August 5, 2011

Ulundu Vadai (Urad Dal Vada)

Medu Vadai or Ulundu Vadai is a deep fried snack prepared using, offcourse Urad Dal. Pongal-Vadai and Idli-Vadai are served for breakfast in South India. My dad and my FIL both go ga-ga over Ulundu vadai. I keep tabs on them though!!!!
Urad Dal - 1 cup
Raw Rice - 4 tbsp
Green Chilies - 5
Asafoetida - 1/4 tbsp
Curry Leaves - a little
Ginger - 1/2 inch
Onion - 1 medium sized (optional)
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

Grind urad dal, raw rice, green chilies, asafoetida together. Add salt and mix well.
Make flat round shapes with a hole in between and deep fry in oil. Serve hot with chutneys.
We can also soak the vadas in sambar/ spicy rasam and have it as an evening snack.

Donot soak Urad Dal for more than half an hour.
Grind by adding less water. Sprinkle water whenever needed.
Add salt only before frying. Else the batter will become very loose.
Dip hands in water before shaping and dropping the vadas in oil. Use a banana leaf of plastic bag if its uncomfortable to shape.

Bon Appetit!!