March 11, 2012

Uzhunnu Vada - Medhu vada

   Yet another snack from south India Uzhunnu vada / medhu vada.In Kerala it is more or less considered as a  snack " നാലു മണി പലഹാരം ". But in other states this is a breakfast item.


Urud dal(uzhunnu)           - 1 cup
onion                                - 1/2 nos
green chillies                    - 1-2 nos
carrot(optional)                 - 1/4 cup of grated
cabbage(optional)            - 1/4 cup of finely chopped
curry leaves                      -  a handful
salt                                    -  to taste
oil                                      -  for frying

  1. Soak the urad dal for atleast 2-3 hours.
  2. Once soaked grind the urad dal finely without adding water. The consistency of the batter should be such that when you drop a little of the batter on water it should float.
  3. After grinding the batter add finely chopped onion, green chillies, cabbage, carrot and chopped curry leaves. Mix well.
  4.  Keep the oil for frying in a wok shaped pan or "cheena chatti". Once oil hot not smoking!!
  5. Take a spoon full of batter on a wet palm and fatten it with the other palm.Then make a hole in the center and drop in to the oil carefully.
  6. Cook in medium flame until golden brown ,remove and serve hot with chutney.

Flaws that can happen

1. Not able to shape the batter with palms- the batter would be runny,can be adjusted with a few spoons of rice powder or urad flour

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