Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Vettu Cake | Kerala Tea Time Snack


Vettu cake is a delicious tea time snack of Kerala. This deep fried snack is made using maida, sugar and egg and flavored with cardamom. It is very crisp from outside and soft and crumbly inside. 
 
Ingredients:

  1. All purpose flour - 1 cup (plus few more tablespoons as required)
  2. Sugar - 1/2 cup
  3. Cardamom - 6 pods
  4. Egg - 1 
  5. Baking soda - 1/4 teaspoon
  6. Ghee - 2 tablespoon
  7. Salt - 1/8 teaspoon 
  8. Turmeric powder - 1/8 teaspoon (for color)
  9. Oil for deep frying
Method: 
  1. In a chutney grinder of mixer, take sugar and cardamom seeds. Grind till cardamom seeds form fine powder. Take only seeds of cardamom and discard the skin.
  2. Add one egg to this powder and pulse couple of times until egg is well combined with sugar powder.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine all purpose flour, salt and baking soda. Add 2 tablespoon of ghee and mix well to get a crumb consistency.
  4. Add the egg-sugar mixture and knead well to make a dough. If the dough is very sticky, add couple of tablespoons of all purpose flour. 
  5. Set the dough for resting for half an hour.
  6. Divide the dough into two parts, make each part into a long log of 1.5 inch diameter. 
  7. Using a knife, slice the dough into 1 inch thick pieces. Make a deep cut in the shape of a 'x' at the center of each piece.  
  8. Heat oil and deep fry the pieces in low-medium flame until they turn golden brown color. 
Note: Never fry them on high heat as inside of the cake will not be cooked. 

For the month of October, the theme for "Shhhh Cooking Secretly" challenge is "Diwali Sweets and Savories". As part of this challenge a theme is selected at the beginning of the month by one of the participants. All the members are grouped in pairs. The participants will exchange 2 secret ingredients with their partners who are suppose to prepare a dish that matches the theme of that month.  October month challenge was suggested by Poonam Bachhav who blogs at Annapurna. Her Easy Motichoor Ladoo which is a No-Fry recipe is in my to-do list. Do visit her blog for a huge collection of traditional vegetarian dishes. 

My partner for this theme is Swaty Malik who blogs at Food Trails. She gave me cardamom and sugar as my secret ingredient and I gave her ghee and milk. She made these delicious soft melt in the mouth Kesar Pista Burfi. Meanwhile do check out her Crispy Masala Papdi and Custard Trifle recipes which caught my eyes. 

Friday, October 2, 2020

Vegetable Saute for Fajitas


Fajita is a Mexican dish which is grilled meat served in a corn flour tortilla or taco. Grilled meat usually includes beef or chicken. But there are also vegetarian versions where in meat is replaced with Portobello mushrooms. Along with meat/mushrooms they also add onions and bell peppers. The veggies/meat is placed on warm tacos and toppings are added and served. Toppings include sliced avocado, cooked beans, salsa and sour cream.

I made this dish as part of the "Shhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge".  As part of this challenge a theme is selected at the beginning of the month by one of the participants. All the members are grouped in pairs. The participants will exchange 2 secret ingredients with their partners who are suppose to prepare a dish that matches the theme of that month. 

September month's theme was Mexican Cuisine and it was suggested by Narmadha from Nam's Corner.  I am in love with her Fish popcorn and Butter murukku.

My partner for this month is Jayashree Trao and I gave her Sweet Potato and Cumin powder as her secret ingredients and she made a Mexican dish- Roasted Sweet Potatoes. She gave me Capsicum and pepper and this dish is made with this secret ingredients. Jayashree blogs at Evergreen Dishes. This talented cook has a wide range of recipes in her blog not to mention a range of  South Indian and Traditional Cuisine. Chocolate and Vanilla Floral Cookies in her blog is so eye catching and I am going to try it very soon for my kids. Another sweet dish is Badam Puri which is one of my favorite sweets.



Ingredients:

  1. Onion red medium -1
  2. Bell pepper(combination of green, yellow, red) - 1 cup sliced into 1/4 inch thick
  3. Mushroom( preferable portobello) - 1 cup
  4. Garlic - 1 tablespoon - minced
  5. Cumin powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  6. Chili powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  7. Salt and Pepper powder to taste
  8. Oil (Olive oil) - 2 tablespoon
  9. Spring Onion - 2(optional) 
Method:
  1. Make thick slices of bell pepper, onion and mushroom and set aside.
  2. Heat a skillet(preferably cast iron) on high and add 2 tablespoon of cooking oil.
  3. Add the minced garlic and sauté for few seconds. 
  4. Add the sliced vegetable and toss on high heat. Cook for 5-7 minutes until the water from the mushroom evaporates.  
  5. Add cumin powder, chili powder, salt and pepper powder and mix well.
  6. Turn the heat on high for the last minute to get a charred effect. 
Serve this vegetable sauté in a tortilla along with toppings on your choice.