This is inspired by Neeta Mehta's Baked Cabbage Squares from Vegetarian Cooking. In the recipe grated cabbage is used, I just added other vegetables in there like carrots and sometimes beetroot. you can mix in what ever vegetable you feel like. We can call these baked pakodas since they are mixed with besan / gram flour and baked till crisp. They are great to make for a potluck or when you have someone over.

3 cups grated / chopped vegetables (This time I used grated cabbage and carrots)
1.5 cups gram flour/ besan
1.5 cups water
1 tsp ginger, grated
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup coconut, grated fresh, frozen or desiccated
3 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped
1/4 tsp baking soda
1.5 tsp jeera/cumin powder
1.5 tsp red chili powder
1.5 tsp salt or to taste
1 tbsp sesame seeds


  1. Mix all the ingredients to make a thick paste, except sesame seeds.
  2. Grease a 9 inch square baking pan.
  3. Pour the batter in the greased pan evenly. It should be about 3/4 inch thick layer.
  4. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top.
  5. Bake in a 350 F pre-heated oven for 50 minutes till it turns brownish, or cook till a knife inserted comes out clean.
  6. Cool for 10 minutes.
  7. Cut into 1 inch squares.
  8. you can serve them at this stage at room temperature, or reheat it in the microwave oven and serve.
  9. For crispier squares, just before serving, place the squares in a greased baking sheet and broil for 5 to 10 minutes till crisp. Vary the time depending on how crisp you like it.
  10. Serve with chutney or Sauce

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    rekhas kitchen said...

    wow in tresting looks delicious will try this

    SMN said...

    Medhaa delicious those squares look so nice. I think by this at least i make my family to eat cabbage :)

    shyam said...

    Wow, Medhaa - talk about a coincidence! I made something like this yesterday and it came out YUMMY - I used grated potatoes, finely chopped brussels sprouts, finely chopped onions and peas :) Havent posted it on my blog yet, but I plan to :)

    Bhawana said...

    This is really a delicious and mouthwatering entry for RM. Squares looks sooo tempting. I bookmarked this.

    Alka said...

    Thts healthy pakodas....and anything topped with sesame seeds are huge TURN ON for me ;-)

    Priya said...

    Squares looks delicious...great job Medhaa..

    Curry Leaf said...

    Looks good.I love to try this.As you said,since gram flour is used,its like baked pakodas

    srikars kitchen said...

    wow.. looks del;icious... thxs for sharing dear,,...

    raaji said...

    Thats cool that we can bake pakodas...except that they come out in squares

    Arundathi said...

    that looks so interesting - definitely gonna try this. thanks!

    vivari said...

    look nice
    will make them

    Madhu said...

    This will be good for get-togethers. nice one..

    karuna said...

    this is a very unique recipe. never heard of veggie squares. very healthy too. must give this one a shot .

    Madhuram said...

    Neat idea Medha. I have to try it out definitely.

    Mansi said...

    that looks healthy and filling Madhu! kind of like "Handvo", except made with besan:) you could send this in for my vegetarian thanksgiving recipe event, as its perfect for a party:)

    Divya Vikram said...

    Looks great with veggies..

    meeso said...

    This is different and sounds easy, with no frying!

    Supriya said...

    These baked veggie squares are interesting. I make cabbage squares in the microwave, but never baked them. Will try ur way.

    swapnil said...

    hi medhaa...u have an amazing blog with very unique recipes....i tried these veggies squaries...followed the recipe religiously except for not adding the coconut.....instead i added 2-3 tbsp of sweetened coconut...after baking for almost an was not setting was still gooey from inside...finally we ate it almost as an halwa.the taste was very nice...could u plz let me know me where did i go wrong.....

    kitchen queen said...

    The baked veggie squares look so healthy and appetising. you can visit my blog view my recipes and give ur comments

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