Saturday, August 9, 2008

Vada snack

The word vada might seem confusing to some, but this is a simple snack that can be done in about 10 minutes once the urad dal or the white lentil is soaked for a minimum of 2 hours. Did i tell you this is a Indian dish, especially made in south India.
This dish can be served with a chutney which is made of coconut(the base), small onion, green chilli, ginger and saute of mustard seeds, curry leaves, dried red chilli (broken), urud dal.
The process of making this simple but tasty snack is by soaking the white lentil for about 2 hours.
Transfer the lentil to a blender with 3 small onions, 1/2 ea ginger, and blend it to a smooth paste by adding minimal amount of water.
Once the lentils have formed a fine paste, add in 2 green chilli finely chopped, and salt to taste, mix thoroughly.
Let rest for about 20 minutes.
In a cast iron pan heat about 2/3 oil or just enough to cover the mixture.
Shape vada with hand into rounds and leave a hole in the centre for even cooking.
When it turns golden brown remove from oil and pat dry of excess oil.
It is now ready to be served with the chutney(needs to prepared before making vada).
The process of making chutney is by grating fresh cocounut (can be done with dry coconut also by adding hot water), to this add onion, ginger and blend fine with minimal water.
In a saute pan add oil and once it is hot, add mustard seeds and let it crackle, add curry leaves, broken red chillis and urud dal let it cook for little while under low heat, (do not let the curry leaves to change colour). Add the blended coconut mixture to the pan and finish with salt to taste.
This would be a dish that you will always enjoy.

1 comment:

Rashmi said...

wow ! nice crispy vadas...
great snack...

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