• Appetizers & Snacks
  • Vada Pav

    Vada Pav is not just food; it is an emotion – every Mumbaikar ever.

    Vada Pav Recipe | Learn how to make Bombay Vada Pav with this step by step tutorial | Foodomania.com

    Vada Pav. The name alone is enough to bring a smile on every Mumbaikar’s face.  I have fond memories of eating this delicious and filling snack almost every day during college. Vada Pav and Pani Puri were solely responsible for my brush with obesity in my late teens and early 20s. I’m healthier now, it’s all good. But my love for this snack still continues with an intensity like never before. I was delighted to recreate one of my favorite fast foods at home!

    Go make some Vada Pav and enjoy it with a hot cup of Masala Chai.    (more…)

  • Appetizers & Snacks
  • Pani Puri

    You can’t say you’ve had great Pani Puri until you’re standing on the streets, with a paper cup in your hand, the vendor (pani puri waala) serving you pooris one after the other until you can eat no more, and you’re just there with your nose and eyes watering from the heat of each puri you gobble up…

    Pani Puri Recipe | How to make Gol Gappa step by step | Learn how to make pani puri at home | written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

    Ask any Indian, and he or she would tell you that one of the greatest pleasures in life is going for a quick pani puri snack. It is one of the most popular street foods. Every region has its own variation of the dish. Pani Puris are known as “Gol gappas” in Northern India and as “Poochkas” in West Bengal.

    I spent 4 years of college + grad life stuffing myself with these sweet and spicy delights. Literally. I ate this every single day. In fact, I was such a regular customer that I had become friends with many street vendors who recognized me and gave me extra pooris.. just because!

    Now, (this is my opinion and you are welcome to disagree) the Pani Puri you eat from a street vendor is better than a homemade version or from proper restaurants. There is something joyful about eating from these little carts on the streets that you just cannot replicate in a hotel setting. If you’re ever in India, I do urge you to find a street vendor to enjoy these delicacies.

    But for those who do not have the luxury of stepping out of their homes to find a street vendor selling pani puris or for those who would rather have hygienic homemade pani puri, I present to you a detailed recipe for t he same. It isn’t a quick recipe. But if you’re organized and prep ahead of time, you can enjoy these at home.   (more…)

  • Breakfast
  • Sabudana Khichdi

    Sabudana Khichdi, from the western lands of Maharashtra, is a simple one pot meal dish commonly prepared for breakfasts or during religious festivals. Plump pearl tapioca cooked with ground peanuts and very mild spices can give you that subtle feeling of being infinitely satisfied with something so humble! 🙂

    Sabudana Khichdi Recipe | Quick & Easy Indian Sago Upma | Maharashtrian Sabudana Upma Recipe by Foodomania.com

    I’m excited to share a dish I’ve long been enamored with – the Sabudana Khichdi.

    Is it THE most healthy dish you could ever make? Probably not. With clarified butter and potatoes and pearl tapioca, you can a good dose of starch and fat (something that healthy food these days seem to lack). However, it is a wholesome dish which would give you everything you need to keep up your energy all day  long.

    And did I mention how easy it is to put this together?

    Not to mention how simply deliciously chewy this Khichdi is?
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  • Appetizers & Snacks
  • Healthy Sabudana Oats Vada

    Crunchy, low-fat sabudana oats vada – a healthy, fiber-rich delicious snack that takes only 15 minutes to make!

    Healthy Sabudana Oats Vada Recipe | Low Fat Appetizers written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

    A month ago, I made the low-fat version of a classic favorite – Mirchi Bhajiya. Granted, this new recipe makeover took a bit longer than what I anticipated – but I had caught on the recipe-makeover-bug. Suddenly, I was re-looking at some of our deep-fried favorites and thinking of how to make the dish more healthy without compromising on the taste or texture.

    Sabudana Vada is one such delicious snack that we Indians absolutely love. The chewiness of the Sabudana (pearl tapioca) lends this deep fried goodie a wonderful texture. To make this umpteen times healthier than a regular recipe, I decided to use cut the potatoes and add Oats instead. Oats, like potatoes is an excellent binder. And the goodness of oats is something we all know and love! To cut the fat, I went the shallow-fry way. Making smaller patties and cooking like any regular burger patties is all you’ve gotta do for these vadas.

    If you’re someone who doesn’t usually like the idea of recipe makeovers, you’ve got to give this sabudana oats vada a try. You’ll never notice the difference!  Even the best fast food joints in Mumbai may not be able to match up to the deliciousness of these vadas! (more…)