Saturday, 19 October 2019

Crispy Onion, Courgette Potato and Spinach Pakoras

Crispy Onion, Courgette, Spinach And Potato Pakoras

This is the second time I am writing up this post, the first entry I used an app for and guess what it alll deleted just before I posted it, so I will try and take a deep breathe and attempt this all again in my trusty simple and basic Notes App.

A few weeks ago, I posted a picture of these mini pakora bites and my DMs blew up not only for the recipe but also for what I used to cook them in.

Well the secret behind them ...... is an appe/appam/paniyaram/Dutch pancake pan.

My mum brought mine from India, but you can just as easily order one from amazon, or try local Indian shops in Wembley and southall. 

I first saw this at my wonderful neighbours house, who made me delicious idli bites. Which I have tried to recreate along with sabudana( tapioca pearls) bites in the past. Another great recipe for this festive time of year, vegan and gluten free that you can find on my grid. 

The main reason I love this pan, is it gives the same effect of deep frying Indian food, without actually doing so. Despite how much I love the taste of fried food, I very rarely deep fry because:

  1. It’s unhealthy

  2. The smell

  3. I’m too scared of a huge pot of oil exploding on me

The pan is also great for baby led weaning recipes as the bite size pieces are perfect for little hands to hold, my kids love crunchy mashed potato bites made it in. 

So without further ado, please see below for this long awaited recipe.


1 onion finely sliced
2 spring onions finely sliced 
1 courgette finely grated
2 small potatoes finely grated 
3 cups of spinach finely chopped
Small handful of corriander finely chopped
1 green chilli finely chopped (remove if for kids)
1 inch of ginger grated
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp dry mango powder
1 tsp ajown seeds
5 tbsp Gram Flour
1 tbsp Corn Flour
3 tbsp of Oil to cook
1/2 tsp chaat masala


1.Chop, slice and grate all the ingredients and combine with spices and flour
2. The water from vegetables should be enough to mix the flours in to form a batter but if too dry add a splash of water

3. Heat a small amount of oil in each hole in the pan

4.Add a heaped teaspoon of the mixture to each hole 

5.Allow to cook for a few minutes on a medium heat before using a chopstick to flip it over and cook the underside

6.Serve with chutney/ketchup and enjoy whilst still hot and crispy, sprinkled with chaat masala.  

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Tel Aviv with Toddlers - Part 5 - Restaurants

The main places were we ate during our trip to Tel Aviv:

1.Halevantini - @halevantini. 

A delicious no fuss, traditional Israeli fast food shop. We shared a huge platter of meat, rice, chips and bread with all you can eat pickles served by the side of the till.

2.Nonno Angelo - 

When you need something a little different from the local cuisine and that you know will keep the kids happy. Really enjoyed both the pasta and pizza here and they were great with accommodating the kids too. 

Thats my girl

3. Falafel Gabay -

Another great quick street food establishment, always busy and with food to back it up. Mainly serves hot fresh Falafel but the meat options and desert was also great.

4.Olive Korner 

I loved my main, especially the dressed rocket with the lamb kofte, the kids meal however was really disappointing with a very tasteless tomato sauce on the pasta.

5. The old man by the sea

Very much a tourist trap but worth a mention, significantly more expensive than other restaurants. As soon as you sit down around 30 salads are presented to you, and if you dare to finish one it will be refilled, so a lot of food wastage. Everything here is about minimum spend per person including the children and huge upsetting on large seafood. The prawns and fish we shared were tasty but compared to the more local homely places the vibe here was just completely different. Good views but would not recommend it.

Desert Places:


Create your own frozen yoghurt, the only difference being all the toppings are included from a self serve buffet. Means self control is the name of the game to avoid overloading your frozen yoghurt. The kids loved the freedom and number of choices available.


Lots of healthy lollies, acai bowls and yoghurt options.

Check out the other posts in this Tel Aviv Travel Series:

1.Tel Aviv Travel Diary
2.Beaches of Tel Aviv
3.Toddlers in Tel Aviv
4.Brunch in Tel Aviv
5.Parks in Tel Aviv

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Tel Aviv with Toddlers Part 6 - Travel Diary

Tel Aviv Travel Diary 

How we spent 6 nights in Tel Avi with two toddlers.


Flew out of London Heathrow Terminal 5 on an evening flight. 
The kids let off some extra steam in the softplay area before we headed to the lounge.
We got to enjoy snacks and a light meal at the BA Lounge before settling in for a very comfortable flight over to Tel Aviv. They both slept for most of the flight leaving me to enjoy a movie, food and few winks.


Landed early morning and got a taxi from outside the airport to our Air BnB downtown near Gordon Beach, the taxi driver was very eager to hear all about the royal wedding.
Arrived to our apartment to leave our luggage behind before taking a walk along the beachfront to 
Salva Vida for our first Israeli Breakfast. Normally sundays are a normal working day in Israel however this particular sunday was a public holiday for Shavout. 
We then explored the local neighbourhood with a long walk before stopping yet again for more food. The kids did not eat much at breakfast so this was a perfect chance for them to enjoy some chocolate french toast and since I did not sleep much on the flight I was ready for another coffee of the day. Mr S however had a beautiful sleep on his flat bed in the sky so opted for a fresh juice instead. 
We then headed back to check out our apartment and freshen up. Both of the kids just love exploring hotel rooms and apartments.

We all had a little rest before going off to explore Spiegel Park and watching the sunset. For dinner we visited Halevantini, which was delicious especially the lamb Kofte and chicken Shwarama. Served without any fuss, letting the food and flavours do all the talking. On the way home we stopped at the local supermarket to grab bits for breakfast and I was very shocked at how expensive groceries were, for around £30 we got some bread, cheese, ham, eggs, milk and two ice creams. Luckily I travel with a lot of snacks since having kids so this helped, especially since for example the Coco Pops I brought for £1.50 here were around £6 in Tel Aviv. 


After a lazy start to the day and leisurely breakfast at home, we headed out,  to spend the day at the beach. You can hire both sun loungers and sun chairs, we opted for the chairs since we knew we would not be lounging much. The sand was soo soft and there was lots of shade for the little one to play whilst her big brother enjoyed the warm sea. For lunch we had brought a picnic with us which also kept the kids entertained whilst we got to eat.

We then headed home for showers and naps before getting ready for dinner. Most people eat quite late in Tel Aviv which was great for us as it meant the kids got to have a long afternoon nap and were quite hungry by the time we ate. For our second evening we choose to eat pizza at Nonno Angelo, followed by desert at Topya. 


We started the day at Benedicts for my birthday brunch, a 24 hour breakfast cafe that I wish comes to London. It was all so delicious, we then walked down Rothschild Boulevard, stopping very often to let the kids play. It was great to explore the White City part of Tel Aviv. Enjoying a coffee at Rothschild Coffee Kiosk. 
We then headed into Sarona Market and enjoyed an ice-cream from the Gelato Factory, the kids really made the most of all the outdoor space and play areas here. We spent a lazy afternoon enjoying drinks and nibbles at Pardiso before heading back home for more naps and showers. 

For dinner we headed to Gabi Falafel for one of my favourite meals of the trip, it was soo hot even in the evening that the little one had to dine al fresco in the nude. A final ice cream stop at Tamara for Cocunut and Chocolate Ice Lollies to cool down. 


Time for a bit of culture so we headed off to the Old Town to explore the clock tower, great views and pastries from Abouelafia Bakery. For lunch we headed to the Marina to the Old Man by the Sea to enjoy the iconic number of salads they present to you upon arrival. 
After a huge lunch we caught a taxi back to the apartment before heading out to enjoy a picnic and watch the sunset in Independence Park. We also got to witness a proposal before grabbing some baklava for desert on our way home.


Our final full day here so we decided to spend it enjoying the beach, it was a great day that actually was very relaxing. For lunch we grabbed McDonalds which was just opposite, two meals plus a kids meal came in at around £35.  For our final dinner we headed to Olive Korner and since then I just love Rocket Salads.


Our last day here and we were all very sad to be leaving, the cafe lifestyle, open spaces and pristine beaches made us feel right at home straight away. For our last brunch we headed to Lehem & Co, before grabbing a Babka and heading to the airport to catch our flight home.

For more details on our trip check out the other posts in this series:

-Beaches of Tel Aviv
-Parks and Playareas in Tel Aviv
-Brunch in Tel Aviv
-Eating out in Tel Aviv
-Toddlers in Tel Aviv