Monday, January 13, 2014

Ulunthu Vadai (Split Black Lentil Vadai)

Another year and another Pongal harvest festival knocking our doors tomorrow. Certainly first thing first in the morning, I am going to make the sakkarai pongal/sweet rice - significantly important for being thankful and grateful for the rice I must have daily (Pulao Rice Vegetarian). Then off to in-laws house for a 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. 

Mint Chutney or Tomato Chutney or Coriander Chutney 
As you know, I hardly make snacks (Fried Mushroom Rolls & Cheesy Bread Rolls) and desserts (KesariRose Sago Gula Melaka & Fried Pineapple Rolls). Basically there no takers at home and not worth all the trouble for the two of us. So this vadai recipe is not mine. Its my aunt's. Conveniently I took the pictures and noted down down the recipe(Dhal Rice & Pachai Payaru Kulumbu).
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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  1. Happy pongal day to you nava..
    I don't know much abt Indian food..
    Is it fried cauliflower in pic 5.

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

  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...

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

  5. Healthy feast for vegetarians. Looks very tempting.

  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 :)

  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

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

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

  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!

  12. Happy Pongal, Nava.

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


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

  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!

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

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

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

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

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

  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.

  21. That is a awesome fair Navaneetham


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