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Vegetarian Cooking Recipes

Khata Vada/Desai Vada/Milo Fritters

imageThis vadas (fritters) are crispy, soft and tasty. Like to enjoy cold/hot with tea. Also known as desai vada because traditionally this recipe made in Desai community of South Gujarat. Like to make during occasion shitla satam, kali chaudas and in long journey. So thought to be sharing this recipe. If you want gluten-free version then you can replace wheat flour with chick-pea flour (besan).


  • Jowar(Milo/sorghum) Flour 1and ½ cup
  • Wheat Flour ½ Cup
  • Rice Flour 1 Tbsp.
  • Fenugreek(Methi) Seeds 7-8 (slightly roasted and crushed)
  • Sesame Seeds 1 tsp.
  • Yogurt 1 Tbsp.
  • Baking Powder ¼ Tsp.
  • Oil 2 Tbsp.
  • Spices
  • Green Chilli and ginger Paste 1 Tsp.
  • Chili Powder ¼ Tsp. less or more according to yr taste
  • Brown Sugar ¼ Tsp.
  • Hing 2 Pinch
  • Turmeric Powder ½ tsp.
  • Salt to taste


  1. Take all flour in medium size bowl; add yogurt and 1 Tbsp. of oil, baking powder and crushed fenugreek seeds and sesame seeds.
  2. Warm one cup of water and add it to flour mixture. Mix it thoroughly with hands. Make a thick batter. Add more water if required.
  3. Leave it for 12-16 hours for fermentation with lid of vessel.
  4. Add 1 Tbsp of oil and all spices listed. Add water if required.
  5. Take oil in pan for deep fry and heat it. Pour a spoonful of batter in round shapes.
  6. Deep fry on medium to high flame till it becomes golden yellow in color all the sides. Drain on an absorbent paper.
  7. Desai vada is ready to serve, best with Tea, Puri etc.
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A Taquito is a Mexican dish consisting of a small tortilla wrapped up around various kinds of fillings.   I made with mixture of potato, avocado and cheese.  The dish is also known as a flautas, because their narrow, tube like appearance.

This crispy, savory dish is a delicious and simply way to prepare. I made it in lunch today but you can enjoy it at any time of day. This is a good and tasty appetizer for get-together or parties.

I fried them but they can also easily be prepared by baking. 


  • Potatoes, 3
  • Mexican Cheese ½ Cup
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Ripe and Peeled Avocado 1 coarsely mashed
  • Corn Tortilla or any 10-12
  • Cumin Powder ¼ Tsp.
  • Red Chili Powder 1/8 Tsp. (Optional)
  • Turmeric Powder ¼ tsp.
  • Lemon Juice 1 Tbsp.
  • Coriander Few Strings washed and chopped
  • Green Onion washed and chopped
  • Lettuce Shredded 1 Cup


  1. In a medium saucepan boil potatoes in water 15-20 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat.
  2. In large mixing bowl, shred potatoes, add shredded cheese, salt and pepper, mashed avocado, cumin powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder, lemon juice, chopped coriander and green onion.
  3. Combine all ingredients and set aside.
  4. Mix one Tbsp. of plain flour with an eight to ten Tbsp. of warm water. Mix well and set aside.
  5. Place canola oil in a medium skillet on medium high heat.
  6. Place 1-2 Tbsp. of mixture on a tortilla and roll. On edge spread a little mixture of flour and water. Seal it. Repeat same with other tortilla. Carefully put tortilla into hot oil. Fry for approximate 2-3 minutes or until browned evenly on all sides. Place on paper towel to drain excess oil.
  7. Serve topped with taco sauce, Sour cream, lettuce, shredded cheese. Dip in with Mexican hot sauce and enjoy!!!
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Veggie Tostada

imageVegetarian Tostada is easier to make, delicious, and healthier. My family love Mexican Dishes and I like to make mostly every week different kind of dishes because they full of proteins and provide nutrient we need.


  • Black beans or Pinto beans 2 Cup Cooked and mashed (I took 1 cup Black Beans and 1 Cup Pinto Beans).
  • Tostadas Shells 6 Toasted ( For toasting I put in oven at 250 F for 5 minutes )
  • Red Chilli powder Or Paprika ½ Tsp.
  • Cumin Powder ½ Tsp.
  • Garlic Clove Minced 1
  • Turmeric Powder ¼ Tsp.
  • Carom Seeds 1/8 Tsp. (Optional)
  • Asafoetida One Pinch
  • Corn frozen 1/4 Cup
  • Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese or any of your choice ¾ Cup
  • Shredded Lettuce 1 Cup
  • Olive Oil 1 Tbsp.
  • For Guacamole
  • Ripe and Peeled Avocados – 2 coarsely mashed
  • Fresh Lime Juice 2-3 Tbsp.
  • 4-5 string coriander, washed and chopped
  • Salt ½ Tsp.
  • Black Pepper powder ¼ Tsp.
  • Cumin Powder ½ Tsp.
  • Olive oil 1/2 Tsp.
  • Garlic Clove Minced 1
  • Combine all ingredients in medium bowl, mix well or Mix in Vitamix for 30 seconeds, cover guacamole until ready to use.
  • Fresh Tomato Salsa (Pico de Gallo)
  • Diced seeded Tomato 3 Cups
  • Diced Onion 1 Cup
  • Diced deseed Jalapeno 1/3 Cup ( If you like spicy than diced with seed)
  • Chopped Fresh Cilantro ¼ Cup
  • Fresh Lime Juice 2 Tbsp.
  • Salt ½ Tsp.
  • Black Pepper Powder or freshly crushed ¼ Tsp.
  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover until ready to serve.


  1. Heat a pan over medium heat. Add oil, swirl to coat. Add Carom seeds, Asafoetida, garlic Minced, 1 cup of fresh salsa, corn, red chilli powder, Turmeric Powder, cumin powder and cook for 5-7 Minutes.
  2. Add mashed beans add little water if necessary to desired consistency.
  3. Cooked 4-5 Minutes. Turn off the heat.
  4. Spread about 3-5 spoons of bean mixture on each tostada shell. Top each with guacamole, cheese, lettuce and fresh salsa as per your requirement. Serve Immediately.

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