Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Vada !

I don't think i need to give an introduction to this Indian snack. There are a number of vadas in Indian cuisine but if you ask me, then i'll say "East or West, Uzhunnu vada is the best!"
This vada is made of black gram and is known by different names like Urud Vada / Medhu vadai / Uzhunnu Vada. You get the best ones from a Tamil or Udupi restaurant or from the pantry of Southern Indian railway..lol!

The other day evening it was raining outside and i craved to have some. But i was helpless as i didn't know any place where they do a home delivery of my favourite snack. Then i thought why shouldn't i try making some. I rushed to the recipe book and here goes the output.

I didn't get the doughnut shape, so i took the batter in a teaspoon and poured into the hot oil one by one.


1. Black gram / Urud dhal / Uzhunnu parippu - 300 gm

2. Green chilly - 3 no.s
Ginger - 1 inch
Onion - a small one
Curry leaves - a few

3. Salt - to taste
Pepper powder - a pinch
Asafoetida - a pinch


Soak black gram for half an hour and grind it into a fine paste. (Use no water or very less water for grinding). Chop all the ingredients in the section two. Mix it with the batter and add the ingredients in the section three. Mix well and check salt. Put a little batter in water to check the consistency. The consistency is correct if the batter is floating.
Heat oil in a deep frying pan. Make small portions of the thick batter into ball shapes and put a hole in the middle. Otherwise make small sized balls. Put these balls into the boiling hot oil. When it is half done (white colour), take them in a strainer spoon and hold for a while till the oil in the pan becomes boiling hot again. Put them back in the hot oil and take out when they turn into golden brown colour. This two time frying will help to get the inside also cooked well and also it will drink less oil. Your crispy hot vada is ready! Have it with coconut chutney.

Courtesy: 'Veettammaykkoru Kaithozhi' by Sr.Dolorus Kannambuzha.

Beef Biriyani

( will post the recipe soon )

A simple embroidery!

Remember? an year ago i wrote about the Panthean street in Chennai and the materials i bought from there. I still have few bits untouched in my cupboard. Once in a while i take a piece out and make a dress. This light green cotton material too was bought from there. Hope a few lines of chain stitch and lazy daisy could add some colour to this kurti.

(A closer look to the embroidery)