The snack industry is one of the fastest growing food sectors and is an important contributor within the global convenience food market. Nowadays snacks and convenience foods are also consumed regularly in India. Properly designed convenience foods can make an important contribution to nutrition in Indian societies where social changes are altering traditional patterns of food preparation. Extrusion cooking as a popular means of preparing snack foods based on cereals and plant protein foodstuff has elicited considerable interest and attention over the past 30 years. Several studies on the extrusion of cereals and pulses, using various proportions, have been conducted because blends of cereals and pulses produce protein enriched products. Based on dough’s functional properties like WAI, WSI, ER and BD, the extruded products can be classified into different group as per particular application. Therefore, this chapter is dealt with the effect of extrusion processing on product parameters, and nutritional and anti-nutritional properties of extruded product.
Part of the book: Extrusion of Metals, Polymers, and Food Products