Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Medhu Vadai/Urad Vada

Ingredients:

Urad dal (without skin)                            2 cups
Green chillies                                           6 nos.
Ginger                                                     1”piece
Curry leaves                                            10-12
Asafoetida                                               ¼ tsp.
(optional)
Salt                                                         2 tsps.

Procedure:

1.Wash and soak the dal in fresh water for about 1 hour.
2.Drain and grind to a smooth and spongy batter. Add salt, asafoetida and mix
well.
3.Wash and mince the green chili, ginger and curry leaves and mix into the
batter.
4.Heat oil in a kadai. Wet the palm, take some batter and flatten to a round
shape, make a hole in the center with your thumb and slowly slide into the hot oil.
This batter should yield 25-30 medium sized vadas.
5.Deep fry on both the sides till crisp and light golden brown.
6.Drain well on an absorbent towel and serve hot with sambar and/or chutney.

TIPS: If you find it difficult to make the shape, you can use a piece of plantain leaf
to make the shape and then slowly invert it into the hot oil.
Substitute red chili for the green chili for a different taste. Add one onion while
grinding the dal to get very crisp and tasty vadas.


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