Almond & Cashew Vadais/Falafels

Almond & Cashew Vadais/Falafels
# 50 -Badam/Kaju Vadais or Almond-Cashew Falafels
Thanks to all of your support, I have hit a first milestone :-)
Two of my great blogger friends, Nithu and Priya won First and Second place in November contest of Manjula’s kitchen and I am super happy for them. When I was at Manjula ben’s website, I saw her Dec contest posted – Should I or should I not – try? I was racking my brain to come up with a badam or kaju recipe (since we don’t normally cook much with pista or walnut for that matter-which is a salad/pie ingredient) I Googled and scoured some recipes online but they were all mostly sweet! I knew she was calling for desserts but I decided that this was not going to be one -I will come up with another for the event and save this recipe for another nutty event :-) –  And it is about 4pm by now, mind you and I had a salty snack on my mind! I decided to get innovative – or go rogue, Palin style (no-never- just kidding) We all know how deliciously tasty both almonds and cashews are and no matter what you do, you cannot go too wrong…

So I plunged headlong with the hope that I could turn out a bloggable recipe – When my son pronounced them “REEEALLLY good”, I felt confident enough to go for it … I did not want a run-of-the-mill recipe for the 50th – To come up with something somewhat unique was a thrill.


1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup of raw cashews
1/4 cup of besan/kadalamavu – chickpea flour
2 teaspoons of rice flour
1/2 med. onion
4 green chillies
1/2 teaspoon of ginger powder (grated ginger will work fine too)
Oil to fry

powdered mix

add the lightly fried onions and knead

Get the vadais ready

Fried and served

Another take :-)

First, in a blender, powder the almonds and cashews to a gravel consistency
In a bowl, dry mix the nut powders and the flours –
(there will be a few nuts which are half ground – which is fine add to texture)
In a teaspoon of oil, lightly fry the onions
Add to the mix along with the green chillies
Add about 1 teaspoon of oil to the mix and knead
Last, add about 1 teaspoon of warm water and knead
Make balls and keep ready
Fry and serve HOT

Got this COOL Award from Akhila – Thanks a lot dear :-) Enjoyed participating!

Another AWESOME award, I did not realize I had got until today Thank ou Priya (BonAppetit)

Posted on

December 10, 2010


  1. congratulations on ur 50 th post and fantastic idea of using cashews in vadai….

  2. Totally new recipe.

    Congratulations for the 50th post!

  3. Congratulation dear on your 50th post. May you reach many many heights and those falfalfels are a great way to celebrate. Bookmarking your recipe :)

  4. Congrats Priya on your 50th post!Our kids are the best judges.Keep rocking!

  5. Hi Priya
    first time to ur blog ,many many hearty congrats for thia wonderful milestone,glad to visit u …ur kaju vadas looks amazing …perfect ,crunchy n delicious …
    if u get time do visit my blog

  6. Thats really a rich and yummy snacks, congrats on ur 50th post dear..

  7. Congrats on the milestone.. Wish u many more to come.. These snack balls are looking very tempting!

  8. Congrats on your 50th post and wish you many more to come. Nice and yummy vadas

  9. K Murali Iyer congrats! and best of luck for further innovations!
    who are the lucky ones who get to eat all of this?
    my mouth is watering…
    am really envious of the Civilians!

  10. wow…very innovative and delicious recipe

  11. Thanks for the lovely comments dear. You have a wonderful blog and I like the 'about me' too:) congrats and those balls are very inviting.

  12. Congrats on your 50th ..super recipe,bookmarked.

  13. hi dear,
    hearty congratulations on your first milestone— your recipes rock, they r uniquely presented with loads of passion— keep stirring n sharing !


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