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 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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Vegetable Manchurian

Chinese-inspired Vegetable Manchurian recipe with a detailed step by step pictorial

Vegetable Manchurian Recipe | Indo-Chinese Veg Manchurian

25 years ago, my mom kept a recipe journal. In it, she documented culinary experiments unfamiliar to her. Over the years, she got comfortable in the kitchen and developed her own style of cooking. The recipe journal lay forgotten, collecting dust in one of  the store rooms. Miraculously, she has never gotten rid of the journal. She took it with her every time we moved houses.

Fast forward to January 2016. I discovered the journal whilst cleaning my closet and immediately took to reading her recipes. (Side note: Oh, the cleaning session was forgotten). What excited me was that my mom’s energy and enthusiasm about food burned through every page. It felt nice to know that my passion for good food comes from her. Sure, I take the passion to a crazy new level in the family. But basically, what I’m tying to say is, my Ma is a great cook and I’d probably spend a lifetime trying to become as amazing as she is.

Anyway – this recipe journal has an ingenious recipe for Vegetable Manchurian. The minute I saw it, I knew I had to give it a try. Incidentally, veg manchurian has also been one highly requested recipe on this blog. Here, I bring you a step by step pictorial of what I believe is a delicious homemade version of this popular recipe.    (more…)

Aam ka Achaar

Aloo Parathas with this Aam ka Achaar is a favorite among Punjabi food lovers!

Aam ka Achaar Recipe | Punjabi Mango Pickle | Indian Pickles & Condiments | Aam Achaar step by step pictures | Recipe by Foodomania.com Aam ka achaar literally translates to ‘pickle made with raw mango’. This is one spicy Indian pickle that involves zero cooking. When raw mangoes are in season, we make it a point to preserve them by making a few jars of this pickle, which lasts us all year long.

This recipe was passed on to us by a friendly neighborhood Punjabi aunty a few years ago, who just couldn’t stop blushing when I couldn’t stop praising the deadly combination of this Achaar with her hot Aloo Parathas!

The art of making pickles was passed on to Indian mothers by their mothers and grandmothers. From one mother’s kitchen to another and now finally to my recipe database, nothing has changed. Hope you love this achaar as much as I do!

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No-Knead Garlic Rolls

Simple overnight, no-knead garlic rolls with extra chili!

Garlic Rolls Recipe | Overnight, No-Knead Garlic Chilli Rolls | Easy Garlic Swirl Rolls | Garlic Chili Rolls recipe with step by step pictures | Foodomania.com

Some recipes are borrowed, some passed down and some – like the recipe for these no-knead garlic rolls – are invented by my over imaginative brain.

There is a lot of thinking about food going on in my head all the time. I’ve been branded an obsessive foodie by many. And why should I be embarrassed about it? Yes – I may not seem normal to my next door neighbor; who cannot fathom why my eyes pop out when I smell beautiful onions caramelizing or when I see mint leaves growing right outside in the garden like there’s no tomorrow! The truth is – my brain goes into a recipe overdrive every time I see or get my hands on fresh ingredients.

One day, I got myself some fresh, subtly pungent garlic cloves and plucked green chilies from my chili pot… and got to thinking about all the classic possibilities I could make with 2 most commonly used ingredients. I had made numerous variations of the garlic bread before. The one thing all of them involved was – KNEADING. While there isn’t anything wrong with getting some elbow grease, wouldn’t we all like to do away with the kneading a few times? After a few different attempts, I finally made some super soft rolls with a dough that barely involved any kneading!

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