Vazhakkai Vadai (Raw Banana Medallions, Kacha Khela Vada)

In the part of the country where I live, raw banana is hardly used. Folks in this region consume only the ripe ones. And even with the ripe ones, there is only one variety available. All that is fast changing, at least among vegans where the demand for raw bananas is slowly increasing. Raw bananas…

Dahi Kebab

I have experimented with several dishes for the tea-time snack. However, this is one of my favourties. I think this recipe originates from Rajasthan. It is not difficult to make and is always a pleasure to serve. I am surprised that this is not available in cocktail circuits where the kebabs are invariably non-vegetarian. The…

Karamani Sundal (Cowpeas, Lobia Snack)

On going through my sundal recipes, I found that I have not posted several recipes. As I mentioned earlier, these are normally prepared for Navarathiri. But these can also be made as a delightful evening snack to be had with a cup of herbal tea. I therefore intend to continue posting sundal recipes. The recipe…

Ulunthu Kozhukattai (Savoury Dumplings)

I had posted the sweet dumplings that are prepared during the festival of Ganesh, the elephant god. A savoury version is also prepared for this festival. To be honest, I far prefer the savoury one to the sweet. Probably because I do not have a sweet tooth. Even more so because of the unique combination…

Kadalai Parupu Sundal (Chana Dal, Bengal Gram Snack)

Bengal gram is a very versatile legume. It is used extensively in Indian cooking. Be it is it’s original form or as a flour. It is also roasted and ground with other spices into a powder – like in sambar powder. It lends a distinctive taste to any dish that it is added to. My…

Pachai Payaru Sundal (Mung Bean Snack)

Navrathri is almost upon us. This festival of 9 days/nights is celebrated all over the country, albeit with differences in each region. In the North where I stay, it is meant for fasting and eating simple food. Unfortunately, much of this ‘simple, fasting food’ is deep fried and can pose a health hazard. In South…

Urulaikizhangu Bonda (Batata Vada, Potato Dumplings)

Bonda is comfort food for me. But we rarely made this at home when I was a kid. So, it was always a special treat when it was served. At family weddings, however, this was invariably on the menu for the evening snack (served with coconut chutney). One of the main reasons why I enjoyed…

Urulaikizhangu Bajji (Aloo Pakora, Potato Fritters)

It is now monsoon in India. This is the favourite anytime snack during the rainy season. Accompanied with a hot cup of tea. Of course, this snack is traditionally deep-fried. But the non-oil version is equally great. And goes as well with a herbal cup of tea! I am now so used to having this…