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Appetizers/Snacks




Uzhunnu Vada/Urad Dal Vada

Popular south Indian tea time snack.Uzhunnu vada or medu vada is deep fried lentils balls with wonderful aroma and taste




Ammini Kozhukattai

A savory snack made with steamed rice balls. It has a  spicy tempering with urad dal and roasted coconut

Italian Spicy Breaded Shrimp
A classic appetizer deep fried and crispy with the flavor of lemon,almond and cinnamon.





 Tuna Fish Patties

Tuna fish patties is tasty and filling appetizer. These are made with fresh tuna, you can also make it with canned tuna




                
                    Samosa
                    Indian favorite deep fried snack with a pasty like crust and a       
                    spicy potato and peas filling


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 Egg Salad

Egg salad is a simple and yummy appetizer. It can also be used as a filling for sandwich.



 Chicken pops

Crispy chicken snacks perfect for kids.


Orappam
 Orappam is a traditional snack of Kerala.It is made with rice flour and coconut milk, sugar/jaggery

    
     
  Chicken Cutlet

 Kerala style cutlets spicy chicken cutlets with the flavor of freshly ground pepper, coriander leaves. Spicy cutlet with piping hot tea..can you ever say no to this delicious tea time snack?



       Spinach Onion Pakoras


        Spinach and onion pakoras can be served with tea or as appeti-
        zers for pot luck parties. The flavor of onion pakodas/ fitters
        are irresistible.

      


 Paneer Pakora

Paneer/ Indian style cottage cheese  batter dipped and deep fried to make a tempting and yummy snack/appetizer.





Chicken Pouch/Potli

Chicken pouch is a spicy meat and peas filling and the dough is shaped like a pouch

 
Chicken Spring Rolls

Chinese Style spring rolls are traditional festival food. Pastry sheets with meat and vegetable filling,  deep fried  to from a crispy and tasty appetizer.


 Sun-Dried Tomato and Onion Tart

Sun-dried tomato and onion tarts has a cheesy center with caramelized onions and sun-dried tomatoes. The crust is   crispy and buttery and  tastes wonderful



Paneer Pizza

Pizza is kids favorite.  This is a fusion variety with a crispy base and topped with paneer. It tastes exotic with paneer and touch of Indian tikka masala.



Kappalandi Mittayi

Kappalandi Mittayi/ Chikki/peanut ladoo is a is yummy crispy candy made with peanuts and jaggery






        Kaara Vada


        Yummy and spicy vada/ deep fried lentil balls. Kaara
         means spicy.

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  Tea Sandwich


Tea sandwich are easy to prepare afternoon tea time snack. It is perfect finger food for get together enjoyed by both kids and grown ups

Chemmeen Vada

Chemmen Vada is prawns patties is a  quick and easy appetizer. It is spicy and delicious pan fried prawns patties.




Aval Vilayichathu

Easy quick snack made with beaten rice. It is sweetened with jaggery and coconut.






Tangdi Kabab 


Tangi Kabab is grilled chicken drumstick with a  flavorful and spicy marinade. It is a yummy starter/appetizer


Bread Bonda

Deep fried crispy bread balls with a spicy potato filling.
  Prawns Pineapple Skewers

Prawns and pineapple skewers is a perfect appetizer for get together or any occasion. It is mildly spicy with sweetness from the pineapple.


 Mushroom Rolls

Baked mushroom rolls with a delicious mushroom filling with an extra crunch from toasted pine nuts.





Korean Fried Chicken 

Deep fried chicken coated with a sticky sweet and spicy sauce.



Vettu Cake

Fried dough flavored with duck eggs and cardamon. It is a popular snack of Kerala.



 Gobi Manchurian

 Gobi / cauliflower Manchurian is an Indo Chinese  fusion foo. Crispy batter fried cauliflower in a mildly sweet and spicy sauce.






Unnakaya

Malabar snack made with ripe plantains.Mashed  Plantains are stuffed with flavored sweet coconut.





Vattayappam 

Vattayappam is an old fashioned snack. It is fermented and steamed rice cakes with a soft spongy texture.





Chocolate Walnut Bars

Chocolate Walnut bars with a buttery dough, a chocolate raspberry filling and a crumble topping.




 Parippu Vada

Crispy and mildly spiced tea time snack made with thuvar dal or channa dal





Vietnamese Fish Cakes

Cha' Ca is a street food and a delicious starter made with minced fish and flavored with basil leaves.





Kinnathappam

Kinnathapam is steamed rice cakes, sweeten with jaggery/palm sugar and flavored with coconut,cardamon and cumin.





Chegodilu

Chegodilu is a crispy savory snack made with rice and  sesame seeds. It is shaped like rings and deep fried till crispy.





Paneer Kathi Rolls

Delicious wrap with grilled spicy paneer tikka filling. 






           Rasa vada

           Spicy, crispy parippu vada made with thuvar vada/ channa dal 
           soaked in tangy and mildly spiced rasam


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  Prawn Omelette

Delicious and filling omlet with prawns and bell pepper  






Masala Bun

Masala Bun/Bun Nirachathu is stuffed bun with a spicy chicken filling.



Potato Bonda

Spiced potato masala dipped in batter and deep fried to form a crispy and appetizing snack/starter.




Chakka Ada

Caramelised jackfruit is used in this recipe, Chakka ada is steamed rice parcels with sweet coconut filling

  




   Paneer Tikka

   Paneer tikka is served as a appetizer enticing smoky flavor of 
    grilled paneer  in a tangy spicy marinade.





Apple Kums/Pola

A Malabar snack,has a egg based custard flavored with apple. 






 Chicken Puffs

  Puffs with a spicy chicken filling with the enticing flavor of garam masala and pepper. Can be served as a tea time snack. 




Ari Unda

Snack made with roasted and powdered red rice, jaggery and coconut. It is flavored with cardamon and cumin. 


        
        Neyyappam



        Neyyappam is a traditional sweet/snack of Kerala. It is deep fried        fitters made with rice and jaggery and with the enticing flavor of ghee        and cardamom.

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         Vada Pav


         Popular street food of Bombay. It is basically batata vada served with          spicy chutney and bread/pav

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  Roti Jala/ Net Pancake


Roti Jala/Roti kirai is a traditional Malayan snack .Roti Jala literally means net bread and is served as a tea time snack with spicy curry


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         Tandoori Prawns


         Grilled prawns is a tempting delicacy with zesty smoky flavor.



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      Sambar Vada

      Uzhunnu vada soaked in sambar is simple and filling snack


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Malaysian Chicken Curry Puffs

These deep fried crispy and spicy snacks are irresistible.The stuffing used here is a spicy chicken filling.Malaysian Curry puffs is a popular Asian street food

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