Monday, January 13, 2014

Ulunthu Vadai (Split Black Lentil Vadai)


Another year and another Pongal harvest festival tomorrow. Certainly first thing in the morning, I am going to make the sakkarai pongal/sweet rice - significantly important to be thankful and grateful for the rice I have everyday. Then off to in-laws house for the lavish vegetarian banana leaf lunch. These dishes were what we had last year. I can expect the same spread of vegetarian dishes with payasam and vadai tomorrow. Perhaps even better. 


As you know, I hardly make snacks and desserts. Basically no takers at home and not worth all the trouble for the two of us. So this recipe is not mine neither did I made the vadai. Its my aunt's. Conveniently I took pictures and wrote down the recipe.
Ingredients
1 cup ulunthu/split black lentils - soaked overnight and grind/blend to a smooth consistency with water.
(Note: add water bit by bit because the mixture must come together to shape up) 
1 green chilli - sliced
1 red chilli - sliced
1 tsp cumin seeds - crushed
1 tsp black pepper seeds -crushed
5 shallots - sliced/chopped
2-3 sprigs curry leaves - sliced/chopped
1-2 sprigs spring onion - sliced/chopped
1-2 sprigs coriander leaves - sliced/chopped
Salt for taste
Oil for frying

Method
Mix all the ingredients together except for oil
Wet hands, take a bit of the mixture, flatten and made a hole in the centre with your finger.
Do the same until the mixture is finished. 
Deep fry and remove. 
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24 comments:

  1. Happy pongal day to you nava..
    I don't know much abt Indian food..
    Is it fried cauliflower in pic 5.

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  2. Its been months that i had a whole course meal like that.
    Super tempting Nava

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  3. Happy Pongal to you and your family Nava, lovely spread for Pongal, lucky you get everything at ur inlaws. super tempting and delicious vadai...

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  4. Happy Pongal Nava. Nice Meal and delicious looking vadas

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  5. Healthy feast for vegetarians. Looks very tempting.

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  6. At the first glance, those in the 1st pix look like prawn fritters! I was so wrong. Hahaha! I'm learning more about these Indian dishes :)

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  7. Happy pongal, so many yum yum dishes.. U lucky ur in laws made so many yummy treats .
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  8. Happy pongal to u and your family nava .WE dont do vadai on pongal day but i love vada any time .Have a great celebrations

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  9. happy pongal dear.... yummy n tempting dishes... had been away for some while, back now, keep in touch dear !

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  10. This sounds great, would love to try it.

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  11. Happy Pongal Nava! These vadas remind me of my Sunday breakfast when we lived in Bangalore. We celebrate Makar Sankranti today along the same lines but we have a lot of sweet treats instead. Hope you are having a great day!

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  12. Happy Pongal, Nava.

    My husband love to eat vadai. Maybe will attempt to make this. T

    Thanks

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  13. oh wow... love that whole set that u've displayed... the vadas look even more fantastic...

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  14. I love the look of the vadas. Glad you took these pictures and shared them. So many celebrations go by and sometimes being busy talking/serving, I simply forget the pictures. Your Pongal meal must have been delicious!

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  15. OMG great feast <3
    Happy Pongal dear :)

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  16. Such a delicious post!! Happy Pongal!! :)

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  17. Luce delicioso es una gran comida saludable,abrazos.

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  18. Wish you a happy Pongal.. Love the recipe collection.. tempting..

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  19. Happy Pongal Nava!! Vadas are favorite at my place too...

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  20. Hi Nava, all the dishes look so inviting. I love vadai with green chilli but yet to try black lentils version. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Best regards.

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  21. That is a awesome fair Navaneetham

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