Beetroot Vada (Medallions)

I have parupu vadai (dal vada) quite often with my cup of spice tea in the evenings. It is one of the first things I experimented with when I bought my air fryer. And was thrilled with the end result of converting a traditionally deep fried dish to one with zero oil – and no…

Verkadalai Sundal (Peanut Snack)

Sundals are South Indian snacks that are usually made during Navrathri (Festival of Nine Nights) that falls in September-October every year. There are several types of sundals, all more or less the same in terms of preparation. You will find a few in my blog. In North India, Navrathri is celebrated twice a year –…

Pazham Pori (Banana Fritters)

Pazham Pori is a very popular snack from Kerala. Much like the Pisang Goreng from the countries of South-East Asia, this is a superbly tasty snack. It is made using ethakka (the giant sized bananas available widely in Kerala. I, however, used the small, sweet bananas (grown in my brother’s garden in Kochi) and it…

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…