Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Crispy Vadas

Other names - Ulundu Vadai / Urad dhal Vadai

Prep Time: 20 min
Soaking Time for dhal: 1 hr

Soaking Time for rice: 15 min

Draining Time for dhal: 20 min

Grinding Time for dhal: 45 min

Cooking Time: 30 min

Yields: approx 15 to 20

  1. Whole urad dhal - 1 cup
  2. Raw rice - 4 tbsp
  3. Green chillies (finely chopped) - 3 to 5
  4. Ginger (grated) - 2 tbsp
  5. Salt - to taste
  6. Drained dhal water / Ordinary water - 1/4 to 1/2 cup
  1. Wash whole urad dhal just once in water; soak for an hour; drain using a colander; set aside for about 20 min until no traces of water.
  2. Reserve the drained dhal water; set aside.
  3. Wash rice well in water, drain & soak for 15 min; drain again until no traces of water; grind smoothly in a mixie without adding water; keep aside.
  4. Grind the soaked & drained dhal along with green chillies, ginger and salt in a wet grinder adding adding a tablespoon of the reserved water every now and then.
  5. The whole grinding process requires about quarter to half cup water & it takes about 40 to 45 min for the batter to be ready.
  6. The batter should be thick, soft, smooth and fluffy.
  7. Transfer the batter to a vessel and add the rice powder just before making the vadas.
  8. Wet your palms, take a small portion of the above batter, make a hole in the center using your thumb, drop gently in to the oil and deep fry until golden brown; this process do requires some practice.
  9. Else you can shape the vadas either on a banana leaf, zip lock bags or polythene sheet.
  10. Serve vadas with sambar and coconut chutney.
  • Can also use ordinary water for the grinding purpose.
  • Can add chopped onions, green chillies and curry leaves instead of ginger.
  • Strictly follow instructions to grind batter so as to obtain soft, crispy vadas.
  • Use enough oil to deep fry one to two vadas at a time; do not overcrowd.
  • To test the right temperature of the oil, drop a pinch of batter into the oil; if it rises immediately without change in color then its ready.

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