Oct 222014

This tea time snack is easy to make with less ingredients.It is prepared using coconut and rice flour and deep fried in oil.

Thenga vada (3)


  1. Rice flour (fine powder) – 3 cups
  2. Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
  3. sesame seeds/Ellu –1/2 tsp
  4. cumin seeds/jeerakam – 1/2 tsp
  5. Butter –4 tbsp
  6. Turmeric powder – 1 pinch
  7. salt
  8. oil

Thenga vada (4)






Thenga vada (1)



  1. Boil water and add rice flour into it and make a smooth dough like idyappam dough.
  2. Add ingredients 2 to 7 listed above and mix well using hand.
  3. Make medium balls out of the mix and flatten it between the palms to make vada shape.
  4. Heat oil in  a kadai and fry the vadas till golden brown.
  5. Serve as a tea time snack.
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Oct 102014

Lotus stem is quite popular in Asian cuisine. I got this recipe from NDTV good times show called “world kitchen” and this dish is prepared using lotus stem fried and sauteed in  honey and chilli sauce. lotus stem has lot of health benefits and it  is rich in iron, calcium and fiber.it  tastes like plantain and it is available in Asian grocery stores.

crispy Lotus stem (3)



  1. Lotus stem(cut  into thin slices) – 200 gms
  2. Corn flour – 2 tsp
  3. Dry Red chilly –2
  4. garlic(chopped) – 1/2 tsp
  5. Chilly Paste- 1 tsp
  6. Honey –1 tsp
  7. Tomato Ketchup –2 tsp
  8. Soy Sauce-1/4 tsp
  9. Salt –1/4 tsp
  10. water –3 tbsp
  11. Oil
  12. Spring onion-to garnish
  13. sesame seeds – to garnish









crispy Lotus stem (2)

crispy Lotus stem (1)


  1. peel off the skin of lotus stem. cut into thin slices and soak them in a bowl of water for 20 minutes  to remove mud .wash and clean it thoroughly.
  2. In a bowl,add corn flour and lotus stem pieces. mix well to get coated with corn flour.
  3. Deep fry in oil till golden brown in color on medium flame.
  4. Heat oil in another pan.Add red chilly,chopped garlic and saute well.
  5. Add chilly paste,honey,tomato ketch up,soy sauce and salt.
  6. Add water to it and stir well.
  7. Add fried lotus stem to it and mix well.
  8. Remove from fire.
  9. I garnished with spring onions only as sesame seeds was not there in my pantryWinking smile.
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Oct 012014

This Mango halwa is prepared using mango pulp,sugar and corn starch.

Mango Halwa (8)

  1. Mango pulp(I used Alphonso mango pulp)   -   4 cups
  2. Almonds   -   ¼ cup
  3. Cardamom powder  -  ½  tsp
  4. Cashew nuts   -   ½ cup
  5. Corn starch   -    1 cup
  6. Ghee   -  ½ cup
  7. Sugar   -   4 cups
  8. Water    -  1 cup

Mango Halwa (6)

Mango Halwa (4)


  1. Heat 1/4 cup of ghee in a pan.Add mango pulp to it.
  2. Dilute corn starch with water.mix well without forming lumps.
  3. Once the mango mix is hot, add corn starch mix to it.Keep stirring until it thickens.Add sugar to it and keep on stirring till the mix separates from the sides of the  pan.it will take about 45 minutes.Add the remaining ghee every 10 minutes while stirring.
  4. Add almonds,cashew nuts and cardamom powder to it  and mix well.
  5. Transfer the mix into a greased pan.Let it cool for 3 hours.
  6. Cut into desired shapes.

Recipe Source:VahrehVah

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