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. 

  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
  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. 


  1. A very different and interesting sweet . Hearing for the first time. Any substitute for egg that you can suggest for non egg eaters ?

  2. I have heard of a similar deep fried snack using rose shape mold from Kerala. This vettu cake sounds delicious and interesting to me, especially the shape you have given to the dough. However, i would also want to know the egg substitute for this recipe if any.

  3. Vettu cake sounds a interesting recipe.never had this before.looks so flaky and crispy... any substitute for egg??

  4. Have had this once before. Looks Yummy !! . But the Bday cake recipe request is still pending.

  5. Anu when you first shared the photo on FB, I knew this was a traditional South Indian recipe as I've seen something similar on another blogger's post. However, I just couldn't remember the name - Vettu Cake. Looks so delicious and definitely something different to enjoy this Diwali.

  6. This is such an interesting dish, completely new to me! The Vettu Cake looks so crunchy and delicious. Would make for the perfect tea-time snack for sure! I was wondering if this can be made without the egg.

  7. Vettu cake is absolutely interesting and new recipe for me. These traditional recipes are a keeper for sure. Any egg substitute will be appreciated.Fabulous recipe to enjoy this Diwali.

  8. In Maharashtra there is something similar made, Mithi shankarpalli, but egg is not added in it. I never knew about vettu cake before, this looks a perfect tea time snack

  9. Vettu cake sounds very interesting and looks crispy and tasty. Once I had it in my friends house without egg. It was very tasty, very well explained to get perfect vettu cake.

  10. Vettu Cake looks do crispy and flaky. I heard this recipe before but never tried my hand on it. After reading your post, now I can try this cake. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Vettu cake looks soft and melt in the mouth. This is quite new to me but does resemble shankarpali that we make. Good snack with tea.

  12. Vettu cake looks so addictive and perfectly shaped. So soft and melt in the mouth. Bookmarking to try sometime.

  13. The amount of vettucake ve would have eaten when small cannot be counted. So glad to see your recipe, now I can make some for my children.