Deep Fried Lentil Fritters
Recipe Type: Side
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Serves: 2
Uzhunnu vada (Deep Fried Lentil Fritters) is a favorite tea time snack of the Malayalies.... to be a bit more broader.... it is THE most popular deep fried snack of South India.
  • Urad dal/Black lentil: 1 cup, soaked in water, drained, and grounded.
  • Shallots (3 or 4) or onion: ¼ chopped.
  • Green chilly: 1 or 2, minced.
  • Crushed pepper: ¼ tsp.
  • Curry leaves: Crushed or chopped: 1 sprig.
  • Rice flour: 2 tbsp, this makes the vadas crispy (though some prefer baking soda about ¼ tsp).
  • Salt to taste.
  1. Grind the soaked and cleaned dal with 2 tbsp of rice flour, salt, and little water to a smooth paste.
  2. Add the chopped or minced onion, green chilly, pepper, and curry leaves.
  3. Mix the batter....and check the salt.
  4. Heat a pan or kadai with oil. When the oil reaches 360 degree C, spoon in the thick batter (I used a tsp) into the hot oil, simmer the fire to medium or low until it is golden brown and crispy.
  5. And strain into a paper napkin.
  6. And serve hot the crunchy vadas with a cuppa of tea.
  7. Enjoy this tea time snack :)
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