Friday, July 10, 2020

Parippu Vada

Parippu vada is my favorite indian snack. It is paired best with hot chai! We used to always buy them from a local Malayalee food store. Very recently I started preparing them at home, and realized it was super easy to make this crunchy salty snack! I got this recipe from mariasmenu:

·         2 cups chana dal
·         2 medium red onions- finely chopped
·         2 green chillies – thinly sliced
·         ½ inch ginger – thinly sliced
·         10-12 curry leaves- finely chopped
·         ½ tspn asafoetida
·         ½ tspn fennel seeds
·         Salt to taste

1.       Wash, and soak chana dal for 2-3 hours. Then drain, and pat dry with clean kitchen towel.
2.       Keep aside 2 tbspn of dal, and grind the rest to a coarse mix (I grind them all, and inevitably there are some whole dal in the blender).
3.       To the ground dal, add all the remaining ingredients from the list.
4.       Heat coconut oil in a pan (enough to soak most of a vada). Pickup enough mold to form a small ½ inch radius sphere, and press it between your palms. This will give the shape of a parippu vada. And then tap the edges to close it in, so the raw vada does not fall apart in the oil.
5.       Place them one by one into the hot oil. Cook untill the vada gets a dark rich brown hue, and turn it over, and repeat the same on the other side. Once both sides are fully cooked, carefully take it out of the oil.
6.       Enjoy these hot vada with hot chai.  

Oatmeal Banana Pancakes

This is my go-to recipe for pancakes when I have lots of ripe bananas. Kids enjoy them with maple syrup or chocolate spread (or both), and plenty of fruits (mostly blueberries, strawberries, sliced bananas). This recipe makes about 10-15 good size pancakes.  

  • 5 cups rolled oats
  • 3 cups milk
  • 5-6 ripe medium bananas
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tspn vanilla essence
  • 3 tbspn baking powder
  • 1 tspsn ground cinnamon
  • ½ tspn salt
  • Butter or oil (for cooking)


  1.         Place all the ingredients given above into a blender. I use my Vitamix and blend it till almost smooth. Let the mix sit for 5-10 mins, this is when the blend will get thicker due to the oats. 
  2.        Heat a griddle or pan, and spread some butter, pour enough pancake mix for one. As the pancakes cooks, you will notice small pores, this is when you know it is ready to be turned. Flip to the other side, and remember this side will cook much faster.
  3.         This batter can be saved in the fridge for making fresh pancakes for up to a week or so. You can also freeze cooked pancakes, just thaw and reheat to enjoy it later