Sunday, September 26, 2010

Uzhunnu Vada (Serves 5)

Uzhunnu vada

For us South Indians, different Vadas are part and parcel of our daily life. They graze our daily lives right from the mom’s kitchen, through street stalls to railway stations. We cannot imagine a train journey in the south without imbibing the smell of these delicious snacks. Uzhunnu Vada is a leader among the pack and is a delicious accompaniment to the traditional South Indian breakfasts. They are also an anytime snack and with sambar and coconut chutney….they are just donut shaped pieces of heaven…..

Uzhunnu/Bengal gram/urad dal 1 cup, soaked for ~ 6 hours
Whole black pepper 2 tsp, crushed
Shallots 2 nos, chopped
Curry leaves 2 sprigs, chopped
Asafetida a pinch
Salt as needed
Oil for frying

Preparation

Wash and soak the uzhunnu/Bengal gram/urad dal for at least 6 hours. After soaking grind it to a coarse paste with little water at a time, if needed. Transfer the batter(thick consistency) to a bowl and using your fingers beat the batter(in zig zag motion) for around 5 -10 minutes until it turns all white. Doing this helps in keeping the vadas crispier for longer time. Now add crushed pepper, shallots, curry leaves asafetida and salt to the batter. Mix well.

Heat oil in a frying pan. Keep aside a bowl of water. When the oil is hot enough, dip your palm in water, take a scoop of batter in your palm and shape into ball, flatten little bit and then make a hole in the middle, like in a doughnut. (Apply water onto your palms occasionally so that the batter will not be sticky). Slowly drop the vada into oil. Fry both sides until golden brown.

Uzhunnu vada

Vadas pair so well with thick coconut chutney/Katta chammanthi and here is how I prepare the same..

Grated coconut ½ cup
Shallots 1 small, roughly chopped
Dhania/roasted chana dal 2 tsp
Green chilly 2 nos, roughly chopped
Salt as needed

Preparation

Add everything onto a blender jar with little water (around 1-2 TBSP), Grind to a smooth paste.

Thick coconut chutney/Katta chammanthi

37 comments :

  1. perfect uzhunnu vadas!! .....beating the batter is a nice info....

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  2. our fav dear....we just love this with coconut chutneys and lentil powder chutney...yummmmmmm..looks mindblowing

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  3. Yum,yum vada...lovely presentation...

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  4. ayyo its raining here and wrong time 2 look at such an awesome tea time dish...lovely

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  5. kidilam uzhunu vada.. love the clicks with kattan... sherikum train journeys cannot be imagined w/o uzhunu vada

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  6. oh exactly it reminds of train journey, rainy days, and street food...lovely pic and white chutney drags me ...am curious what is the juice is the glass? is it jeera water? vibrant color! :)

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  7. wow..m drooling here...we have that weather today and feel like grabbing some..! excellant pics..

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  8. chaye kudikan samyamayee evidee..eeuzhunnu vada koodi undengil..haaaaaaa.:)looks adipolittoo.

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  9. I have never seen such perfect shaped vadas b4 .... U sisters rock !! Luv the clicks :)

    Cheers n Happy Cooking,
    Satrupa

    http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

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  10. perfect vadas for a rainy day : ) I love them n MIL is an expert n love to have them from her hands, your clicks r very tempting..yummy

    Satya
    http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

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  11. @Ananda..That is black tea actually..:-P

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  12. delicious recipe.....photos are also nice......

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  13. adipoli vada tto Suji... Looks delicious..

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  14. Crispy n soft vadas out there....nice clicks too!

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  15. Delicious vada...

    Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

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  16. We normally dont add onions... all in my house love this wada... nd I love it when dipped in tempered CUrds....:

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  17. Crispy vadas tempts me a lot, lovely clicks..

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  18. Kattan chayayum uzhunnu vadayum.ammee..adipoli alle.kidu pics :)

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  19. Kidilan pic thanne..kothipichu entamme

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  20. Tempting vadas..came out perfect in shape n texture...Enikkorikkalum ee shapil kittarilla..really yummmmmmmmm

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  21. innu ente post sathyam paranjal uzhunnu vada ayirunnu..but innale ithu Fb yil kandappo njan orthu innu idenda ennu :)...
    adipoli clicks..looks so perfect and yummy!!!

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  22. Love it...Pics looks awesome....:)

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  23. Wow adipoli vada,superb clicks..so tempting and yummy

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  24. Aaha, yummy uzhunnuvadas..Looks perfect!!I really miss them here..Cooking thudangiya edakku onnu experiment cheythatha pakshe annithu kulamayi..Athil pinne try cheythitte ella :( Eni onnude try cheyyanam..

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  25. adipoli vada...my hubby is partial to this one while I love parippu vada more :-)

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  26. Vada looks so crisp and yummm

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  27. beautifully made ....yessss, uzhunnuvada is the leader among the pack :) here we add ginger & green chillies also .

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  28. Crispy crispy vadas...yummmmmmmmmm

    Lavanya

    www.lavsblog.com

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  29. Kandittu kothi aakunnu. ithu njan try cheyyum urappu

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  30. this is soo beautifully done..
    its ages i made too..

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  31. Looks delicious...feel like having some now...Looks perfect.

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  32. ulunthu vada is my favorite... perfect snaps.. here we'll add a little rice flour or add a little amount of cooked white rice(this works) while grinding to make more crispy....

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