It has been raining outside for the past week continuously. Made me nostalgic for moms cooking. Since it was tea time, I had this sudden craving for Indian tea time delicacies. What better yumminess than devouring crispy uzhunnu vadas with hot tea. Ah! Life is good. I want you to experience the same enjoyment and therefore, wait no more. Go ahead and start this journey of crispy crunchiness!
1 cup urad dal
1/4 onion diced
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp asafoetida
a pinch of baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp grated ginger ( optional )
Few pepper pods ( optional )
Oil to fry
Soak the urad dal for at least an hour. The more you soak, the easier it is to grind. Grind it with as minimal water possible till it becomes a fine paste. I used about half a cup of water.
Add the grated ginger, diced onion, chilli powder, asafoetida, baking powder, pepper pods and salt to the paste and mix well. Add more salt if required according to your taste.
Heat oil in a saucepan. Place a bowl of water nearby to wet your hands. When oil is ready ( you can test by dropping a pinch of the paste and if it sizzles and rises immediately, then oil is ready ) wet one hand from the bowl of water, scoop some paste onto the wet hand. Make a hole in the middle with your finger and slide it off your hand and into the oil. I will post some more pictures next week of the sliding off into oil process. Turn the vada when it is browned on bottom and take it out when equally browned on both sides.
Enjoy the delicious crispy uzhunnu vadas with some sambar and/ or coconut chutney!
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