• 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…)

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  • Paneer Tikka Subway Sandwich

    Paneer Tikka Subway Sandwich

    Paneer Tikka Subway Sandwich | Vegetarian Indian Subs | Kavitha ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

     

    Fresh cubes of paneer delicately spiced with garam masala and sandwiched between fresh veggies in a hot and soft roll!

    I’ve made a Subway-inspired Sandwich before. The success of that recipe inspired me to recreate some of my favorite Subs with an Indian twist. This paneer tikka subway sandwich combines the fine art of sandwich making with classic North Indian flavors. Unlike a typical paneer tikka masala, this recipe for Paneer tikka doesn’t call for too many ingredients. With a tonne of protein packed into a little sandwich, this is also a great healthy option for snack or lunch or dinner time.   (more…)

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  • 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…)

  • 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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