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Monday, January 29, 2007

Moongdal - Ginger Vada

I used to have an elderly Gujarathi lady as a neighbor few years ago. Once when I visited her house, she made these dal vadas and served them with mint chutney. She had soaked moongdal earlier and so, she prepared them in a jiffy. Until then, I knew nothing about moongdal vadas. They tasted so delicious. Ofcourse, I tried them later and have been making them eversince. From yesterday, we are experiencing snowfalls on and off and we have snow predictions for a couple of days more. I prepared moongdal vadas today to beat the gloomy weather outside.

Moong dal (Yellow) - 1 cup
Ginger - Thumb size
Green chillies - 2 - 3
Oil to fry

Soak moongdal in water for a couple of hours. Then grind smoothly with ginger, salt and chillies adding as little water as possible. (Otherwise your vadas would be shaped like those in the picture. If it is watery, add a little besan or riceflour to make it thicker)
Heat oil in a wok. When the oil is hot enough, drop small balls of batter into it. Fry them on a low heat till they turn golden brown. Remove them and repeat the process with the remaining batter.
Serve them hot with chutney.

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Seema said...

Wow Suma,
I have never hear of moong dal vada's either. But i remember seeing it in one of the blogs a couple of months ago. Gottu try it out.

Suma Gandlur said...

They do taste good and very simple to make.Give them a try and let me know how they turn out.