Monday, December 10, 2007

Pakka Vada

Being married to a mallu, i thought it was about time i posted some recipe from Kerala. Just in time, Rajju's elder sister mails me this simple snack recipe from Kerala. After nearly a year in US, Rajju was happy to have something like this he has been missing.Thank you Rejitha chechi!

  • 1 cup Rice flour
  • 2 cups Besan
  • 2 tspn Red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tspn Hing
  • 1/4 cup Curry leaves
  • Salt as per taste
  • Oil for deep frying
  1. Take the rice flour in a bowl. Add boiling water and mix well using a spoon to make a soft dough.
  2. Once it cools down a little, add the Besan , salt, hing, redchilli powder and mix well to form a dough similar to chakli dough.If required, u could use some more room temperature water to make the dough.
  3. Take a chakli press and use the one with narrow slit which results in a tape shape.
  4. Heat oil in Deep botton pan(kadai).
  5. Now add the dough prepared in parts into the chakli press, close and press into the oil in a circular fashion so as to fill the entire surface area of the oil.
  6. Fry until golden brown .Remove onto a kitchen towel.
  7. Once cooled , break into smaller pieces and garnish with deep fried curry leaves. This also gives a good aroma.


Anonymous said...

Looks yum!!

Will try it out for the christmas pot luck.


Anonymous said...

The snack looks real good. i don't have the chaklimaker, else i would have made it by now. I am a big fan of your cooking and I have tried everything that you have posted on your blog. can't wait to try it. May be for christmas holidays.Good gal!!!


TBC said...

You have a lovely blog here with some great recipes. Will be back for more!

Anonymous said...

me and my hubby loves pakkavada.Living in a small city in the US it is hard to find good packaged snacks. i was very excited to see this recipe. Tried it and was a success. i make it quite often now.
Thanks much.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the recipe. I have made pakkavada with the help of this recipe and it turns out pretty good every time.

Anonymous said...

Is there anyway I can make this without a chakli press or a cookie moulder? Please help?
It luks tempting and I really want to try it!
Please mail me at:

Thanu said...

Hi Anon,
The mould is what I. have been using for pakka vada. But, I guess you can grease any flat surface with a bit of oil. Then roll out the dough prepared. This can be cut into tapes using the blunt side of the knife and deep fried in the regular way. Hope that helps.

Anju said...

Thankyou Thanu for this recipe it turned out very good .

Anonymous said...

can u pls tell me how much cups of water to use so that all the besan can be mixed well with the riceflour and water paste

Thanu said...

Anon, you add the hot water to the rice flour and then add very less water only if needed when you mixing the besan. Keep in mind that the dough formed should be soft but not sticky, so that you can make ribbon using the press.

rupa said...

This is a Mallu snack of ancient days.Goes pukka with beer and other drinks.