Moong Dal Vada / Indian Style Savory Lentil Fritters

This favorite street side food in North India is a healthy, spicy, crispy, & filling tea time snack to munch along with your piping hot cup of evening tea.     Ingredients: Moong dal/yellow split lentils – 1 cup Freshly grated coconut – 1/2 cup Onion- 1, finely chopped Green chilies – 2, finely chopped

Nadan Chaya Kada Savala Vada-Thula Vada / Kerala Style Tea Shop Onion Fritters

A simple traditional tea shop snack with all the flavor of the onions built into the simplicity of a ring fritter!    Ingredients: All purpose Flour/Maida -1 cup Onion /savala-1, finely chopped Green chilies- 2, finely chopped Ginger -1 tsp, finely minced Curry leaves-1 sprig, finely chopped Baking soda -1/4 tsp Salt – To taste Water

Thayir Vada / South Indian Style Savory Donuts in Seasoned Yogurt Sauce

A cool and refreshing street food snack that is not only filling but also soothing. Try these deep fried crispy savory donuts dunked in thick and tempered yogurt sauce.     Ingredients: For the Vadas (donuts): Urad dal / black gram – 2 cups Ginger – 1 inch piece Green chilies – 2, finely chopped

Carrot Falafels / Carrot Vadas / Carrot Fritters

Serve these crunchy carrot falafels as an elegant starter or a perfect evening snack.  Ingredients: Carrots – 1/2 cup, grated Chickpeas – 1/2 cup (I used canned chickpeas) Onion- 1, finely chopped Green chilies – 2, finely chopped Chili powder- ½ tsp Turmeric powder- 4 tsp Coriander powder- 1 tsp Cumin powder- ½ tsp Asafoetida- A pinch

Beetroot Masala Vada/ Deep Fried Beetroot Lentil Fritters

Ingredients: Chana dal- 1 cup Beetroot, grated- 3/4 cup (1 medium sized) Onion, chopped-1 small Green chillies, chopped- 3-4 Ginger, finely chopped- 1/2 teaspoons Curry leaves- 1 strand Fennel seeds- 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds- 1/2 teaspoon Asafetida- 1/4 teaspoon Salt- to taste Oil-to deep fry Method: Soak chana dal in water for 2 hours. Meanwhile grate