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…

Aloo Tuk (Crispy Potatoes)

I came across this recipe when I was searching for deep fried snacks that I could convert to WFPB. This is an interesting Sindhi snack that uses baby potatoes. One can use regular potatoes too. I recently had lunch with a Sindhi friend and she served taro root tuk (arbi, chembu tuk). Delicious. I am…

Morappam

Morappam is a very popular evening snack in Kerala. A close cousin of morappam is kuzhi paniyaram from Tamizhnadu. Both are very similar. In my young days, this was made quite often in my home. However, it does require a special vessel (appa karol) to prepare this. Traditionally, this is a deep fried snack. In…

Maddur Vada (Rice And Whole Wheat Medallions)

This is a Kannada recipe. I understand that this vada derives it’s name from the town of Maddur, the place of its origin. Whatever the case may be, this is a delicious vada. Traditionally, it is deep-fried, but it does not have to be done so. With an air-fryer or oven, it is possible to…

Medu Vada (Split Black Lentil Medallions)

Medu vada is my all time favourite snack. Not only mine, also most South Indians. All we need is an excuse to make this snack. It is so tasty that it has been adopted all over the country. It is a deep-fried snack, but can also be made with no oil at all. The oil-free…

Paruppu Vada (Gram Medallions)

South India has a large variety of vadas, though many other Indian states also have their own versions. Vadas are basically savoury¬† (a few are sweet too) medallion shaped snacks that can be consumed anytime, particularly at tea-time. Some have a hole in the centre, akin to a doughnut. The most popular vada is Medhu…

Vegan Shammi Kebab

Ever been to those cocktail parties where you are a vegetarian and all the snacks being served are non-vegetarian? Or, worse still, you are a vegan and the only vegetarian snack is paneer (cottage cheese)? I have! And left after registering my presence. Because I was so hungry that all I could think of was…

Lauki Muthia

I have never been overly fond of lauki (doodhi, ghia, bottle gourd, sorakkai). It is a fairly bland vegetable and often acquires the taste of the spices that are added. Until Hari made me lauki kofta. I just loved it. We then experimented with a Gujarati muthia – another resounding success. In the traditional recipe,…

Killu Pakoda (Pinched Onion Fritters)

As I have had occasion to mention before, most Indian snacks deep fried. This recipe is no exception. The air fried version presented here is as tasty as the deep fried one, but with no guilt associated, I have grown up on this tea-time snack and was missing it sorely when I gave up oil….