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December 15, 2014

Dahi vada - Kids friendly version

Ingredients :

  1. Urad dal - 1 cup
  2. Ginger - 1/ 2 inch
  3. Green chilly - 1 no
  4. Salt to taste
  5. Oil 
  6. Thick fresh curd - 2 cups
  7. Luke warm water - 2 cup
  8. Sugar to taste
  9. Carrots grated
  10. Cumin powder
  11. Coriander leaves, chopped
  12. Chaat masala

Method :

1.   Soak the urad dal for 3 hours and grind them along with the ginger, green chilly and salt to taste.

2.   Heat oil in the deep frying pan, take a dollop of batter and fry them till golden brown.  

3.   Soak the fried vada in the luke warm water for 10  mins and gently press the vada to remove the excess water.  Arrange them in the serving pan.

4.   Meanwhile, beat the curd with sugar, cumin powder and little salt.  Pour them over the vadas.  Chill them.

5.   Garnish them with the grated carrots and coriander leaves.  Sprinkle some chaat masala, optional.

Serve & enjoy.

December 3, 2014


Tempura is one of the popular Japanese dishes.  Tempura is very good for parties, because of the tasty colourful looking, it is easy to pick and you can choose any sauce on individual taste.  It's very easy to make crispy batter just from ingredients in your pantry. 

Ingredients :

  1. Prawns or vegetables
  2. All purpose flour - 1 cup plus 1/4 cup
  3. Corn flour - 2 tbsp
  4. Salt to taste
  5. Cold water - 1 cup
  6. Egg - 1 
  7. Oil for frying

Method :

Prawn preparation :

1.   Take off the head and shell, but keep the tail.  Remove the sand vein.

2.   Scrape the tail to stop the oil spitting when you fry it.

3.   Half cut the abdomen side every 1 cm. Then push back side to abdomen side by fingers.

Tempura batter :

4.   Mix together the 1 cup of flour, cornflour and salt to taste.

5.   Mix together the egg and cold water.  

6.   Slowly mix the egg mixture into the flour mixture.

7.   Take the prawn and toss it in the flour and then in the tempura mixture.  Fry them till golden brown on either sides.

Serve them with your favourite sauces.
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