Saturday, 29 September 2012

Onion Vada Sambhar

A south Indian specialty which is quite famous all over the world for its taste!! Vada sambhar is a fulfilling breakfast which is easy to make. One can also have it for light Lunch or dinner. 
Onion vada sambhar
Vadas are fried lentil doughnuts which are served along  with or dipped in Sambhar!!
Many Vada varieties are prepared but The most common is Presented here!! So enjoy...

For vadas
This preparation makes about 10 Onion vadas:

1 cup split black gram daal(Dhuli urad)
1 green chili finely cut
4-5 curry leaves(curry patta)chopped nicely
1 large onion finely cut
1/4 teaspoon asafeotida (hing)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2-3 crushed black pepper corns (kaali mirch)
salt according to taste
oil for deep frying
A flat base small bowl for shaping the vadas
Little water 


Wash daal and soak it for about 2 hours in water. 
Drain water and grind it into a thick paste using very little water if required. We do not want a smooth paste.
Add all the above mentioned ingredients to this paste and mix well. Mix well for 2-3 minutes till the lentil paste becomes fluffy.
Heat oil in a kadahi(wok) on medium flame.
Apply little water on the base of the bowl, put a tablespoon of the paste on it. Using index figure, make a hole in the center of the vada.
Immediately slip the vadas carefully and gently into the heated oil.(will take few seconds for this procedure).
Fry it till it turns Golden brown from both sides. Repeat the process of making vadas ,till the others are getting fried in the kadahi.
Remove on an absorbent paper to remove oil. 

Onion vadas are ready !!

Serve them hot with  Sambhar and Coconut chutney

Optional notes:
Do not over soak the daal , otherwise the vadas prepared will absorb much oil.
The daal can be grinded and stored in fridge for later use, in doing so do not add the other mentioned ingredients.
If all the ingredients are added to the paste , immediately make vadas of them, do not keep the paste for a longer time . 


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