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Saturday, April 7, 2018

A - Z Indian Street Foods ~ F For Fulwadi

I pinned my hopes on the early spring weather that I would get at least a day or two suitable to enjoy a cold dessert so that I would have my “F’ post covered. I waited and waited until the last moment only to be left disappointed. The weather in my neck of the woods played a spoilsport and instead I ended up with 2 snowfalls this past week and temperature falling down to 20’s (F). And it was ‘grab a cup of tea with a warm snack’ kind of weather rather than the ‘sit and enjoy falooda’ kind.
And so, this fulavdi happened. Fulvadi is a fried snack from the Gujarat region that also happens to be a popular street food. It is made with coarse chickpea flour to get the right crunchiness for this snack. It is medium spicy in terms of heat and flavor filled one. This can be stored longer and so can be carried as travel food as well. (I accidentally  fried them longer to a darker shade but there is no need to get the color of my fulvadi. Frying can be stopped before reaching that point.)

Recipe Source: Tarla Dalal
3/4 cup coarse chickpea flour / besan
1/2 tsp. coarsely crushed corander seeds
1/2 tsp. coarsely crushed fennel seeds / saunf
1/2 tsp. carom seeds / ajwain seeds
1 tsp. white sesame seeds
1/8 tsp. turmeric powder
1/2 tsp. red chili powder
Salt to taste
1 tbsp. yogurt
1 tbsp. hot oil
Oil to fry
* Combine everything except the oil used to fry in a bowl and mix. Add a tsp. or more water if needed to form a firm dough. The dough tends to be sticky and grease your palms if needed.

* Let the dough rest for about 15 minutes. 
* Heat the oil on medium flame in a frying pan until it is hot but don’t allow it to smoke. 
* Meanwhile, grease your palms well and divide the dough into about 25 portions. Roll each portion into a one inch log. Keep greasing your palms whenever needed while shaping the logs.
* Gently slide the dough logs from the side of the frying pan. 

* Reduce the flame to low setting and fry them until golden brown, flipping a few times in between.
* Remove them with a slotted spoon and drain on absorbent towels. 
* Store them in an airtight container when they once cool down. 

So far, on this series,
A for Aloo Kabli
B for Bajra Vada
C for Chooda Matar
D for Dahi Batata Puri
E for Elaichi - Kesar Lassi

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 87


Kalyani said...

That’s an interesting snack suma ! I bet it went great with the chilly weather there

Sharmila kingsly said...

Fulwadi looks beautiful and thanks for taking us through the beautiful street foods of Gujarat!!

vaishali sabnani said...

Wow that is a amazing find for the letter F. and the fulwadis have come out so so well. Yes these fulwadis and chai are a perfect combination to serve..though sorry for your disappointment- you could'nt post a dessert.

Pavani said...

I bought moving fo little south would give us shorter winter, but it’s been cold even here in NC and I cannot wait for spring to finally be here.
Those fulwadi look so crispy and addictive. Perfect tea time snack.

Harini R said...

The weather can play a spoilsport in the region where I live as well. It is so frustrating that when the kids get a spring break, it would still be freezing weather. But that ensures we enjoy these goodies even better with a cup of tea! Sounds very flavorful with the spices in there.

Priya Suresh said...

Fulwadi rocks, am bookmarking and will definitely prepare this incredible street food very soon. Ultimate pick and beautifully executed.

Srivalli said...

Oh I will anytime for these Fulwadi than Falooda Suma, this is my kind of snack, looks so crisp and inviting!

Gayathri Kumar said...

So bad you couldn't do Falooda, but still you have made an amazing snack. Perfect crunchy munchy snack to have with a cup of hot coffee. They look so beautiful..

Sandhiya said...

Fulwadi looks so crunchy and delicious. It must be delicious with some hot tea on those cool evenings. I'm learning lot of new recipes through this Mega BM.

Srividhya said...

I would prefer this fulwadi than falooda.. I love falooda but the savory snack lover in me would always pick this. Bookmarked it suma. Great pick for F.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

What a great snack idea. This would be great with a garama garam cup of chai. Bookmarking it Suma to try soon.

Padmajha said...

The snack looks so inviting! Would love to have this with a cup of coffee!

cookingwithsapana said...

We in Punjabi call the puffed crisps fulwadi so when I read the name I thought that it was same. Nice to know about the Gujarati version of Chickpea fulwadi.

Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen said...

fulvadi looks tempting suma, would love to gobble a few with some hot chai! love the flavors gone into the making, perfect snack for the weather you have described!!

Mayuri Patel said...

I look at it this way that if the weather was fine and you didn't need a hot cup of tea and a comforting snack to go with it then you'd probably wouldn't have shared my favorite snack recipe. So I'm glad that the weather made you choose fulwadi...though not happy that you've had to go through cold weather for so long. I love fulwadi but have never tried making it at home. Your recipe is bookmarked.

preeti garg said...

This snack looks so tasty crunchy and crisp.. perfect with tea.