Aloo Kurkure (Potato Snack)

Though I have lived in Haryana for over 15 years now, I do not know much about the local cuisine. I was bemoaning this fact recently and decided to correct this situation. However, my Haryanvi friends warned me that most local cuisine contained milk and/or ghee and that it will be difficult to ‘veganise’ these…

Kunukku (Lentil Fritters)

Many of the Indin tea-time snacks are deep-fried. When I adopted a WFPB lifestyle several years ago, evening snacks became a real problem since I use no oil. It took quite a bit of experimentation to come up with tasty recipes that are not deep-fried. My air fryer was a real boon in this context….

Mysore Bonda (Savory Snack)

I had denied myself the pleasure of many snacks, including the delectable Mysore bonda, for decades since the air fryer had not been invented. Not so anymore! I am going to town enjoying my ‘deep fried’ snacks. Pleasures of youth, revisited.I’ve had Mysore bonda whenever there was a wedding or an occasion for family and…

Soya Granules Cutlets

Hari used to make a curry using soya nuggets. I used to love this dish as it was healthy, spicy and worked well with either rice or rotis. In those days, there was only one brand available – Nutrela from Ruchi Soya Industries. When I turned vegan some years ago, someone introduced a brand called…

Whole Wheat Momos

I love momos and sometimes consume them in my local market. These occasions are rare since these invariably use all-purpose flour (maida). I was therefore pleasantly surprised when Hari told me that he is making momos for tea. I must confess that I had not an iota of involvement, either in the recipe or its…

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…