• Appetizers & Snacks
  • Adai Kunukku (Lentil Fritters)

    Kunukku is a deep-fried snack made with rice and lentils. Enjoy these spicy and crispy delights with tea.

    Adai Maavu Kunukku (Kunuku) Recipe | Indian Lentil Fritters Recipe | step by step pictures |Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

    Kunukku may possibly be an all time favorite “tiffin” tea time snack in my household.

    I have fond memories of my paternal grandma (may she rest in peace) making this exquisite snack abound. I’d always watch her make kunukku after kunukku with patience that our current generation seems to lack. She’d freshly grind the dry chilli, followed by wet parboiled rice and soaked lentils. She had an innate sense of how smooth or coarse the batter should be and she’d always use the right amount of spices and salt to make the batter taste perfect. With utmost precision, she’d drop equal portions of the batter into scalding hot oil, making the perfect sized kunukku pieces.

    The art of making kunukku is easy to master. It requires a little practice, for making equal sized balls with a sticky batter like this one isn’t always easy.  But with easy alternatives such as spoons or ice cream scoops, you can make your own perfect little kunukku pieces.

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  • Andhra Food
  • Mullu Murukku / Manamkombu

    South Indians usually make this Mullu Murukku on special occasions.

    Mullu Murukku Recipe - Iyengar Manangombu / Manamkombu | Chakli recipe | South Indian Murukku - step by step pictures - Foodomania.com

    I never cease to marvel at the number of unexplored traditional recipes that have been passed on from generation to generation in every cuisine. While I do appreciate modern cuisine, I find myself going back to my roots more often these days. How did my ancestors live? Were they fit? How did they get their source of protein? And most importantly – what did they eat?

    To get my questions answered, I often pick my father’s brains. He grew up in a tiny village in South India with a family of around 20 people. Money was scarce and children were many. Cooking for that many people was no easy task. But his grandma did it anyway, graciously. As I’m uncovering stories from his past, I’m discovering many traditional south Indian recipes (Iyengar recipes, to be specific) that he has grown up eating.

    This deep-fried snack is one such classic delicacy. A quick search on Google will reveal a few different variations of the same and even different names for the same snack. The snack derives its name from a ‘thorn’. Mullu is a Tamil word which literally translates to thorn. And because it has a thorny texture, it is called a Mullu Murukku.

    To make these, you will need a Murukku Achchu or a murukku maker. It is a tool used to make the murukku. However, if you don’t make these kinds of dishes often and don’t want to buy one, I’ve also mentioned an easy alternative you can use to try this recipe. If you are a south Indian, you probably already know how delicious this snack is. And if you aren’t familiar with this – think of it like a spicy rice based crispy pakoda with an interesting texture.     (more…)

  • American
  • Baked French Fries

    You can cut the fat and retain all the crispiness with these delicious oven baked french fries!

    Baked French Fries Recipe | Best Crispy Oven "Fries" recipe written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

    So here’s a pop quiz for ya – What is super crunchy, made with 1/20th of the fat that is required in its original recipe and is ultra joy-inducing? You guessed it – my baked french fries!

    You like french fries, right?

    That, my friends, is a rhetorical question. I’m merely stating a fact. Everyone likes french fries! I’ve been perfecting these fries for a really long time. French fries are by far the most highly requested recipe here on Foodomania. While there are a gazillion recipes out there on the internet, I wanted to wait until I had nailed the perfect technique to make this classic. And because this is indeed an all time favorite, I looked for alternative ways to cut the fat and yet retain all the goodness of french fries.

    And I proudly present to you, the best ever baked french fries recipe you’ll ever need!    (more…)

  • Andhra Food
  • Low Fat Mirchi Bhajiya

    Cut the fat from the traditional mirchi bhajiya (milagai bajji) and make a healthier, (still) delicious version of the ever popular Indian delicacy!

    Low Fat Mirchi Bhajiya Recipe | Indian Jalapeño Fritters written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

    My dear Desi friends,

    You are going to adore this recipe. I only stress on the desi friends bit because I’m not sure those of you with a lower threshold for spice will want to make + eat this goodie. Mirchi Bhajiya is an Indian favorite – something that is considered to be a perfect snack with tea on a cold, rainy day. Fiery hot, stuffed with a potato filling and deep fried to crispy perfection is how a traditional Mirchi Bhajiya is supposed to be.

    You may want to check out my original post where I did the whole deep frying bit. That was wayyyyyy back in 2012. I was young. And thin. And had a metabolism of a horse. 😛 But now that I’m being a bit more conscious about the kind of foods I eat, I ensure to keep it as healthy as possible. If there is a healthier alternative, I definitely prefer that over deep frying. Which is why when my friends at Tupperware sent me their new Steam it, I couldn’t wait to try something innovative as opposed to just steaming veggies. Just you wait. You’re going to want to scroll down to see how brilliant this steamer is and how you can use it in so may ways!

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