A Festive Tea party

September 15, 2010 at 10:42 am 11 comments

Last One month we having been celebrating one festival or the other and the festivities still continue with the Ganesh festival. I am not a typical ‘rituals person’ but enjoy the festive food that is prepared during the festivals. We have been indulging in all kinds of traditional feasts and still continuing with it maybe for another month! As my grandmother would say ‘you do not think of the calories during these feasts’. Homemade fresh sweets and savories (majority made with homemade ghee (brown butter) are stored in steel containers luring you with their delectable aromas each time you pass by! I have decided to give up concern for my growing waistline till the festivities last and indulge in the feasts without any guilt! 🙂

Last week we celebrated the festive season with some family friends over to our house for high tea. Usually this is referred to here in the local language as Faraal (snacks) instead of tea party. A variety of Indian savories and sweets are served along with tea or coffee. Given our guests’ festive diet restrictions we decided to have dishes without onion and garlic, which was really difficult for an onion-garlic addict like me.

Apart from some fried crispies we had Tamarind Poha and Sweet Corn Appe (recipe below) as the main snacks along with some Mint-lemon Tea for the tea party. I do not have the photos of the actual party since I was very busy making and serving hot Corn Appe , so these are all ‘after’ photos with whatever leftovers I had.

As I mentioned in my earlier post, I had some 2 kgs of corn to be used up, I made a no onion- sweet corn version of Appe. Appe are small round savoury steamed cakes usually made with the Idli batter and spices to enhance the flavor. An Appe mould or tava as it is called (Aebleskiver pan) is a must for making these delightful little balls of goodness.

The Sweet corn added a lovely crunch to the spicy appe and I did not miss the onions at all. Infact, everyone asked me for the recipe. A simple sweet corn twist in the recipe changed the taste of the humble appe!

I served mint-lemon tea along with the snacks. This was a welcome change from the traditional double boiled, tannin loaded dark brown tea that is normally served with Faraal.

My small high tea party is going to be a part of the Big Tea Party at A Mad Tea Party hosted by the wonderful Anita. I love her yearly parties and thanks Anita once again for a lovely theme!


Here’s the recipe for the Sweet Corn Appe:

For about 10 Appe


1 cup Idli batter (I used readymade)

½ cup Sweet corn kernels

3-4 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves

2-3 tsp green chilli paste (adjust to your taste)

Salt to taste

1 tsp mustard seeds

2 tsp oil for the tadka(tempering)

more Oil for shallow frying the Appe.


Mix together the idli batter, sweetcorn, coriander leaves, chilli paste and salt.

In a small pan heat 2 tsp oil and add the mustard seeds and heat till they crackle.

Add the mustard seeds+oil to the above batter.


Heat the Appe pan/tava.

Drop spoonfuls of the batter into each round mould in the pan.

Drizzle little oil from the sides of the batter.

Cover and cook for 5-6 minutes on low heat or till the lower part of the Appe turns golden.

Turn each Appe with a wooden skewer (if using non stick pan) and cook on the other side for another 5 minutes.

Insert the skewer and test the Appe for doneness. (The batter should not stick to the skewer).

Serve hot with chutney or sauce.


I used readymade Idli batter since I had to make ~ 50 Appe’s.

My mom makes a version of Appe with a mixture of daals and rice for the batter. So you can also add a mixture of Daals instead of just Urad daal to the batter.

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Entry filed under: Chutneys, coriander leaves, Corn, For the little wonders, green chilli, Health and Nutrition, Monsoon Magic, mustard seed, Party Time, Quick eats, salt, Side dishes, sweet corn.

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal  |  September 15, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    hey, those appes are of course great, but I am loving your tea set and table mats more. Did you design the table mats yourself based on tea set or did you get them all as a set?

    • 2. My foodcourt  |  September 16, 2010 at 8:43 am

      Thanks Priya for the wonderful comment! The tea set is assorted mix n match set 🙂 and the mats etc..are from Westside!

  • 3. Priya Yallapantula  |  September 15, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    hey, those appes are of course great, but I am loving your tea set and table mats more. Did you design the table mats yourself based on tea set or did you get them all as a set?

  • 4. Anita  |  September 29, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    The table looks so pretty! great work with the appe (chakli! yum)

    • 5. My foodcourt  |  September 30, 2010 at 10:31 am

      Thanks Anita..Thanks to you too for hosting the ‘yearly Carnival’

  • 6. Getting it Right « A Mad Tea Party  |  September 30, 2010 at 1:54 am

    […] 8. Radhika enjoyed a cup of tea with yummy egg puffs and chiwda with her husband. 9. Madhuli had a festive tea party at her place with pretty china, a gorgeously laid table loaded with goodies! 10. Sandeepa, shared her bright […]

  • 7. Deepa  |  October 15, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Hey.. I liked this receipe…. also the idea of tea party instead of the usual faral is great….. I am going to try this out for this diwali season.. do you have some healthy diwali receipes .. do share… it will be good not put on toooooooo much weight on diwali…

  • 8. Soulfull 8 years! | My Foodcourt  |  August 20, 2014 at 6:51 am

    […] kids love Appe – dosa + veggies in a cuter Avatar. The Appe pan/ Aebleskiver pan is currently my favourite […]

  • […] the school for their ‘Sharing Day’. Breakfast otherwise is provided by the school. Variety of Appe, sandwiches, pancakes have been the norm for the past months. This time the lad wanted something […]


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