Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Alasanda Vada, Black-Eyed Pea Fritters ~ Andhra Special!

Alasandalu Vada or Bobbarlu Vadalu, are the fritters made with Black Eyed Pea. These fritters are so yummy that you get hooked to it, once you taste it. My love for Alasandalu dates back to my childhood, getting treated on these by my grandma since we grew these in our lands. I mostly remember loving the Alasandala kura, which my avva (grandma) used to make for us specially, when we visited them during summer vacations. Other than the kura, the next most favorite are the vadas, which are mostly served with mutton pulusu or chicken pulusu. So when one thinks of Alasandalu Vada, it goes with the non-veg gravy and Raayalaseema is known for this specialty.

I remember those summer days, when avva returns to Madras, she used to come back with bags filled with home grown from our native place. And for sure Alsandalu would feature most. Amma would then, fondly store these away for later use. We used to love all Amma's preparations with the Black eyed Peas. Though its been over two decades since my parents left their native place, they still hold these very fondly! And for sure, passed on the passion to us. I was more trilled when I knew that these are favorite in my in-laws place. On my first visit to their home, these vadas were what Athamma made for me. I can still remember that afternoon I got up to the tantalizing aroma of Alasanda Vadas, sneaking from the kitchen. She had made Uggani for breakfast, and since we couldn't take any more, she made for the evening snacks.

Every time I pick up a packet of these Alasandallu now, from the super market, I remember those days, as a child, I used to wander in the pantry of my granny and slide my fingers into those silky seeds! Wonder how these delicate dals give out so much taste. I was so happy knowing that my twins loved munching on these. These days you can't escape their clinches with anything. Anything in your hand and they want a bite. So imagine, we made these early in the morning and by the time I could take pictures, Peddu was after me to give him a bite. And how he enjoyed it! The sight was so very pretty. I am so happy that unlike Konda, I could get the twins eat. When I feed tomato ketchup to Peddu, he simple loves it. His face lilts up with every sip of it. So the spot of tomato sauce you see in the plate, it wasn't there after these shots! And then he wanted to eat the vadas. So I had to give him. I was wondering how he will take it, but he seem to love every bite, because he wanted more. Since it was 7.30 in the morning, I didn't want to give him any more.Wondering why we made vadas so early in the morning? For one thing, our camera has given up on me and another, I guess I finally got everybody at home, hooked to this blog!

Since we use the dried ones, we soaked them overnight I don't remember Amma making these vadas with fresh ones, we normally make kura with the fresh peas. Take a big vessel and wash the dal once and then soak it with water over covering it. Let it soak overnight.

Soaking Time : Overnight or min 7 hrs
Preparation time 10 mins
Cooking Time : 5 - 7 mins for each batch

Ingredients Needed:

Alasandallu / Black Eyed Peas - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Onions - 1 medium, finely chopped
Green Chillies - 2
Red chillies - 1
Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup, finely chopped
Curry leaves few
Ginger - 1" (opt)
Oil for deep frying.

Method to prepare:

Wash the soaked black-eyed peas well before draining them on a sieve. These should not have water when you are grinding.

In a mixer or food processor, take the black eye peas, ginger, salt and green chillies into coarse batter, without adding water. We can use just the green chilies or you can add both green and the red chillies too. When you add the red chillies, its will be interesting to find red spots inside the vadas.

Once the dal is ground well, remove to a bowl and mix in the onions, coriander, curry leaves. . The batter must be solid, and if you press down or pat it down, it must hold the shape without running to the edges. So this needs to be ground without adding water while grinding the peas.

Heat a kadai with oil for frying the vadas. Vada moulds can be made using our hands, wet cloth or plastic sheet. Or even banana leaf. When you get the hang of making vadas, using your left hand is very convenient. Once you have washed your hands, take small amount of batter in a ball shape, put that ball on your left palm. Gently with your right hand, flatten it lightly and make a hole in the middle. You will be able to get the hole in the middle, if the batter is not runny. Removing the vada will be easy if your left palm is little wet before placing the ball on the palm. Drop gently into hot oil

Depending on the size of your pan, deep fry the vadas in batches. When it turns light brown, turn them to the other side and cook until they are golden-brown on both sides. Takes app.. 5 to 7 minutes, each batch.

I served these with Tomato Sauce, but Athamma was so upset that we didn't have the mutton pulusu next to it. And wanted to me make sure, I mention that this goes excellent with that as side!

Sending these to lovely Mansi who is hosting this month's Monthly Mingle, an event started by Meeta! The theme this month is Appetizers & Hors'Doeuvres!

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25 comments :

kamala said...

Never made vada with Black eyed pea.Looking soo delicious Valli.

Asha said...

Catching up with everybody today!:))

Mouthwatering snack, drooling at 9am looking at them!:D

If I have time this weekend, I will make a collage for roti mela post, will see!:)

Sia said...

what is it with kids loving tomato ketchup? i would beg my amma to serve me little extra ketchup than my siblings so that i can lik them in the end:)
i love alasande vada valli and you just made me realised its been years since i had them. the pics are making me crave for them more!

Uma said...

wow, wow, wow, can I have those? Lovely vadas!

Kalai said...

OMG, Valli! These look amazing!! Quick snack with little prep involved. Perfect for tea or with dinner. :)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi Srivalli...
That was a nice post.... Black eyed pea fritters sounds so different... YUM!....Nice pictures...

ranji said...

yummmmmy:)

Divya Vikram said...

looks too yumm..a perfect accompaniment with tea..am making this soon

Shweta said...

Those are some yummy looking vadas and very new to me. I would love to make them but grinding without water would be the biggest challenge! In the worst case I will make them like pakodas :)

DK said...

That was simply perfect Valli and also for promptly linking it to the forum. Wonderful and mind blowing fast. Siri told me that u r interested in RM...so jus a simple note in case u r participating..

As for the Recipe Marathon, all you have to do is:

1. Post Recipes everyday from 17th to 31st (anything damn simple to hard..whatever u can but it should be a recipe )

2. mention the word: Recipe Marathon in your post

3. Will let you know who all are into this Marathon by 17th... You have to link their sites with your day's posts , so that we all know abt others. ( or u can simply copy the links from our posts ;) makes ur life easier )

4. Siri will put your post link into the forum under the specific category it fits in..

Have fun posting recipes...Thats what precisely you have to do :)

Since U already blog daily ( which is simply amazing) I think U will have a ball with us :)luking fwd...

vb said...

Wow, these look delicious. Mouth watering.

masalamagic said...

That was a nice post Sri! Childhood memories are surely the best :-) The vadas look way too delicious. I tried soemthing similar once from Indira's blog. Will surely try your recipe in some time - right now my house is up on sale and i really cannot do any major cooking or deep fry any food. :-( Imagine my plight :-)
Loved the videos - u're athamma is a good demonstrator and u have a nice voice :-)

Madhavi said...

Wonderful recipe, fritters looks mouthwatering!!!

bhags said...

well i m not a big fan of black eyed peas....but till i didnt know tht wadas also can out of them......a must try for me

Ranjani said...

Those vadas look so crispy! I had no idea you can make them with black eyed peas, but then again I've never made a vada...!
YUMM!!

Seema said...

Sri - i agree with you, once you taste these vadas - your hooked on!! These are super yummy & mouthwatering. I had this only once but trust me i still remember the taste. it was fabulous, my friends mom had made it, until then i had no idea that Alsandae vadas were ever made!! Thanks for recipe Sri, into my recipe folder it goes!

Andhra Flavors said...

I like this one with Tomato sauce.

renuka said...

Hi valli,
this recipe is new to me too.just got back will be able to blog only from june.nice meeting u

satya said...

Looks very crunchy....My mouth's watering........:)

Swati Raman Garg said...

good idea to made vadai with this... nice pics... :) got something for u ....

Aparna said...

These bring back memories of chilhood. My mom used to make these when we were little.
I don't know why I never made them, but I shall. Definitely.

Sunshinemom said...

That's new to me and looks good too! Must try!

Suganya said...

Sooper, Sri :). I even have soaked black-eyed peas on hand.

Mansi Desai said...

they look awesome Sri! thanks so much for sending it to MM:)

hetal said...

these wadas look delicious...feel like eating right now..

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