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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Crispy Uraddal - Pepper Fritters / Minapa Vadalu


Fourth week of BM#17 starts from today and I have chosen "vadas / fritters" as my theme. I am going with these crispy, urad dal fritters for my Day 1 post. These vadas are used to form the "vadamala"  - the garland of urad dal fritters, offered to Lord Hanuman on Hanuman Jayanthi festival or as an offering at temples. While the regular vadas are soft and fluffy these are on the crispier side and are spicy.
Though traditionally made for religious purposes, they are a wonderful accompaniment to evening coffee / tea.

Ingredients:
1 cup black gram / urad dal
1 - 2 tsp rice flour
Salt to taste
Coarsely crushed pepper as per taste (Usually the vadas are on the spicier side.)
Oil to fry

Method:
* Soak urad dal for about an hour. Drain and grind dal into a coarse, thick batter adding no water. Or add a couple of teaspoons of water if grinding becomes difficult.
* Meanwhile, start heating oil in a frying pan or a kadai on medium flame.
* Transfer the ground dal to a bowl. Add rice flour, crushed pepper, salt and a Tbsp of hot oil to the dal and mix well. Addition of rice flour and hot oil is to ensure that the vadas stay on crispier side.
* Take a big marble sized batter and pat the batter ball as thinly as possible on a greased plastic sheet. Poke a hole at the center with the index finger. Open your right hand and gently flip the sheet onto the fingers so that disc is transferred to your hand. Gently slide it into the hot oil for frying. Fit as many vadas as the kadai can hold. Fry them on low - medium flame until golden brown. Keep flipping in between to ensure uniform cooking. 
If vadas are made for snacking, there is no need to poke the holes in discs. The holes are meant to thread the garland.
* Repeat the steps with the remaining batter, greasing the plastic sheet each time you use it.
* Store them in an airtight container.
  

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Comments

24 comments:

Akila said...

This looks so crispy n lovely... Wan to have one now itself...

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Kalyani said...

OMG ! just last week, I was cravign for these hanuman prasad vadamala vadais, and here they are :) perfectly made Suma :) :)


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Prathibha said...

very delicious fritters...I wish I could grab a couple of them from d screen

Vardhini said...

Reminds me of the fritters my grandma used to make when we were kids. Looks yummy.

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PriyaVaasu said...

yummy!! is it the Hanumanji's Vadaimalai Vada???

Nirmala Gurunathan said...

Crispy vadas!!!!!love to eat them...

Chef Mireille said...

look so perfectly golden - must be delicious

Maayeka said...

vadas looks so crisp and perfect..never tried this way , new recipe for me:)

Srivalli said...

Awesome..the vadas have come out really well..

Priya said...

Makes me nostalgic, my grandma makes this peppered crispy vadas quite often,seriously missing it.

PJ said...

Love this super crunchy vadas .During my childhood I used to wait till it is offered to Hanumanji so that we could enjoy them.This post makes me soooo nostalgic...

Sharmilee! :) said...

Crispy vadas...my fav ones they give in temple too

vaishali sabnani said...

I like these flat wadas...n that little depression..looks cute..simple yet flavorful.

Spice up the Curry said...

amazing looking crispy fritters.

Chitra said...

I too make like this sometimes. we love it..My hubby's fav..

DivyaGCP said...

This kind of vadas are new to me. But they look very tempting..
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Srimathi said...

I look forward to this vadai in the temple. I love pepper flavor in this vadai.

Archana said...

Looks delicious.
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sushma said...

Perfect vada

The Pumpkin Farm said...

looks so tempting, would love to try for evening snacks and cup of tea

Prabha Mani said...

This 's one of my long time wish to make it...Looks crunchy.Nice pic.

Sangeetha said...

this is my fav too...every Saturday me n sister go to Anjaneyar temple in our hometown n will be eagerly waiting for this vadai to be distributed after swami poojai :) so crunchy and spicy vada...u have done it perfectly...looks too yumm!!
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Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said...

Very tempting. We also love these from the Hanuman Temple. I think the ones I have eaten are made from whole urad dal.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

We call it thattai! It looks so crispy and delicious!

Hey Suma, I didn't know you were a friend of Arogya's. She told me that you both went to college together. She is married to my cousin Ven(My mom's brother's son)! Its a small world!