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Uzhunnu Vada/Urad Dal Vada



Uzhunnu Vada/Urad Dal Vada

Uzhunnu vada or medu vada is a very common snack in south India and is a perfect accompaniment with a cup of hot piping tea.I like it as a snack but again cannot resist when it is served with idli,sambar and chutney as breakfast. Where does all the aroma come from? The  plain deep fried lentils is by itself flavorful because I make them often for  vada curry. But in uzhunnu vada the addition of pearl onions,ginger and curry leaves imparts a wonderful aroma that is irresistable.This is something I really missed when I came here to the US until I started making my home made version. Try this you will surely love it.

Ingredients

Urad Dal/Black lentil skinless- 1 cup
Rice flour- 2 tsp
Pearl Onions- 4-5
Ginger finely chopped- 1 inch thick
Curry leaves finely chopped- 1 spring
Green chilly  finely chopped- 3
Whole black pepper- 5-6
salt to taste
Oil- 2 cup to fry


Wash and soak urad dal for about 4-5 hours.
Drain and using a food processor or mixer  make this into a smooth thick batter. Do not add more than two to three tbs of water. It should be a thick to form shape.
 Add  chopped ginger, green chilly, curry leaves and whole black pepper. Mix in salt and get all this well combined with the urad dal batter. Keep this aside for about 10 minutes
Heat oil in a pan. Just before frying add the chopped shallots and two tsp of rice powder. (A little rice flour will make it crispy but too much will effect the softness of the vada)
Drop a small portion of the batter to check the oil. If it sizzles then the oil is ready to fry.
Take a small bowl of water and wet your hands first. Take a lemon sized portion of the batter mixture and shaped into a  ball and then press a finger in through the middle to  make a depression in the center. Drop into hot oil and fry in medium flame till both sides turns golden brown. You can fry three to four vadas in each batch. Serve with coconut chutney.


Try this...
Hope you will all enjoy..


Comments

  1. wow chechi can i have them all :) superb presentation and looks so attractive :) its snowing here and would love to have these for company

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  2. Vada has come out very well.. The perfect shape.. I still cant get the shape right. But this is my hubby's favorite.. Hope to get it soon.. :)
    Nice clicks too..

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  3. Love these vadas anytime. Yummy and crisp.

    today's recipe:
    http://sanolisrecipies.blogspot.in/2013/01/sojne-phuler-torkari-drumstick-blossoms.html

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  4. They are looking so perfectly done and lovely color:)

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  5. Adipoli vada suja, can you send me some for this evening.

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  6. Wow perfect treat for this weather n perfectly done, love the presentation too...

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  7. its perfect weather here for these beauties :)

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  8. Crispy tempting vada suja..Done it perfectly

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  9. Gorgeous and perfect looking!

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  10. wow,they look so very tempting & authentic..parcel me some,a perfect weather to munch...my husband's favorite snack!!!

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  11. so inviting clicks..looks very yummy

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  12. Your vadais made me mouthwatery! How delicious with chutney...too good!

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  13. yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy....enikkippol venam

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  14. such a delicious breakfast item!!! looking super perfect!!
    Sowmya
    Ongoing Event - Breakfast
    Ongoing Event - Tried and Tasted - Raks Kitchen

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  15. wow, perfect shape.. love it :)

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  16. feel like picking one straight from your awesome pics... love the chutneys

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  17. Perfect vadas and beautiful clicks..

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  18. OMG.....I love them soooooo much...but I always end up with runny batter and mix rava and make idli......jus love the perfect vada...well made....

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  19. Tempting vadas...very nicely made...love it

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  20. Cant take my eyes from ur beautiful vadas, love to enjoy with spicy coconut chutney.

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  21. Perfect and crisp uzhunnu vada. Just the way I like it.

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  22. Vada looks delicious.. These vadas are tempting me.. Loved the clicks with chutneys..

    Spill the Spices

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  23. Perfect shaped vadais. Wish I had the whole bowl

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  24. yummmmmy and very tempting..nice cliks

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  25. Lovely pics .I am drooling here

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  26. hi suja. how are you. your vada looks so soft and very flavorful- very nice pic too.

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  27. Super tempting vadas..my all time fav but mine never comes perfect..urs look perfect in shape n texture..yummmmmm

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  28. wow it looks gorgeous.. well made..

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  29. Perfect ..Nicely puffed up .Nalla ugran presentation my aesthetic friend Suja..And,enikku athu muzhuvan eduthukondu odaan thonnunnu.

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  30. Love the delicacies of south indian recipe,nice colour.
    www.soundaryasbeautyworld.com

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  31. super...super..super...no words other than this dear. Vadai Looks perfect!

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