Category Snacks / Starters

Palak Pakoda – Spinach Fritters

February 19, 2017 Bachelor Friendly RecipesKids BaySnacks / Starters  13 comments

Palak Pakoda/Spinach Fritters is a simple & quick pakoda made with fresh spinach leaves. I have used palak variety, U can use any spinach. It is a perfect evening snack, particularly for those fussy kids who refuse to eat spinach/greens. Am always happy to sneak in some spinach. This is a quick fix recipe especially when u have unplanned guests as it can be prepared in a jiffy. They are crispy, tasty & divine with a cup of filter coffee. My favourite combo is, this pakoda along with a piping hot cup of Masala Chai..

19/02/17 – Post updated with new pics and video.. 🙂

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Masal Vadai – Paruppu Vadai – Masala Vadai

January 31, 2017 Diwali SnacksNavaratri SpecialSnacks / Starters  5 comments

Masal Vadai is a popular South Indian tea time snack. It is very commonly available in the local tea shops there. I should say it smell’s divine if u happen to be near a tea shop when they make it. It is perfect on a rainy day with a hot cup of coffee or tea. It’s also called Paruppu Vadai. Usually some people do not prefer to add fennel seeds. U can skip it if u don’t want.. The only planning u need to do is the soaking of chana dal. If that is done the rest of the process can be done in 15-20 mins. Medhu Vadai Recipe HERE.

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How to make Moong Sprouts – Green Gram Sprouts

January 24, 2017 BasicsSnacks / Starters  2 comments

Making Moong Sprouts at home was a long time due post. My mom includes Moong Sprouts in her cooking quite often. When I thought of trying some dishes with it, I could not find it here. I am sure we get it in Chennai – especially in any Pazhamudhir store. The only dis-advantage in using the store bought sprouts is the use of unclean water in making it. Having said that, HOMEMADE is always the best right?!? As a result, I made it at home. It is a very easy & straight forward process. U just have to plan ahead as it will take a couple of days to sprout. Sprouts Salad recipe coming next.. HERE .

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Paneer 65 – How to make Paneer 65

January 17, 2017 Holi RecipesPaneer DishesSnacks / Starters  9 comments

Paneer 65 is a very popular starter in any Indian restaurant menu. It is a spicy pakoda kind of snack that can be had with coffee/tea or as a starter. Paneer is an universal favourite especially for vegetarians. Chotu just loves paneer in any form. I made this Paneer 65 during the holidays and he could not resist to pick one while I was clicking the pics. U can see the result below 🙂 The only planning that u need to do is to marinate the paneer. Once that is done it is only a 15 min process.  Do try my Paneer Pakoda recipe..

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Cheese Rice Balls – Cheese Balls

November 20, 2016 Kids BaySnacks / Starters  3 comments

As winter has started we definitely need some soups or snacks recipes to cope with the weather. This Cheese Rice Balls is a damn easy and tempting recipe made with left over rice, good amount of veggies and cheese. This was a super hit at home. Am sure it will not only impress the kids but the adults too. However carefully I cook, I will be left with some rice. So this is a perfect way to use it up. Agree?!? Recipe with video 🙂

Do check my Rice Pakoda recipe which is also a saviour to use up left-over rice.

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Bajji Recipe – Vazhakkai Bajji – Aloo Bajji

November 9, 2016 Diwali SnacksSnacks / Starters  8 comments

Bajji My Magic Pan

Bajji is a totally addictive snack, especially in a cold/rainy weather. U can use quite a few veggies in making Bajji. I have showed how to make Vazhakkai Bajji and Potato Bajji in this post. The other veggies that u can use are onion, brinjal and Bajji Milagai (chillies specially for making Bajji). My personal favourite is with potato. 🙂 Though u do not need any special ocassion to make these deep fried goodies, we usually make it on Diwali too.

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Bread Vada – Instant Bread Vada

September 22, 2016 Bread RecipesHoli RecipesSnacks / Starters  8 comments

Vadai is everybody’s favorite at home. This Bread Vada is an instant vada that can be made in just minutes. Unlike the normal traditional vada there is no soaking, grinding here!! It is a perfect after school snack or even for any parties. Bread is an ingredient that is always available at home. As usual I had a few slices of bread left over and ended up making these crispy Bread Vada. Why dont u try too?!?

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Paneer Pakoda – Paneer Pakora

June 12, 2016 Holi RecipesPaneer DishesSnacks / Starters  11 comments

Pakodas always have a high demand at home, am sure it is the same in every household. This Paneer Pakoda is an easy and tempting pakoda variety. I totally forgot to use a litre of milk and realised it only when it went overdue the expiry date. It curdled upon boiling which was what I expected!! So I added some curd and made it as paneer/cottage cheese. Make sure to check that the paneer is not sour. If it is please do not use it, if it tastes good continue to use it.

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Oats Pakoda – Oats Pakora

April 29, 2016 Holi RecipesKids BayOats RecipesSnacks / Starters  5 comments

Pakoda is always our family favourite. This Oats Pakoda adds an additional healthy twist to the normal pakodas, due to the hero of the recipe “Oats”. Though deep fried, it is actually ok to have such addictive snacks once in a while. Besides oats having a sticky nature, this Oats Pakoda will be crispy, light and airy. This is a perfect after school snack too.

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Vazhakkai Chips – Raw Banana Chips

April 3, 2016 Snacks / StartersTamil New Year Recipes  8 comments

Vazhakkai Chips is an easy snack to make at home. I had been wanting to make Vazhakkai Chips since a long time. Unfortunately, the raw banana that we get here has a slight fruity flavour, may be because of the transportation time. But this time, it was really good so immediately made a batch of chips and it really vanished in no time. Not much effort is needed in making this, u just need to peel, slice, fry and season the Vazhakki Chips with salt and chilli powder.

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