Seedai ~ deep fried + baked

These little deep fried rice flour balls called Seedai are very popular in South India… usually during festivals!

Uppu seedai recipe (deep fried + baked)

We make Seedai once a year.

You’ll shortly know why.

But whenever we do make it, we make large batches that (should ideally) last us for a couple weeks. It ain’t difficult, but the process of rolling about a million tiny balls of dough isn’t exactly what you call “easy”. You sweat a lot. But then, you gotta sweat to get there crispy deep fried delicacies! (more…)

Raw Banana Chips

These Vazhakkai Chips (Raw Banana Chips) are a perfect example of how everything is better deep fried!

raw banana chips recipe (vazhakkai chips)

You’d think that being a food blogger, I must love all kinds of food.

Well, you’re wrong.

As much as I love Banana – the fruit, I loathe Raw Banana. None of the regular methods of sautéing, steaming etc. seem to get rid of the inherent smell in raw banana. But when you slice them thin and deep fry to crispy perfection, that’s a whole other ball game altogether! (more…)

Kai Murukku

Do you have the patience and skill to make these spiral shaped snacks called Kai Murukku? 🙂

South Indian Suthu / Kai Murukku Recipe Twist.. twist.. break… (repeat) Twist.. twist.. break… (repeat) Twist.. twist.. break. Chuck. :-/

That pretty much sums up my attempt at making the astonishingly difficult kai murukku. A spiral hand shaped rice flour snack, this south Indian deep fried delicacy really tested my culinary skills like no other cake or cookie has!

Murukku or Chakli is an Indian snack made with different types of flours. But the most common South Indian type is made with Rice flour and shaped by hand. This is known for it’s twisted spirals (more…)

Lentil Salad

Easy & Healthy South Indian Lentil Salad with toasted Coconuts.

Lentil Salad Recipe

Today I’m going to show you exactly how easy it is to put together a salad.

Ha-Ha! Like you already didn’t know that.

But you see, making salads is not about cutting a few veggies and tossing them together. It’s about finding that perfect blend of flavors and crunchiness whilst maintaining the original taste of the base itself. Take this Lentil Salad for example. On its own, the lentils are fine – no biggie. But toss them together with some toasted coconuts and you have yourself the world’s best Indian flavored Lentil Salad. 😉 (more…)