Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Dal Vada/Masala Vada (Chana dal)

Dal vada, coconut chutney and filter coffee. Need I say more!! Super Easy, Super Quick! Give it a try.
I usually don't deep fry. Pan frying in 2 tablespoon of oil is good too!!

You need:

Chana dal (split black gram)– 1 Cup (soak in hot water for 30- 40 min)
Onion – half medium size (very fine chopped)
Ginger – 1 inch (fine chopped)

Green chili – 2 nos (fine chopped)
Curry leaves – 7-8 nos. (chopped)
Coconut – 1 Tbsp (grated)
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Red chili powder – ½ tsp (adjust to taste)
  1. Take half portion each of chana dal (decant all water), ginger, curry leaves in a blender. Add all the grated coconut, cumin seeds and blend to a fine paste. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Now coarsely grind the remaining chana dal. (only pulse so that most chana dals should be quartered or halved). Add this to the bowl too.
  3. Now add remaining chopped ginger and curry leaves. Add all the onions, green chilis, red chili powder and salt to taste. Mix really well.
  4. Roll a small portion into a ball and press between your palms to form a patty/ disc, 1 cm thick. If you feel this will break while frying, add 1 tbsp gram flour/ corn flour/ rice flour (though it should mostly hold without adding any of these ).
  5. On medium high pan fry using 1-2 tbsp of oil.
Serve with coconut chutney or ketchup.  

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