Vadas are one of the best ways to feed urad dal to children. Though it is deep fried, it is ok to snack on it once in a while. Using a refined, fresh oil is important.
- 2 cups urad dal soaked for 2-4 hours
- 1 large onion chopped (about 2 cups)
- 2-3 tbsps (tablespoons) grated/finely sliced mango ginger
- 8-10 green chillies
- Generous amount of coriander leaves, finely chopped
- Salt to taste
- Oil to deep fry
- 2 cups dried yellow peas/vatana
- 2 large potatoes cubed
- 5-6 tbsps onion-ginger-garlic paste
- 2 tomatoes ground to a paste
- 1-2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp (teaspoon) haldi
- 2 tsps red chilli powder
- 2 tsps curry powder (optional)
- 1 tsp garam masala
- coriander leaves to garnish
- 1Grind the soaked dal to a paste with as little water as possible.
- 2Set aside for a few hours.
- 3Fluff it up with a whisk, so that the vadas turn out soft on the inside and are crisp outside.
- 4Add the rest of the ingredients, shape into vadas making a hole in the middle.
- 5Gently slide into oil.
- 6Fry on medium heat till well done on both sides.
- 7Boil peas with salt till tender but not mushy.
- 8Heat oil in a kadhai and add bay leaf.
- 9When it changes color, toss in the potatoes and fry for a few minutes.
- 10Add the ground masala, haldi, and mirchi and fry till the masala is 3/4th done.
- 11Add the tomato paste and fry some more till oil separates.
- 12Add the boiled peas and mix well.
- 13Add water to desired consistency and bring to a boil.
- 14Lower heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- 15Finally add garam masala and garnish with coriander leaves.
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