Monday, 18 March 2013

Vettu Cake Recipe / Deep Fried Sweet Cake ~ A Special Chayakkada Palaharam of Kerala ~ Step by Step Recipe

Kerala Vettu Cake Recipe

Vettu (Cut)Cake is a famous chayakkada / local tea shop palaharam (snack). Amma used to make this when we were kids and I used to help her cutting and shaping the dough while she fried them in hot oil. The cross like cut on the square shape should be deep, so that when we add the dough to the oil it will puff up and the cut will open up and resemble a flower.... Well mine didn't come out perfect in shape as I was doing it all alone and by the time I started frying the cuts had started joining back :D.... So the point is if you want a perfect shape like a flower ask someone to help you while you are frying them :D.... Eggs used in the original Vettu cake recipe are duck eggs and since I don’t have duck eggs I used large chicken eggs. Another important point while frying is that the heat should always be on medium low; do not over fry vettu cake.... Since its summer holiday time in Kerala make this for your hungry kids and their friends while they are enjoying their holidays! 

Kerala Special Deep Fried Sweet Cake
Vettu Cake Recipe / Deep Fried Sweet Cake ~ A Special Chayakkada Palaharam of Kerala 
All purpose flour / Maida – 500 gm
Baking Soda – 1 tsp
Eggs-2 big (preferably duck eggs)
Sugar- 250 gm, powder it
Cardamom powder – 1 tsp
Salt – 1 tsp
Water – ½ cup (+ or - accordingly)
Vegetable oil – for deep fryingVettu Cake Step by Step Recipe
  • Sift together all purpose flour and baking soda.
  • Beat eggs well with a hand blender and add powdered sugar and beat well.
  • Add sifted all purpose flour, salt, cardamom powder. Add water little by little and knead and make tight dough.
  • Cover with a damp cloth and keep aside for 1 hour.
  • Divide dough into equal sized thick strips. Cut this into 1” square or triangle shape.
  • Run a sharp knife over the square shaped dough and make two deep cuts like a cross. If you make a triangle shape, make one deep cut in the centre (refer the picture).
  • Heat oil in a pan and deep fry till golden brown on medium heat. (Make sure not to over fry the vettu cake as it will become very hard to eat).
  • Drain on paper towels. Cool completely and store in air tight containers for up to 3 weeks.

Chayakkada Cut Cake Recipe

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  1. My umma also makes these with inclusion of rava as well... :)

  2. Swapna, this is one of my favorites. I have tried to make this a few times with different recipes. But always ended up with egg-y cakes. The egg smell overpowered other flavors.I tried adding nutmeg too. Any suggestions ?

    1. Nami I think vettu cakes have a little bit egg-y smell... even in the original recipe there is no cardamom, I added it to reduce the egg smell... or like the other reader suggested try it without yolk..

    2. Thanks Swapna and V . Should try that next time. I don't remember that egg-y smell in the chayakkada ones :(

  3. hi namitha, u just discard the yolk :) it will be fine

  4. Prefect tea time snack,very tempting vettu cake,have to make some soon.

  5. i sooo remember these cakes swapna. have had them only a couple of times but i love it. If it wasnt for the deep frying i would have tried it right away :)

    1. Try it with half/ quarter recipe Nisha... once in a while you can have some deep fried stuffs :)... but I must tell you it's very addictive!

  6. look superb :) very inviting and perfect as a snacl

  7. oh this is something i have with tea in this because we can keep munching:)

  8. Nice! Not tasted the vettu cake. It looks like varikki to me. Wonder if they are the same.

  9. Wow, my favorite snack, thanks for the recipe

  10. Interesting recipe, never tasted this. Bookmarked.

  11. Wow..wonderful cakes ,swapna..I am going to try this for sure.

  12. wow! Don't think I have had these!Thanks for teaching me something new Swapna :)

  13. Very nice pics!! I also made this on my blog.Check it out...I just added a little powdered sugar on top even though the original ones don't have it.

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  15. Lovely recipe with perfect presentation! You have given it as easy method! definitely I will try this out!

  16. I want to try them too... It looks so lovely. I want to make it in large scale. 3 big tins. Will the same measurement do? How much can i make out of this measurement?

    1. You will get half to three fourth of a tin with small sized vettu cake Ritu... for 3 big tins you have to double or triple the recipe... hope you have someone at home to help you if you make a large quantity... not an easy work dear ;)... Let me know if you make it....

  17. OMG :-O... only 1/2 tin??? I dont have anyone to help :-?( Thats ok chechi... am very much motivated by ur pic that at any cost am ready to prepare this. For sureI'll let u know. Thank you so much for ur suggestion :-)

  18. Great article with excellent idea! I appreciate your post. Thanks so much and let keep on sharing your stuffs keep it up.
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