Spicy Lentil Fritter (vada)


Very popular tea time snack in southern region of India . It is healthy and delicious as its made with lentils and spices.

Difficulty- Easy

Preparation Time- 10 min

Cooking Time- 15- 20 min

Serves-4-6

Ingredients

Channa Dal – 3/4 cup

Urid Dal – 1/4 cup

Oil – To deep fry

Onion – 1 medium

Ginger – 2 inch

Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp

Curry Leaves – 1 spring

Turmeric Powder – pinch

Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp

Coriander Chopped – 2 tsp

Green Chillies Chopped – 3 no

Salt as required

Method :

Rinse lentils couple of times and soak lentils in hot water for 3 to 4 hours .

Drain lentils well . Grind to a coarse mixture without adding water.

only add little water if its too hard to grind.

To the mixture add chopped onions,ginger,red chilli powder, turmeric,chopped curry leaves ,coriander,green chillies,salt, cumin seeds. Mix well and let it rest for 30 min . Now beat the mixture by hand to fluff it up a little bit.

Heat oil in pan on medium heat . Take a small portion of the mixture flatten a bit and drop it in oil and cook till its nice slightly dark golden colour .

Drain off excess oil on kitchen towel .

Serve with peas chutney or mint chutney

Tip: cook on a medium heat as high heat may lead vada to be uncooked in centre

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