Uppu Cheedai (Crunchy Savory Balls)

India has numerous deep-fried snacks. Being WFPB, many of us are denied the pleasure of such snacks. I have missed my murukku, ribbon pakoda, thattai… – since I sacrificed oil a decade ago. But the experiments to bake such snacks continued. Several attempts during the last decade, but not 100% successful. The mouth-feel was always…

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

I am not a great fan of mushrooms. But when I visited the organic market and saw these exotic portobello mushrooms, I was really tempted to buy them – which is exactly what I did. I must admit that this is the first time that I have bought these mushrooms. So, I had to google…

Kothimbir Vadi (Coriander Fritters)

Tea-time snacks are always quite difficult on a WFPB diet. There are several, but one soon gets bored with them. Every time I make a new discovery, I am delighted and immediately try it out. This Maharashtrian Kothimbir Vadi is one such dish. Made of besan (chickpea flour, kadalai mavu), coriander and spices, it tastes…

Peanut Vada (Medallions)

My biggest challenge, being WFPB, is to develop tea-time snacks. I do have a repertoire of them. Unfortunately, I get quickly bored with them too. Not a very happy situation. I am therefore constantly on the look-out for recipes that can be modified to suit WFPB principles. In my search, I came across this very…

Aval Vadai (Beaten Rice Medallions)

Poha (aval, beaten rice) is an extremely versatile cereal. I use it to make various breakfast dishes including upma in several variants (tamarind, lemon, sesame, plain, coconut…). I also use a handful of poha in several dosa varieties when no urad dal is added. It makes such dosas softer. And sweet dishes like kheer, halwa…

Mullu Murukku (Chakli)

With Diwali around the corner, it is time to make sweet and savoury snacks. There are several varieties of murukku in South India. Mullu Murukku is therefore only one among many. But it is quite easy to make and requires no special skills – unlike the most difficult kai murukku. Mullu means thorn. So, the…

Ribbon Pakoda

After adopting a WFPB diet, one of the things that I missed most was the deep-fried South Indian snacks. I have been experimenting these without oil for over 8 years. With about 90% success. But I was still not satisfied with the final outcome. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I found…

Vegetable Tikka

I recently saw a post on vegetable tikka in a food blog that I follow, though not WFPB. And had an irresistible urge to have it. So, I asked Hari if he could prepare a WFPB version of it. He told me that he did not have the proper skewers to prepare it – but…

Hurigaalu (Roasted Snack)

Hurigaalu is a roasted snack from the state of Karnataka. It is widely available at retail outlets all over the state – but isn’t homemade the best? It is a crunchy and delicious snack, packed with proteins. Though it takes a significant amount of prep time, the effort is well worth it. And, since it…

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…