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.
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
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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