Kayi Ada/Unna Kaya (Stuffed Plantain-Fried)

Kayi ada Unna kaya (Stuffed plantain)

Here is one of my all time favorite recipe for you. I love love and love anything with plantain. Kayi Ada/Unna kaya is one of the most popular snacks of Malabar. This delicious snack will be there on all occasions. Without Kayi ada and Erachi Ada (Malabar style Meat Pockets) no snack platters of Malabarians especially Kannur side will complete. These are king and queen of snacks of Malabar ;). This is one among the easiest ,yet delicious melt in your mouth snacks.

Sadly we won’t get this delicious and my favourite plantain here :(. I have to wait for vacation to indulge in this sweet beauty. These Kayi ada pictures I took when went home last December, and now I have to satisfy my self by seeing the pictures ;(.

Mashed plantains are stuffed with sweet filling, either coconuts or eggs, or else by mixing both eggs and coconuts. Both the ways it is yummilicious. Fried cashew nuts and raisins gives little crunchy and chewy texture.Dash of cardamom powder and ghee (clarified butter) gives mouthwatering aroma. How can someone not love this simple and delicious combo?!

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Luqaimat (Middle Eastern Sweet Dumplings)

Luqaimat (middle eastern fried dumplings)

Luqaimat is one of the yummiest and my all time favorite middle eastern sweet snack. These sweet dumplings are very easy to prepare as well. If you had this yummy snack once in your life time, you would probably have craved for it again. Or if you have never had luqaimat, I suggest you must try once.

These fried sweet dumplings are a must on Iftar table amongst Arabs. We used to make this at least once during Ramadhan. Once you have a platter full of luqaimat in your hand, I bet you won’t stop eating them.

We both were keeping on eating this crunchy snack and finished all of them. These little snacks are little crunchy on outside, and little softer inside. Proofed batter are fried in hot oil and drizzle some honey or sugar syrup on hot dumplings and yummmm. We always prefer to enjoy it with honey.

Lets see the recipe……….

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Syrniki (Farmer’s Cheese Russian Pancake)

Syrniki (Farmers cheese pancake)

Here is easy and delicious another breakfast item, again with farmers cheese(Tvorog). In russian its called “Syrniki”. This pancake is very popular here. Commonly prepared in every household. I love to make this because it makes mess free breakfast and tasty too.I also made another breakfast item with farmers cheese – Farmer’s Cheese Cake (Breakfast Cheese Cake) .

I got this recipe from a hotel’s kitchen ;).. yes! When my Brother and family visited us here, we went to Bukhara (a famous historical – tourist destination in Uzbekistan). It was on friday, after checking out from hotel, hubby and bro went for friday prayer. We waited them on lobby. Since kids were there….we don’t want to sit in the car. On that day for breakfast buffet, they also served this tasty pancake. When I got a chance to talk with a lady there, I asked about this. She took me to their kitchen and showed me each ingredients and method. They were very happy and proud that I asked them for the recipe. She also wrote it in a paper in russian :).

It’s not complicated recipe and any starters can make this easy pancake. You can always substitute farmers cheese with ricotta or cottage cheese. Farmer’s cheese texture is much drier than cottage cheese. So make sure to drain of the excess water if it has.

Lets see the recipe……..

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Potato Pancake

Potato is one of my favorite veggyy and I love to have it in any form. This pancake is one of the popular breakfast item here in Tashkent. I think they would have got that culture from Russians.(shhh… I don’t know…this is just my guess ;)…) whatever it is, the pancake with this humble and super nutritious veggyy  is really easy to make….yet delicious!

I became a fan of potato pancake after coming here. I always used to google, google and google to find out something new to add to our menu, especially breakfast recipes. Thats how I got this recipe and fell in love with this. Some people used to top it with meat fillings as well.

Potato pancake is one of the item which I usually make on lazy weekends. It doesn’t take much time to put together. Hot pancakes with tomato ketchup and some sour cream…. our usual way of enjoying this soft and delicious breakfast item.

Lets see the recipe…..

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Egg Bonda/Pakora (Egg Fritters)

Egg bonda/fritters/pakoras

Egg bonda is one of the Indian snack with simple ingredients,which you can put together easily. Hard boiled eggs are stuffed with aromatic, little spicy filling and deep fried by dipping in maida(all purpose flour) batter.There are different variations of egg bonda across the region, and this is how we make at home.

This snack is often made at home during iftar or as evening tea time snack. This pakora also made if any guests arrive without any notice, because this can be made with ingredients easily available in all kitchen like egg,onion,ginger garlic paste, green chilli,maida……….

This egg pakora/bonda I made for a Uzbek guest here, mainly because, when we went to their home, we were talking about Indian food and snacks. First thing they were saying about Indian snack was Pakoras. So I made this snack with some other snacks. I made it less spicy, because people here are not used with so much of hot and spiciness as we usually have.

Anyways….lets see how this Egg bonda/pakora/fritters made……

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