Monday, July 13, 2009

Masal Vada/ Chana Dal Vada

You may ask what's in a name (What's in a name? That which we call a roseBy any other name would smell as sweet.~William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet).... Well, words have meaning, names have power. Names are an important key to what a society values. Cant stop ranting about 'name', but lets have a reality check. Your name does say a lot about you, doesnt it...
Let's get to the recipe. This is not a very healthy recipe, as fried foods contain lot of calories. But this is one snack you wouldnt want to miss while having a south indian meal. :)

Preparation Time:
20 minutes.
2 hours for soaking dal.

Channa dal/kadali paruppu/cholar dal/shanaga pappu - 2 cups soaked in 3 cups of water for 2 hours
Green Chillies - 8 finely chopped
Onion - 2 medium sized finely chopped
Cumin seeds/jeera - 1 tsp
Ginger - small piece finely chopped or grated
Salt to taste
Oil for Frying

1. Drain all the water from the dal. Using a blender/mixie, grind the dal and salt to a coarse paste. You can do 3 pulses if using a mixie. Add very little water if required.
2. Add all the ingredients to the dal and mix well.
3. Heat oil in a pan, make small rounds of the dal mix, flatten it and fry.

1. You can add very little water if the dal is not getting grounded. If the batter is become too watery and you are finding it difficult to make vadas, add some rice flour.
2. If oil is not heated well, vadas will absorb lot of oil and take a lot of time to cook.

Health quotient:
Nutrition FactsServing Size: 1(120g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 100
Calories from Fat 12

Est. Percent of Calories from:
Fat 12.6% Carbs 74.0%
Protein 19.2%

The best part is masala vada, it has loads of Vitamin C... which as an antioxidant helps in numerous ways.
Nothing can stop me from eating my fav masala vadai. While I enjoy the rains with vadai n hot cup of coffee.. you can enjoy this blog and leave a comment to improve or just say hi.


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