Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Vettu Cake/Deep Fried Cake(Kerala Special Tea Shop Palaharam)


Vettu cake is a local snack available in almost all the tea shops(chayakkada)in southern part of Kerala,India.Tea shops in Kerala is a gathering place for local people as well as podiums for long discussions on politics and current affairs.As these discussions heated up and more people will join and the the number of tea consumed will go up drastically along with snacks like parippu vada,uzhunnu vada,pazham pori,bonda and vettu cake.

This was my childhood favorite.Now fancy items have replaced this old traditional tea time snack.I am so glad to share it with you guys:)

I prepared this cake on last weekend.My hubby likes it and took the pics with his favorite camera.So I got some good pics.
I got the inspiration to make this cake from my friend's blog Swapna's Cuisine.
Here is the recipe.

  • All purpose flour/maida-2cups
  • Rava-1/4 cup
  • Eggs -2,big(duck eggs are using in kerala)
  • Baking soda -1tsp
  • Sugar-1/4 cup
  • Salt-a pinch
  • Water-as required
  • cardamom-1tsp,crushed with half tsp sugar
  • Oil-for deep frying     
  • Sieve  the flour,rava and  baking soda well.
  • Beat eggs well with powdered sugar with a hand blender till the sugar completely melts.
  • Make a well in the center of the flour and pour the egg mixture.Add salt and cardamom powder.Mix it and knead well by adding water little by little.Make a tight dough.Cover and keep it aside for 1 hour.
  • Divide the dough into equal sized strips by rolling.I used aluminum foil to roll out.It helps me to roll it out smoothly.You need not take the entire dough for rolling,you can take part by part.
  • Gently press the rolled out dough,so that it forms a rectangular shape strips. Cut them into 1.5 inch piece squares.
  • Make a deep cut in the centre using a knife and again one opposite to the first cut.Make one deep cut in the centre for triangular shapes.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan deep fry it till golden brown on medium heat.
  • Make sure not to over fry this cake as it will become very hard to eat.
  • Make sure that oil is not too hot.When the oil is very hot,outside of the cake gets burns earlier and the inside part won't cook properly.
  • Once they are cooked,remove it from the oil and transfer to a kitchen tissue to absorb excess oil. 
  • Allow to cool and store in air tight containers for up to 2-3 weeks. 
Enjoy with hot Tea/ coffee..... 
Happy Cooking!!!



  1. i had just posted my mother's version a couple of days ago... urs looks lovely... :)

    1. Thanks Rafeeda..This is one of my favorite tea time snacks..will visit ur space for vettu cake....

  2. Looks perfect:-) I wanna try it too

  3. Thanks Ritu for your lovely comment.try it soon and let me know ur suggestions..

  4. Thanks for trying and for the link back Sini.... Glad you liked it:)...

  5. Sure.. am gonna make it tomorrow itself :-)

  6. Thanks Swapna for your lovely comment...

  7. its my fav one,love to have now dear...

  8. I made these on my blog as well but didn't come out quite as pretty as yours! Great!

    1. Thanks BEENA for your lovely comment....

  9. first time on your space and happy to follow you , visit me in your free time........... i had tasted this delicious snack .... didn't made at home......

  10. Hi Sharanya,
    Thanks for visiting my space and leaving a lovely comment...Hope u will try my vettu cake recipe and let me know your feedback......