Ugadhi (Telugu New Year) is right around the corner (March 31, 2014) and I wanted to post some quick and easy dishes to make for the festival. If you are like me who forget to soak urad dal but still dream of making idlis/ dosas or vadas, then this post is right for you!! These vadas use urad dal flour instead of whole urad and they can be made in about 2~3hours which includes a brief resting period.
Onion - 3tbsp, finely chopped**
Curry leaves - 6~8, finely chopped
Baking Soda - 1 pinch
Green chilies - 1~2, optional
Salt - to taste
- In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, onion, curry leaves, green chilies (if using) and salt. Add about ½~¾ cup of water to make a very thick paste like batter. Add water very slowly, so that you won't end up with watery batter.
- Cover the bowl and set aside for 2~3 hours.
- Just before making the vadas, add the baking soda and mix well.
- Heat oil for deep frying. Take lemon size ball of the batter and place it on a damp plastic ziploc bag or your palm. Flatten it slightly and poke a hole right in the middle (as in a donut or bagel). Gently slide the vada into the hot oil and fry on medium flame until golden. Flip carefully and fry on the second size until golden. Fry 3~4 vadas at a time depending on the size of your pan. Repeat with rest of the batter.
- Remove using a slotted spoon onto a paper towel lined plate and serve hot with chutney.
Linking this to Valli's 'Cooking from Cookbook Challenge: March -- Week 5'.
And also to Fabulous Feat Friday# 8 being hosted by Saras & Priya Srinivasan.