Showing posts with label Snacks&Savories. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Snacks&Savories. Show all posts

Jul 1, 2019

Besan Bread Toast/ Indian Style French Toast

Besan Toast

Besan toast is a very popular snack. Bread Besan Toast  is a nice alternative to French toast for those who do not eat egg. Perfect for busy mornings or for a lazy Sunday breakfast.

Preparation Time:     5 Minutes 
Cooking Time      :    15 Minutes
Recipe Category:       Snacks, Breakfast
Serves                      2 Nos.


Besan/ Chickpea Flour                ½ Cup
Bread Slices                                4 Nos.
Finely Chopped Capsicums           2 Tablespoon
Finely Chopped Tomatoes             2 Tablespoon
Finely Chopped Green Chillies       1/2 Teaspoon
Red Chili Powder                          ¼ Teaspoon
Carom seeds (Ajwain/Omam)        ½ Teaspoon
Asafetida powder                          a Pinch
Salt                                             To Taste
Oil/ Butter                                    As required
Water                                          As Required

  • Sift a cup of Besan (chickpea flour) to remove lumps.
  • In a bowl add Besan and Ajwain, red pepper powder, cumin powder, asafetida and salt and mix well.
  • Pour water little at a time and with a spoon or a whisk mix the Besan and make a smooth batter.
  • In this batter add chopped capsicums, Tomatoes and Green chilies and Mix well.

  • Heat a griddle until hot. Dip the bread in the batter and use your hands to spread the batter evenly on the bread
  • Let the bread cook for 4 to 5 minutes, drizzle little oil around the bread pieces.
  • With the spatula turn the bread pieces around and cook for 2 to 3 minutes then turn them around and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Toast the bread both sides, on a low flame until brown and crisp and toasted.
  • Take  them off from the pan and place them on a plate over paper towel, so that extra oil  absorbed.
  • Serve Besan Toast hot with coriander chutney, ketchup or the pickle of  your choice. 

  • The choice of bread to be used depends upon you. You could choose whole wheat bread , flax seed bread, Multigrain bread etc.
  • You can add finely chopped coriander leaves, grated carrots on it.
Besan Toast

Jan 1, 2019


Shankarpali is famous Maharashtrian sweet made during Diwali festival. It is rich in carbohydrates, making it an instant source of energy. It has simple recipe and results in scrummy munch sweet snacks that can be prepared in advance and stored for approx 3 weeks.


All Purpose Flour (Maida)         3 cups
Powdered sugar                      1- 1¼ cup
Rava (Semolina)                      1 cup
Oil/Ghee/ Vegetable fat            1/2 cup
Cooking oil                              for deep frying
Cardamom powder                    ½ Tsp.
Salt                                          a pinch.


  • Take a big bowl and add all-purpose flour, rava , powdered sugar,cardamom powder and salt .
  • Now add the melted ghee or oil .Mix into a crumbling mixture with hands.
  • Now knead this crumbling mixture into smooth dough adding water little by little as required.    Keep kneading the dough for about 15 minutes with pressure.
  • Keep this dough covered with damp cloth for 10 min.
  • Divide this dough in 3 large balls. Take one ball, round it smooth, flatten and roll out into large thin (not very thin but thin) circle.
  • Cut rolled out dough into strips vertically, and then again horizontally, making about an inch sized strips. Separate those cuts on a plate.
  • Heat oil in a kadai once the oil is hot add the shankarpali to it ensuring gas is on low flame. Once the shankarpali are nice golden brown remove them. Repeat the same procedure with the remaining of the dough.
  • Once its fried allow them to come to room temperature.
  • Store them into an airtight container. This should last for about 3 weeks,that is if you resist them that long!
  • Enjoy crunchy munchy-soft sweet bites with hot coffee/tea.

Jun 1, 2018

509:Thayir Vada/ Curd Vada/ Dahi Vada

A recipe for dahi vada (as kshiravata) is mentioned in Manasollasa, a 12th-century Sanskrit encyclopedia compiled by Someshwara III, who ruled from present-day Karnataka.[4]S( Source
Thayir Vadai are vadais soaked in thayir/curd/yogurt and spiced differently in different regions. The typical Tamil style is made by soaking the vadais in coconut and curd mixture and gently seasoned with mustard, curry leaves and red chillies.  Thayir vadai, everybody’s favorite at home!
Madappalli gives you a simple and tasty Thayir Vadai Recipe. For more recipes, visit our website

Preparation Time             15 Minutes.  
Soaking  Time                  1 Hour
Cooking Time                   20 Minutes
Cuisine                              South  Indian
Recipe Category             Snacks
Serves                                4 nos.


Urdh Dal                          1 Cup
Raw Rice                          1 Tablespoon
Green Chilies                   1 no. (Chopped)
Grated Ginger                  1 Tablespoon
Asafetida powder              ½ Teaspoon
Salt                                  To Taste

For Curd Vada

Grated Coconut                  2 Tablespoon
Green Chillies                     3 no.
Thick Curd/ Plain Yogurt      2 Cups
Roasted cumin seed            1/8 Teaspoon.
Finely Chopped Cilantro       2 Tablespoon
Red Chilli Powder                 small pinch
Salt                                    To Taste
Sugar                                 1/8 Teaspoon
For Tadka
Oil                                      1/2 Teaspoon
Mustard Seed                       ½ Teaspoon


For Making Vadas
  • Soak a cup of full Urad daal along with a spoon of rice for an hour. Then wash and drain it well.

  • Grind the green chillies, ginger, salt, asafetida with the curry leaves. You need to add a little water to grind it. Add the soaked urad dal and grind till it becomes fluffy.
  • Heat Oil on medium heat. Wet you palm and scoop up a small portion of batter in your hand,
  • Gently drop the batter into the hot oil. Allow vadai to get medium golden brown on one side before flipping over to the other side. 
  •  Allow other side to get medium golden brown and remove onto a paper towel to absorb excess oil. 
  •  Repeat process for all the batter to make vadai.

Thayir Vadai Preparation:

  • Once the vadais are made Soak them into a bowl of hot water  for about 10 seconds on each side. Take them out and squeeze out the excess water.
  • Grind coconut and chillies with a tablespoon of yogurt and add roasted cumin powder and mix well. Mix this mixture with the rest of the yogurt and add salt.
  • •Take a seasoning pan, add oil, mustard seeds, and curry leaves. When mustard seeds start spluttering
  • Switch off the stove. Pout this Tadka into curd Mixture. Mix it well.r
  • Divide this mixture in 2 parts. Cover and refrigerate one half. The other half, dilute with 1/2 cup of water.
  • Arrange three or four sets of Vadai in a flat bottom dish. Add diluted yogurt mixture in it. Mix well and Leave it for at least 4 hours
  • This will help it absorb all the water in the yogurt and leave a film of creamy yogurt on top. 
  • Before serving, pour the remaining yogurt mixture on top ensuring it flows on the sides of the vadais too.
  • Garnish with some chopped coriander leaves, , roasted cumin powder and chili powder .

  • You can add Grated carrots, Crunchy Boondi also makes an excellent garnish and makes the dish even more colorful.
  • You can  use Paniyaram pan to make the vadais . Its more healthy than normal vadais.

Feb 1, 2018

504: Medhu Vadai / Ulundu Vadai

The word Medhu Vadai makes many of us drool and crave for it. Also, it is a festival snack in many households. Urad dal/Husked Black gram is soaked in water for a couple of hours, drained and ground to fluffy consistency. Frying the Vadai when the oil is of the right temperature ensures that it absorbs very less oil. It is easy to make and tasty too.  You can make these Vadai even as evening tea time snack .

Soaking time:      45 Mins
Cooking time:     20 minutes
Category    :        Snack
Serves-               3 to 4


Urad dal                -        1 cup
Rice                      -        1 tbsp.
Reva                     -        1 Teaspoon
Green chillies         -        5 Nos.
Ginger                  -         1/2 inch
Curry leaves                    1 Sprig
Refined Oil           -           For Deep Frying
Salt                                To Taste.


  • Soak Urad dal and rice in water for 1/2 hour. 

  • Chop roughly, green chillies , Ginger and curry leaves and keep it aside.
  • Drain the water, add it to a mixer / grinder. Grind the urad dal using 2-3 tbsp. of water alone. Do not add more water.

  • Blend to a smooth, sticky batter. (Takes around 15 minutes in my grinder). Transfer to a bowl.

  • Add roughly chopped curry leaves, Chopped Ginger, Chopped Green chillies, Rava and Salt.

  • Mix it well, until it gives out bubbles. This mixing makes the batter fluffy (When you place about 1/2 tsp of batter in a bowl of water it should float on top and not sink.)
  • Refrigerate for 1/2 hour.
 Making Vadais
  •  Heat a kadai with oil.
  • Keep water in a bowl and wet your hand.
  • Then take little batter with the wet hand and flatten it. Drop a hole at the center.Again, wet your hands and shape the sides evenly.

  • Slowly drop it in oil. Keep the flame medium to low while frying.
  • Once a side become golden brown turn the other side and wait until it turns into light golden brown.
  • Fry Vadai in batches over moderate heat turning frequently till the Vadai is golden and crisp.

  • Drain and place on kitchen towel.
  • Serve with chutney or sambar.

Jun 1, 2017

492:Ethakka appam/ banana fritters

Ethakka appam / Ripe banana fritters is an easy and traditional Kerala style snack made with ripe plantains.
Ethan pazham


Ripe Bananas                         4 Nos.                 Coconut oil (Or) Cooking oil     For Deep Frying

For Batter

Water                                    ½ cup
All Purpose Flour (Maida)         1 cup
Rice flour                                2 Tablespoon
Sugar                                     2 Tablespoon
Bicarbonate of soda                 a pinch
Turmeric powder                     1/8 Teaspoon
Salt                                       To Taste


  • Peel the bananas and slice them into 3 pieces, lengthwise.
  • Add above batter items  into the mixing bowl, blend it thoroughly to form a semi thick batter with a dropping consistency and do make sure there no lumps in the batter.
  • Now dip the slices in batter and evenly coat them.
  • Heat the oil in a kadai.
  • Deep fry them until they become golden brown. Flip them in between.
  • Remove from oil and drain the excess oil with paper towel.
  • Serve hot with Masala Chai.


Jan 1, 2017

484: Ribbon Pakoda- Version 2

Ribbon Pakoda is a very popular South Indian tea time snack made from gram flour and rice flour. Ribbon Pakoda are an inclusion to all festivals and occasions. I already posted a ribbon Pakoda recipe in my blog. I slightly modify and tried this recipe and made it for this Diwali. It came out very well.

Preparation Time  :   5 Minutes
Cooking Time       : 25 Minutes
Recipe Category  :    Snacks
Serves                   : 3-4 People
Recipe Cuisine      : South Indian


Rice flour                        2 cups
Gram Flour                      1 cup 
Red Chili Powder              2 Tsp.
Asafetida powder             1 Tsp.
Salt                                To Taste
Water                             As required
Butter                             2 Tbsp.
Oil                                  for Deep Frying       
Sev Press
Slotted Spoon
Paper Towel


  • In a bowl sieve rice flour and Gram flour together.
  • Add red chili powder, asafetida, salt, and melted butter, mix everything well.
  • Gradually add water to make it a stiff dough. The dough should not be too tight or too loose.
  • Meanwhile heat the oil in a kadai. The stove heat should be in medium flame.
  • Grease the Sev Press with oil. Fill in the dough into the press.
  • Only press in enough to cover the oil.
  • Fry it till becomes golden brown, strain the excess oil in a paper towel, let it cool.
  • Cool the entire ribbon Pakoda and store in an air tight containers.
  • Serve with Tea or coffee.


  • If making in large quantities, mix all dry ingredients in a big bowl and take small portions and mix water to make dough.
  • You can use 1/2 cup of Bengal gram flour and 1/2 cup of Fried gram(Pottukadalai-Chutney dhal) powder.

See my Other Ribbon Pakoda Recipe here

Dec 19, 2016

482: Kodubale/ Ring Murukku/Chekodies

Crispy Kodubale is really a yummy snack and is very famous in South India. This snack is been called in different names in different parts of the places. In Tamilnadu, it’s called as ring Murukku.
One of my Karnataka friend Kohila Mami gave this recipes. I made little change and made it. It came very well. Thank you Mami for Crispy Kodubale recipe.

Kodubale dough
Rice flour                                          2 cups
Roasted Maida                                  ½ cup (skillet dry roast)
Roasted Fine Rava                            1/4 cup
Roasted Gram dhal (Pottukadalai)       ½ cup
Dry coconut powder                          ½ cup
Red chili powder                               1 tablespoon.
Asafetida (Hing powder)                    ¼ teaspoon
Dry fried ajwain                                1/2 teaspoon.
Melted Ghee                                     1 tablespoon.     
Finely chopped curry leaves               1 tablespoon
Salt                                                 To Taste
Oil                                                   For deep frying


  • Dry roast the Maida and keep aside.
  • Powder the fried gram dal and coconut powder to very fine texture.
  • In a large bowl, add all flours, roasted Rava, Hing, dry fried ajwain, chopped curry leaves, red chili powders and salt. Add melted ghee in it and mix well.
  • Add little water and knead to a thick smooth dough.
  • Make coils and turn them round to make small bangle shaped rings with the ends pinched together to hold.

  • Heat the oil in Kadai. Oil should be very low heat.
  • Keep the prepared coils on a plate and deep fry when the oil is heated and sufficient number has been made to fry together.
  • Fry on medium heat and wait till the bubbles stop after frying, indicating it is done, remove from the oil.
  • Drain oil and transfer to the paper towel.
  • When completely cooled, store in air tight containers.

Dec 1, 2016

481: Methi Crackers/ Fenugreek Crackers

Fenugreek is a spice and a herb that is quite popular in the Indian kitchens. The fenugreek leaves are aromatic, cooling and mild aperient. The leaves are popular for their aromatic and unique flavor. Fenugreek leaves are basically a kind of green leafy vegetables unless you dry them for storage (kasuri methi). The seeds and the leaves are well known for their medicinal uses.

Health Benefits

It cures digestive problems, considered as good appetizer, Very good for Diabetes,Heals mouth ulcers, prevents anemia
Fenugreek Leaves


Multi Grain  flour                 1 cup
All-purpose flour                 2 tablespoon
Chopped fenugreek leaves   ½ cup.
Red chili powder                 ½ teaspoon
Black pepper powder          1/8 teaspoon.
Ajwain                               ¼ teaspoon
Jeera powder                      1/4 teaspoon
Hing                                   2 pinches
 Melted Ghee                      1 teaspoon
Curd                                  1 teaspoon
Salt                                    To taste.
Oil                                    for deep frying                                                 


  • Remove the fenugreek leaves from the stem and wash thoroughly. Chop the leaves coarsely. Microwave it for 5 minutes.
  • Sift the flour, add all above ingredients, fenugreek leaves and salt.
  • Make a stiff dough using water. Keep aside for 30 minutes.
  • Then make even size small balls of the dough. Roll out into disc shape of 5” diameter.
  • Prick the diamond shapes using a fork to prevent them from puffing up.
  • Cut into small diamond shapes. 
  • Heat the oil in a pan, fry the crackers in a slow fire till golden brown on both the sides. Drain on the paper towel.
  • Cool and store in an air-tight container.

For Baking Method

  •  Preheat the oven to 180°C. Place the crackers in a well-greased baking tray.
  • Bake them at 180°c for 5 minutes or until they turn golden brown. Let it cool for some time.
  • Store them in a airtight container.

Oct 21, 2016

478:Nippattu/ Rice Cracker

Prep Time :               10 mins
Soaking Time:         30 mins
Cook Time :               10 mins 
 Serves:                        3-4 People
 Recipe Category:    Snacks & Savories
 Recipe Cuisine:       South Indian  

Nippattu is a traditional crunchy snack of Karnataka. Nippattu are rice crisps made from rice flour, all-purpose flour, butter, peanuts, roasted gram and spices which is irresistible in taste. It is a crispy and spicy snack which is prepared for festivals. It is easy to make recipe with simple ingredients. You can prepare this couple of days in advance too. It stays fresh for up to 10 days. So here's Nippattu for all those nutty flavor lovers! 

Rice flour                              1 cup
All Purpose Flour                   ¼ cup
Asafetida powder                  ¼ Teaspoon
Ghee -                                  2 Teaspoon
 Salt                                      To taste
  Oil                                       for Deep frying
Grind Coarsely
Fried gram dal/pottu kadalai      1/4 cup
Peanuts                                   ¼ cup
Grind Paste
 Dry Coconut grated                 1/2 Cup
 Curry Leaves                          few
Byadagi Red Chilies -               5 -10 ( based on your spice level)
 For Soak and Drain
Moong Dal                            1 Tablespoon.
Chenna Dal                          1 Tablespoon

  • Soak the moong dhal and Channa dhal in water for 30 mins. Drain it and keep aside.
  • Grind Peanuts and Roasted Split Gram coarsely.   Keep aside.
  • Grind dry coconut, red chilies and curry leaves to a fine paste.  Keep aside.
  • Mix together all the ingredients (except Oil for frying) along with the ground mixture using Water to make firm dough.
  • Divide the dough to small lemon sized balls.
  • Now, heat the oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan on medium flame.
  • Cut some plastic sheets into square shaped pieces. Spread some Oil over this. Take a small ball of the dough and flatten them to make a circular shape on the plastic sheet.
  • Heat Oil in a pan and deep fry these discs till crisp. Repeat the same procedure with rest of the dough.
  • Drain them on kitchen napkins to remove excess oil.
  • Let it cool to room temperature and store it in air-tight containers.  

  • Always use freshly ground rice flour(flour mill or home made) instead of the one available in grocery stores for good and crispy Nippattu..Rice flour quality is the key factor for the taste and texture. If the rice flour is very finely ground(like what we get in grocery stores) it will result in hard Nippattu ,if it is mill ground with a slight coarse texture they yield good crackers.
  • use spicing as per tolerance.
  • If the Nippattu are becoming soft , they are not properly cooked .

Check out other Rice Cracker Recipes in my blog here:

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