Corn soup is traditionally corn kernels added to regular soup base seasoned with salt and pepper. Most popular pick among one such corn soups is Indo-Chinese creamed style soup, which people crave for. Here's my style of Sweet Corn Chicken Soup… though not an exact match but close enough to that of Adyar Waldorf Restaurant, Chennai.
All time favourite starters made simple.
Masala Vadai is a popular deep fried snack from Tamil Nadu also known as Paruppu vadai. This is either made with single lentil or combination of lentils. We at home, make it purely with Bengal gram and call it as Masala Vadai and the one made with multiple lentils are termed as Aama Vadai. These vadais with crispy exterior and soft interior can be served as an appetizer, evening snack or in general would suit for any occassion.
Crispy deep fried lentil fritters, a popular street side savoury snack in Tamil Nadu. Colloquial term used for this type is Gharam Pakoda. (Onion Pakora / Onion Pakodi / Onion Pakoda / Ulli Pakodi / Pakora / Pattanam Pakoda / Sweet Stall Pakoda)
Proportion really matters a lot for this recipe, even an extra drop of water could turn them soft. I've tried my best to explain with right measures and pictures to make it easy for all. Enjoy!!!
Another great Chinese influenced dish, popular restaurant pick. Baby corn on cob deep fried and sauteed in Chinese sauces and stir fried with veggies.
Raw Banana ~ Green Plantain ~ Green Banana ~ Vazhaikai ~ Kache Kele ~ Pachakka
Cutlets made with cooked mashed raw banana and spinach, great starter or snack. (Raw Banana Vadai / Vazhaikai Vadai / Vazhaikai Cutlet / Plantain Cutlets)
Minced Eral mixed with roasted gram flour (Pottukadalai / Channa / Dalia flour), shaped into little vadais and deep fried. Rare chettinad influenced recipe, perfect appetizer and also a great side for any non -veg meal. (Shrimp Vadai / Prawn Vadai / Royyala Vadai )
English to Tamil, Shrimp / Prawn — Eral.
Punukulu are little crispy fritters from Andhra region, often had as a tea time snack or even as a breakfast item in some parts. These are kind of inbetween bhaji and bonda, as the exterior looks golden and crispy, the inner portion tastes soft and chevy. Would be right to call it Moong Methu Pakora. (Moong Dal Fritters / Pesara Punukulu / Moong Dal Pakodi / Moong Dal Bhaji )
Indo-Chinese style spicy Prawn Chilli.
American style appetizer made with spicy Jalapeno peppers.