Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Urad Dal Vada

Long before starting this blog, I used to work for an Indian fashion and lifestyle magazine. While working there, I had the pleasure of editing a fabulous cookbook. The author is a wonderfully talented lady, who enjoys every aspect of cooking and entertaining. This recipe is an adaptation of her traditional dish called Gaarelu.
Urad dal – ½ cup
Chana dal – ⅛ cup
Baking soda – ⅛ tsp
Finely chopped onion – ¼ cup
Finely chopped green chilli
Finely chopped curry leaves
Whole pepper corns – 5-6
Salt to taste
Wash and soak the dals for at least 8 hours (don’t forget to plan ahead). Take ¾ of the soaked dals, add salt and baking soda and blend to make a smooth, sticky paste. Add the remaining soaked dals and pulse a couple of times. The final batter should be smooth with a few whole pieces of dal (this gives the vada a nice texture). Add the chopped onions, green chilli, curry leaves and pepper. Mix well.
Heat oil in a deep wok until a small piece of batter dropped in rises up immediately. Shape the vadas and fry until golden brown.

Watch the video to see how to shape the vadas. Remember to grease the foil/plastic wrap and wet your hands in between the process. Else the vada will stick to the foil/wrap and in your hands.
Enjoy these crunchy vadas with coconut chutney.Bon App├ętit.

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  1. I love piping hot vadas with coconut chutney for breakfast or as an evening snack.

  2. Crispy & tasty vadas!! First time on your lovely blog & i'm so happy to follow you :)

  3. Thank you Sadaf and Teena. Vadas can be eaten any time, according to me.

  4. Yummy yum vadas,loved it!
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  5. Awesome Recipe Dear..Bookmarking it to try soon..


  6. One question for you, do you grease the foil or apply water to the foil , the wada I made few yrs back stuck to the foil and I simply gave up making that way again. But my younger one love the wada this way, and is asking me to make some.
    Love Ash.

  7. Thanks Aarthi!

    Good question Ash. I have answered your questions in the blog. Thanks for bringing it up.

  8. delicious vadas, i can't resist these yummy vadas, never added chana dal..nice video

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  9. Thanks Sobha. This is the first time I am adding channa dal too :-)

  10. Crispy & tasty vadas..

    My first visit to your lovely space..happy to follow you :)

  11. Thanks Bindu. Just visited your space too..very nice . Keep visiting.