Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Vettu / Iratta/ Teashop/ Chayakada Cake

Recipe No: 157
This is a mildly sweet fried Cake that is available in most of the roadside Teashops in Kerala. When I visit my house in Pathanamthitta, I still buy it at times to refresh that nostalgic taste. It is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside with a predominant Egg taste and a slight hint of Cardamom.
Ingredients                                        Make 6 big ones
  • All Purpose Flour/ Maida………1 ½ Cup
  • Baking Soda………………………...1/4 Teaspoon
  • Cardamom Powder…………….…1/8 Teaspoon
  • Sugar………………………..…………1/4 Cup
  • Salt………………………….………….1/8 Teaspoon
  • Egg…………………………….……….2 Large
  • Oil for deep frying
Method of Preparation
  1. Sift together Flour, Baking Soda, Salt, Sugar and Cardamom Powder well.
  2. Beat the eggs really well and use the beaten Egg to make a dough out of the Flour mixture. Ideally the Eggs will be enough to make soft and smooth dough. But if in case the dough is not soft, sprinkle some Water. Let it sit for 10 minutes, covered.
  3. Heat at least two inches of Oil on medium heat.
  4. Divide the dough into 6 equal parts.
  5. Make a rough square with each portion of dough.
  6. Before dropping the dough in the Oil, make a slit along the middle.
  7. Let it fry on a medium heat till it attains a uniform golden brown color. Do turn  it over in between.
  8. Strain the excess Oil on a paper towel and serve hot with a cup of Tea.
  • Don’t use more Baking Soda than what is mentioned in the recipe.
  • The dough will increase its size at least by three times in the Oil. Keep this in mind while you drop the dough pieces in the Oil. Don’t overcrowd and leave space for expansion.
  • It will take around 8-10 minutes for a batch to fry. So make the dough pieces small if you want to fry it faster. Don't try to rush the frying process by increasing the heat as it will result in a dark exterior and a raw interior.

Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and 
serve it to your family with love…


Sathees Makkoth said...

nice. thanks

Sumi said...

i have tasted this in chennai shops also..they call them cardomom though.nice recipe.. ;)

Asha said...

Thanks Sathees and Sumi thanks for the information... I didn't know that...

Kitchen Boffin said...

looks delicious.. thanks for sharing..

ScienceUncle said...

I was always wondering how it was prepared - finally we made it. We got the same texture.

Nima said...

I was looking for this recipe for the past two years and I was totally happy to see this recipe of yours and it came out excellent. Thanks for the recipe.

prassanna said...

Thanks for sharing, I will bookmark and be back again

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