Monday, July 23, 2007

Masala Vada

Masaal Vaade ...Masaale Vaade....wondering what this is all about? about this.. .."kanyakumariku Sellum Reealli Eranddavathu Flatformaarathil Eruthu Seela dodikalli Kalamba Thaiyaraga Eerukirathu" was able to translate Tamil into English...For my non-Tamil readers - the train leaving for Kanyakumari is about to start in Platform No : 2. I have always had such difficulty writing Tanglish.. You might ask what I was trying to depict here. I was trying to get in the mood and atmosphere right for serving Masala Vada. Masala Vada is a perennial snack sold very fervently in Railway Platforms down South India. One familiar with this scene will appreciate the passion and admiration this snack bestows on one unexpected traveler.

As a kid, traveling many times by train I have seen and enjoyed this snack by sight and never really tasted it. We were never allowed to eat anything sold in the platforms. I can only vouch it tastes excellent by the ardent invitation this attracts the moment it is brought through the platform. The aroma wading through the platform, the vendor bustling around the crowd, to get his stuff sold, the kids cajoling their parents to get them, Masala Vada is sure a sight to watch.

Apart from this, you have different foodie vendors assaulting your senses with their wares.

I was reminded of all these when we made this at home. Amma's Masala Vada is very famous, it disappears the moment it makes a presence. Well, I normally don't count how many I eat, being a typical lover of this. It is said Masala Vada goes with Chai, but I vouch for Vada with Coffee! Yes, take a bite of vada and gulp a mouthful of coffee, nothing to beat this around.

Well let me get down to the way we do this at home..

Masala Vada

Serves : 15 medium sized Vadas
Soaking Time + Preparation Time : 3 hrs
Cooking Time : 15 mins
Cuisine : Tamil Nadu

Ingredients Needed:

Bengal Gram / Channa Dal - 1 cup (200 gms)
Onion - 1 big
Green Chilli - 2
Red Chilli - 2
Ginger - 1" (optional)
Coriander leaves - as desired
Fennel Seeds - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Curry leaves few
Oil for deep frying

Method to prepare:

Clean and soak channa dal for min 2 hrs. Except 2 tbsp of Channa dal, grind the dal with Chillies coarsely. Mix the whole channa dal to the coarsely ground dal.

Chop Onions, Coriander, Ginger finely. Mix this with the dal to form a good mixture.

Heat Oil in a pan. Divide the dal mix into small balls, flatten them into small patties, either using your palm or using a wet plastic cover.

Once the oil is hot, deep fry each one until its well cooked. Normally takes around 5 mins on sim for each one to be ready.

How you serve this is entirely your choice. On pretext of sampling, I normally eat one or two, while frying them. Rest I either serve as such or else with Coconut Chutney. But on its own Masala Vada is a match for anything!

Enjoy this snack anytime of the day!

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Cinnamon said...

yumm.. hot hot masala vada with coconut chutney.. heaven isnt it :)
I just love those!!

Richa said...

true, railway stns are well known for the yummy snacks they sell :) liked the addn of fennel, do u add it crushed or whole?

Srivalli said...

Absolutely Cinnamon is added as gives a good taste to the Vada...

Asha said...

I am drooling over here! I love Masala vada,mine is similar recipe too.Looks delicious,so goldes.We have Railway station Maddur vadas like that.So yummy!:))
Thanks for your mom's recipe Sri!:)

archana said...

You are making my mouth water with those pictures:)
I love them.Nice recipe with fennel seeds :)

Jyothi said...

Wow, that is my favourite evening snack. Looks yummy and tasty. Hey sri! that plate is only for me, right? I am coming.....on the way...thanks dear.

Raji said...

i wish i was there
i can eat as many as i can imagine
they look beautiful srivalli

Sharmi said...

you brought a little nostalgia in me with that post. I too used to love having such stuff while we traveled via erode we used to get hot appams, idlis etc. all childhood memories.
adding fennel in vada is new.

Dee said...

hot masala vada with some chutney is yummy isnt it ???

bee said...

wicked wicked dish.

Neelam said...

Wow nice masala vadas never tried at home but do remember eating them back home, should try your recipe looks so simple.

Padma said...

These vadas always remind me of my train journey from bombay to vizag...
They are part of our snacks in everyday life too, thanks for sharing your mom's recipe...its been a while I made these vadas at home, ur recipe now has inspired me to do!
Nice pics ya!

Coffee said...

I am on the railway station now...... (in my dreams) eating your delicious wadas!!! ;)

Sig said...

:) ur post brought back some nice memories, though I wasn't a big fan of train food, I can hear those vendors when I read this... and smell the food too... :) Vadas look great!

Roopa said...

yummy! i love masala vadas i make it similar way without fennel. Adding fennel seeds is different!

Vcuisine said...

Yummy Vadas Srivalli. Viji

Srivalli said...

Thanks Asha..glad you liked them...yeah Amma makes maddur vadas also...

Thanks archana..

Sure are most welcome...

Thanks for your nice words Raji

Glad I did Sharmi...

Sure is Dee

hahah...feel good that you find this wicked bee

thanks try it

Good Padma ..try it out and let me know..

hhaha...thanks remember to get down in the correct station..:)

Thanks Sig..glad I was able to get back such memories..

yeah...Roopa..glad you also prepare it the same way

Thanks Viji

sri said...

how do you get your vada to be such a beautiful golden brown? mine always seem to come out much darker.

andhratreat said...

tasty ....i like this recipe soo much

Sudeshna said...

Once while coming back from Shivasamudram in Karnataka, I had these masala vadas at a roadside stall. They tasted so delicious, but I never found out an authentic recipe for this one, thanks for sharing it Sri.

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