Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Meddu Vada

Meddu Vada are a must during all festival days. Its a normal trend to make Vada, Payasam for a festival meal! I normally don't venture into Meddu Vada simply for the reason, that I can't make a proper circle along with a hole on top! Amma makes beautiful ones and they taste heaven. But since its always mostly prepared during festival times, which naturally tend to be hectic, we don't get to enjoy the vada as one would want too. Dad used to say that we should eat this leisurely, so Amma decided to make this a frequent menu item. Its great to be felt special and Amma makes sure she makes everybody at home feel this way. She makes coconut chutney specially for me and I am yet to taste a coconut chutney that tastes as good as her's. This dish without saying tastes great with coconut Chutney. She makes Meddu Vada with Onion Sambar and Coconut Chutney for Dinner and we all absolutely love it. Since this is such a wonderful dish for dinner, we also follow the same, so I ended up preparing this and it came out extremely well. It was all crispy outside and soft and nice inside just like Amma's.

Ingredients needed:

For Batter

Urud Dal - 1 cup
Green chillies - 2 (optional)
Salt to taste

Masala to be added:

Onions - 2 medium
Green Chillies - 2
Ginger - 1 "
Pepper Corns - 10 nos
Curry Leaves - few
Coriander Leaves few

Oil for deep frying.
Method to prepare

Soak Urud dal for minimum 2 hrs. This time, I soaked for nearly 6 to 8 hrs. I am not sure if soaking for so long ensured I got the crispy ones but otherwise they don't normally stay crispy for long.

Drain the water and grind it to a very smooth batter. You can grind chillies along with the batter or can be added later as fine pieces as per taste.

Chop onions, green chillies and add all the ingredients to the batter.

Heat Oil in a kadai and once its hot drop the batter shaped as circles. Cook in sim to ensure it gets cooked well.

To get the shapes, you can either use a plastic sheet or wet your palm and take a lemon sized ball, flatten it and make a hole in middle, gently drop them into hot oil.

This is the tough part for me as the batter is sticky and the shape does not stay. I somehow manage to make a circle and put a hole and drop into Oil.

Serve this with hot Sambar and Coconut Chutney.

Enjoy this Diwali with a crispy Meddu Vada. Wish you all a very happy Deepavali.

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16 comments :

Linda said...

Meddu vada looks yummy Srivalli, and the whole post is a joy to read. I have never made these. I will have to try using your recipe and the long soak for the dal. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful celebration :)

Mansi Desai said...

These are my husband's absolute favourites...after idli sambhar I guess:)

Happy Diwali to you and your family Srivalli!

bhags said...

Nice looking medu vadas....feeling hungry already, its lunch time here

Padmaja said...

hey valli its mine and noel's favourite!! we love them!! as i am on strict diet, i have slowly cut down deep frying stuff and you know why, to fit into my new party dress for our work christmas lunch in december!Now now don't you laugh ok!!
hey those vadas look so delicious!!

Happy cook said...

Love them. They look so delicious .

Laavanya said...

Happy Diwali Srivalli to you and yours.
This is my favorite vada.. i love the bits of crispy onion in it!

Asha said...

Slurp!! Don't tepmt me now to fry some Vadas too! Looks soo delicious.YUM!
Happy Diwali Sri!:))

Srivalli said...

Linda, Thank you. Sure, try and let me know how it comes out.

Thanks for the wishes and wish you the same

Mansi, glad to know that...Wish you the same

Bhags, thank you. haha..good...

Padmaja, wow..thats great to know!...But you should once in a while eat this ok...haha thats great to know...don't you worry you will fit in fine!..now seriously I am not laughing...:D

Happy cook, thank you!

Laavanya, Thank you and wish you the same!...great to know!

Asha, hahha..I am not going to try..know for sure you will do them!

sunita said...

Srivalli, love those vadas...wish you and your dear ones a very happy Diwali too.

Namratha said...

Yummy, crisp and golden, simply perfect...love it Srivalli:)

Siri said...

Wishing You a very Happy Diwali Sri.. and a favorite snack for this festive season..:))

Madhu said...

Hi Sri,
Vada sambar looks great, Happy deepavali to you too.

sra said...

Happy Deepavali, Srivalli!

Rina said...

Meddu vada and payasam, what a combo. I think meddu vada is the king of our south indian snacks. Used to enjoy them when my GM made before my marriage and now when my hubby makes. Ha Ha hahaaa, I prepare the batter and give to my hubby to deep fry them. I'm scared of throwing the batter into hot oil.

Latha Narasimhan said...

Love these vadas!:) One of my aunt is an expert in this and she also adds cabbage to it! I too make sure to make this as a snack on sundays!:) Lovely recipe!:)

Srivalli said...

sunita, Namratha,Siri, Madhu, sra, thank you for all your greetings, wish you all had a great diwali!

Rina, yeah that is indeed a great combi. Thats funny to know. I used to make Amma do that. I couldn't do that with my athamma bcos she herself doesn't know..:)

Lathamma...thank you. You have all expert in everything

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