Monday, January 13, 2014

Ulunthu Vadai (Split Black Lentil Vadai)

Another year, another Pongal harvest festival is gonna knock on our door tomorrow. I hope loud and clear, hopefully, besides making sakkarai pongal/sweet rice, sometimes I don't even do that, but utmostly, harvest festival must be welcomed with prayers. Yes please, we must be grateful, especially to the farmers who slog throughout the year, under blistering sun and heavy rain sometimes, for ensuring that we are not deprived of rice, which by far is one I must have daily (Pulao Rice Vegetarian). Pongal in my house is a quiet moment. No point getting excited for the two of us, no point cooking aplenty and wasting, I have also stopped with feeding other people. No need, come whichever festival or special occasion, my life is now a quiet life with only my other half-half. I believe god will still bless you because, it is not about lavishness or impressing others, but potentially, "a clean heart is a god's heart".  

During the last, I can't recall which Indian festival, we had the honour to a lavish vegetarian banana leaf lunch at our in-laws. Wow, what a joy to the mouth, tummy and heart, what a splendid meal, a complete package alongside payasam and vadai. . 

Mint Chutney or Tomato Chutney or Coriander Chutney 
I also made sure I didn't miss out on how to make vadai (Rice Vadai). From my aunt for my blogging love. She unselfishly showed me the way, I, on the other hand, must be sincere and truthful as well. I hate lying, so before you get impressed with me, let me just tinkle ring you again that, I didn't make these fried, crispy out the outside and soft bite inside vadai. 
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 .
    I am inviting you to enter phone covers giveaway

  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!! :)

    Well I was wondering if we could follow each other? Do visit my blog and let me know!! :)

    1. Thanks :) Followed back on bloglovin and twitter!! :)

  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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