Sunday, January 30, 2011
Medu vada - South Indian snack recipe
The winter and crispy hot deep fried snacks sure have a beautiful relation that has only got better with time. A cold winter evening is best celebrated with a hot and crispy serving of onion pakodas, samosas, aloo bondas and the South Indian delicacy the medu vada. The medu vada or the medhu vadai is what I have for you here. A pick from the South Indian cuisine the medu vada is a nutritious(you can forget the deep frying for now as the taste makes up for the guilt) savoury deep fried snack that is made with the urad dal or lentils. A savoury doughnut is I guess the best way I can describe it for those who are new to the crispy mouthwatering snack that is served with a generous helping of chutneys(mostly coconut based) and the sambar ( a curry with a tangy flavour that beautifully combines lentils and vegetables). Here is the recipe:
Urad dal - 1 cup
Green chillies - 1 (chopped into small pieces)
Onions - 2 tbsp (chopped fine)
Pepper corns - 3 to 4 or 1/4 tsp freshly powdered black pepper
Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
1- Soak urad dal in water for 5-6 hrs. For those looking to speed up the process, you can soak it in hot water for an hour instead.
2- Wash and clean the dal and grind to a smooth paste in the mixer(with approx 1/4 cup water). Make sure that you use very little water or else you would not be able to shape your vadas perfectly. The right consistency of the batter is extremely important to get the shape right and also for the texture of your medu vadai.
3- Take out from the mixer, add in the chopped onions, green chillies and salt and mix well. Make sure to mix rapidly and continuously for about 5 minutes. This is to make sure that the batter has enough air trapped in it to give you vadas that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. This is especially important for those grinding in the mixer.
4- Apply some water on your palms. Take a small quantity of the batter and make a ball with it. Now with your thumb flatten it lightly and make a hole in the centre. Fry in hot oil till golden brown. Serve hot with chutney and sambar.
This goes out to Radhika's deep fried snacks event. Congrats Radhika on your first event. I am eagerly looking forward to the round up.