacks, Nutty Yogi is the place to be. The brand has herbal teas, trail mixes, healthy snack options. You must stock up on their Tapioca Khakhra Crisps, Minty Peppery Zesty Makhana, Ragi Punch Khakhra and Smoked Caramel Khakra amongst other things.
Price: INR 75 onwards
Best Bet: Jalapeno Sorghum Pops
I'm all for roasted snacks simply because of their crunchy, smokey flavours. Healthy Treat is a brand that has excelled in making roasted bites for all those who are particular about what goes inside their systems. Roasted Chana, peanuts, jowar puffs, chana jor - the options are endless and way too yummy.
Price: INR 170 onwards
Best Bet: Roasted Chana - Chili Chatka