Childhood Memories- Vettu cake / Malabar tea cake

This photo was taken when Amma made this cake for Riaan for the first time..The cake tasted even more delicious since she added a secret ingredient for her grandson….love!

​This this something you ll find in all the chayakadas(teashops) in Kerala mostly Norther or malabar kerala.

Since childhood i have seen my ammamma ( grandma) make this for tea.

Since we were in Muscat i longed for this cake. Amma(mother) was not good in this cake making when i was young..now my mom is an expert. my mothers two sisters sreeja aunty and vimala muthamma (eldest aunty) will prepare this in batches when we come to india. we used to come down during the rainy seasons to Kerala. I love this cake and tea with rain…its a tradition in our family now to make this cake during the rains. If its raining and you go to any of my moms siblings home …u ll be greeted with hot tea and hot cakes.
If u come to visit Kerala…must try this!



500 grams all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

1 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

250 grams confectioners sugar

Approximately 1/2 cup water

Oil for frying


In a bowl,whisk together flour,baking soda,salt and ground cardamom

In another bowl, beat together eggs and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the flour mix along with just enough water to form a tight / stiff dough. Cover the dough with a damp towel and set aside for 1 hour. Divide the dough into 4. Roll them out to form a cylinder. Flatten it out and cut out 1 inch squares or triangles.

Heat oil  on medium heat and fry them till they are golden brown. Drain on paper towels, cool and store in an airtight container. It will stay fresh for 2-3 weeks!

Try this at home. I am sure the kids will love it!