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Kaara Vada ~ Guest Post from Suja of Kitchen Corner,Try it !

Ever since I commenced guest hosting here at Melange,I was missing a special someone.To be specific she is my best friend here in this virtual world.Suja of Kitchen Corner ~ try it ! I am so happy and relieved today that I could fill the vacuum forever. Suja and her magical nostalgic recipes may not be nothing new to you.She blogs almost everything.From a very homely rasam to perfectly baked dinner rolls ! Perhaps this wide range of recipes make her blog special..A place worth touring for any foodie out there..Among the varied recipes she served there so far,I love her simple,superb egg roast the most..Having said that,I couldn’t get rid of some exotic mutton recipes she posted there yet..

Coming to Suja’s guest post for today,Kaara vada,I have whole lot of memories associated with this Thiruvananthapuram special snack.Early years of my career and hostel life in Trivandrum are few things I still cherish.There was this small tea shop on the left corner of west fort.By 2.30 afternoon if you approach the street nearby you will be blessed with the aroma wafting around the shop.They had pretty crispy kaaravadas there which we relished discussing a Kieslowski movie or a small piece of what Krishnan Nair sir wrote for ‘saahithyavaaraphalam’ that week..Good old days.But today I am bringing back those memories here through Suja,my adorable chef friend..Hope you will all enjoy it !

Below is what Suja has composed for Melange…Kaaravada!

Today I am very excited and happy to be a guest at Dhyuthi’s Melange. I am fortunate to find this sweet friend through this virtual blogging world.Our friendship started two years back,but when we write to each other its just like two old friends. We talk about everything..food,blogging,nostalgic memories of childhood,our family,hobbies,etc.,etc., 🙂

Dhyuthi’s blog is a space that I visit every time and each time I see a new post here, I will have something to relate to. In this space I often comment ‘this post makes me nostalgic’, ‘my grandmother used to make this’.. … I know this may sound cliche. But Dhyuthi understands me better than any of my blogger friends.Many of the post here rekindles those fond memories of the readers, the flavors and taste of good home food. I adore Dhyuthi’s passion for cooking and blogging.

So when Dhyuthi asked me to do a guest post I did not wish to lose such a wonderful opportunity. Dhyuthi wanted kaara vada,a Trivandrum special snack. I was all happy to make it because it is my favorite. This is a spicy snack similar to uzhunnu vada. There are different versions,but my mom uses left over dosa batter to make this yummy evening snack. She adds some chutney powder inside the batter which I love. Kaara vada is crispy in the outer and soft and spicy in the inside.


Raw rice/Dopi rice- 1 1/3 cup
Fermented dosa batter- 1/2 cup
Kadala mavu/ chick pea flour- 1 1/2 tbs
Channa Dal (Bengal Gram) – 1/4 cup
Baking soda- 1 pinch (optional)
Chilly powder- 1/3 tsp- 1/2 tsp
(according to your taste)
Chutney powder- 1/2 tsp ( optional)
Asafetida- a pinch
Pearl onion thinly sliced- 3
Green chilly chopped- 2
Curry leaves chopped a little
Salt to taste
oil to fry


Wash and soak rice for about 3 hours,drain spread on a kitchen towel. Allow this to slightly dry but not completely. Grind this into a fine powder. (or you can grind soaked rice into a paste using very little water)
Also soak channa dal for about two hours, drain and keep aside.
Into the rice flour add the dosa batter, gram flour and the rest of the ingredients except oil.The batter will be like the normal vada batter or slightly dropping consistency.Heat oil in a pan and when hot drop spoon full of batter or take small amount of batter in you hand and shape into small round balls. Fry till it is golden brown and crispy. Drain into paper towel and serve with tea.


23 comments on “Kaara Vada ~ Guest Post from Suja of Kitchen Corner,Try it !

  1. Suja Manoj
    December 9, 2012

    Thanks so much for the sweet words dear friend..thanks a ton for this wonderful opportunity..love your blog and so happy you shared your space with me,hugs 🙂


  2. divya
    December 9, 2012

    OMG….looks mouthwatering…


  3. Roha
    December 9, 2012

    wwoooo looks so tempting..!!!


  4. Vidhya
    December 9, 2012

    Tempting Vada. Lovely guest post.


  5. Sangeetha Priya
    December 9, 2012

    Wow very crispy vadas, first time here, u got a wonderful space…


  6. Julie
    December 10, 2012

    Tempting snack..looks perfectly done,Congrats Dhyuthi & Suja dearies..Great write up Dhyuthi:)
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  7. Gauri
    December 10, 2012

    It's funny how we tend to connect with someone so well even if its in the virtual world .. am glad you have found a friend here!!
    Lovely post and a really mouthwatering recipe, I especially loved the clicks 🙂


  8. Swathi Iyer
    December 10, 2012

    Dhyuthi, adipoli guest post. Suja is great friend, Yes making friends in blogging world is not that easy.


  9. prathibha Garre
    December 10, 2012

    Nice and tempting VAda..looks perfect


  10. devangana
    December 10, 2012

    Good one to attempt


  11. Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj
    December 10, 2012

    looks so inviting… nice clicks…


  12. Rafeeda
    December 10, 2012

    this is something new to me – not seen in malappuram side… to try soon!!! 🙂 i follow kitchen corner as well and suja does have some good recipes… next weekend – chicken biriyani trivandrum style is up for trial! 🙂


  13. Insignia
    December 10, 2012

    I loved the clicks. Its difficult to capture food on camera – these ones are so mouth watering. I thought of a different kara vada; but turns out to be a new recipe. Fit for winters.


  14. Vimitha Anand
    December 10, 2012

    Those are very tempting vadas. Will try soon. Bookmarking dear


  15. Reshmi Mahesh
    December 10, 2012

    Tempting clicks and yummy kaara vada…Great post Suja chechi..and great work Dhyuthi…Loved the write up..:)


  16. Nalini's Kitchen
    December 10, 2012

    sounds new to me…looks tempting…bookmarked.


  17. Priya
    December 10, 2012

    Such a beautiful guest post Suja, loving this kaara vada, quite different and very tasty one.


  18. Kaveri Venkatesh
    December 11, 2012

    Lovely guest post Suja…I had these once when I had been to TVM…they were really good…
    Nice write Dhyuthi


  19. Divya Pramil
    December 12, 2012

    Wow lovely guest post and superb clicks…Love those perfect kara vadas :)Thanks for sharing this with us Dhyuthi 🙂
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  20. Hema
    December 12, 2012

    Lovely guest post, the vadas look super tempting..


  21. Swasthi Blank
    December 13, 2012

    Thnaks for sharing this Dhyuthi and Suja! These look great and inviting. nice clicks too!


  22. Uma
    December 17, 2012

    I have always loved Suja's blog and her recipes.
    beautiful pictures 🙂 loved your blog too Dhyuthi !


  23. radha
    December 18, 2012



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