Masala Vada... Masala Vada!!! How many times have you heard the vendor screaming out the name when you travel in Indian Railways? The first thing that I can remember when I think about day time train travel is the hot chai and masala vada. They are incredibly tasty tea time bites that all Indians would have tasted :)
Fresh and hot masala vadas on rainy days can literally be unbeatable. I just love them so much and have been enjoying it since evening.
Here goes the recipe for simple masala vada :)
Channa dhall (Bengal gram dhall) – 1 cup
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp
Green chillies – 3
Onions - 2
Asafoetida – a pinch
Ghee – 1 tbsp
Cooking soda – ½ tsp
Salt – for taste
Oil – for frying
Soak Channa dhall in water for 3 hours.
Grind green chillies coarsely. Grind the soaked channa dhall coarsely and keep it aside. Chop onions finely.
Take ghee in a mixing bowl and add the cooking soda to it. Beat with your palm until frothy. Now mix in the ground channa dhall, ginger garlic paste, green chillies, onion, salt and asafoetida and just a few drops of water to make the batter.
Pinch lemon sized balls of dough and make them into balls and flatten them with your palm.
Fry them all in hot oil until evenly browned on both sides and crispy. Remove and put them on paper towel to remove excess oil.
Serve hot and enjoy eating :)
You can add 2 tblsp of oats to the batter to make it all the more healthy.
Written by: Nithya
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