Vettu Cake- Kerala Fried Tea Cake


Hello Everyone !!!

This time on crackleandtemper I am bringing you all another delicious tea time snack which is very famous in southern Kerala . I also have an exciting announcement to make with this post . I have joined a group of wonderful bloggers called Culinary Hoppers and this is the first entry of mine to the group . Culinary hoppers consists of these talented bloggers Jayashree , Anupama, Sonal , Shailja, Swati, Padma, Piyali, Vani and Shubha . I am so happy and excited to be a part of this wonderful team and looking forward to learn so much from you all . For my first post here I am bringing a very famous southern kerala tea shop snack called vettu cake .

Vettu in malayalam means cut , as you can see in the picture there is a cut on the top . This  is actually a very kerala version of cake with the only difference of it being fried and bit denser than the regular cake. These cakes were fried because there was no concept of oven in Kerala and frying was the best way to cook these little beauties. It is a popular tea stall snack found only in rural Kerala , it is very difficult to find this snack in urban cities in Kerala.

I have a lot of good old childhood memories about this snack . My mom who was a school teacher used to buy this from small tea shops when she got back from her work . The vettu cake wrapped in malayalam news papers , it would have a good smell to it and eating them on a rainy day with a cup of chaya (malayalam word for tea ) . With all those nostalgic memories I am bringing you all this favourite recipe of mine. 


Preparation Time – 15 minutes
Cooking Time – 15 to 20 minutes depending on the quantity the deep frying                               time might increase
Method- Easy
Serves- 2
Author- Parvathy V Nair



All purpose Flour- 1 cup
Sugar- 1/4 cup
Cardamom- 1 pods
Egg- 1
Baking Soda- 1/2 teaspoon
Salt- a pinch
Oil – as needed to deep fry


1. In a bowl mix flour , baking soda and salt keep it aside .

2. Now let us powder the sugar and cardamom pods , keep it aside.

3. In a bowl beat the egg either using a fork or a beater . Beat the egg till it is frothy

4. Now add the powdered sugar to it and beat it till it is mixed

5. Slowly add flour little by little till it forms a firm dough , if required you can add couple tablespoons extra flour to make the dough.  Make a round out of the dough and keep it aside to rest for 15 minutes.

6. Now let us make the vettu shape . I will attach pictures and explain step by step

First make a long log out of the dough .

Now start cutting this log into small triangle shapes.


Make a slit on the ends of these small triangles . This slit is called vettu in malayalam .

7. Heat oil in to deep fry . You can also use your deep frier to do this . Make sure the oil should be hot first then reduce it to medium and fry it . If the oil is too hot the cakes will burn . The texture of these cakes are bit to the dense side . Enjoy these cakes with hot tea


15 - 2


26 thoughts on “Vettu Cake- Kerala Fried Tea Cake

  1. Hi Parvathy, welcome to the group 🙂 This appears to be a very new and interesting recipe! The vettu cakes look so perfectly made and thoroughly enjoyable. Thanks for sharing dear.

    1. Hi Shubha

      Thank you so much for the warm welcome . Thanks a lot for your kind words . Please do let know how your little one liked the vettu cake ..

  2. Also hey, you mentioned about culinary hoppers. Is there a Facebook page for them which I can follow to see other recepies

    TIA Anandi

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s