This cake has been our family favourite from when i was kid. As my both parents were working when we return from school we get some snacks from tea shops daily evening as a snack. Other than the savoury items like Parippu Vada, Ulunthu Vada we love this Sweet Vettu cake, we call this cake as Cabbage. Because in some teashops they make round in shape and it resembles cabbage.

Its really a yummy cake can be made without oven or even without much effort. Perfect snack for the evening teatime. Can be made in minutes for the guests at home. I feel this cake can be eaten without any guilt as it has no preservatives. My kids also love this cake so i have planned to make this cake for his snack box too.You can make this cake egg less version by adding two tablespoon of curd or add a small banana mashed well in the place of egg as a substitute. If you are making say 2 cups double all the ingredients and follow the same recipe.

Vettu Cake


All purpose Flour/ Maida- 1 cup
Baking Soda- 1/4 teaspoons
Turmeric powder- 1/4 teaspoon
Sugar, powdered- 1/2 cup
Cardamom- 3 pods
Oil- for frying

Kerala Tea cake


  • Powder the sugar with the seeds of the cardamom in a blender  as a powder.
  • Mix Baking soda and turmeric powder with all purpose flour.
  • Beat well an egg in a bowl with spoon.
  • Add the powdered sugar with cardamom and mix well till combined.
  • then add the all purpose flour an mix well and form a smooth pliable dough.
  • If the dough sticks to your hand add a teaspoon or two of all purpose flour till you get a non sticky dough. Keep aside for 5-10 minutes.
  • Shape the dough into two small rectangular logs.
  • Slice then into 1 1/2 inch slices.
  • Give two deep cuts at the middle of the dough on each sides. Likewise do for all pieces.
  • You can make small balls also and cut the top to get round shaped cakes.
  • Heat the oil and deep fry the dough till golden colour appears and the outside of the cake gets hard.
  • Note: Do not fry the cake on high flame the inside of the cake will not get cooked.
  • Cook the cake on low flame, first the cake becomes soft then it becomes hard on outside and become golden colour.
Kerala Fried Tea Cake