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…

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….