Pisang Goreng (‘Fried’ Banana Fritters)

This is a popular snack all over South-East Asia, including Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and several other countries. It is a delightful snack that always brings home childhood memories for me. I have missed this wonderful dish sorely since I moved to India almost 50 years ago. When I first bought my air-fryer about…

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…