Carrot Coconut Vada ~ Carrot Coconut in Savory doughnuts!

Now talk about same ingredients taking form as different dishes! The grated carrot and coconut finds its way in yet another form, now the famous Vadas! We had this recipe bookmarked for a long time but since this involves deep frying I had been avoiding it and saying no to Athamma whenever she asked for this. Finally Athamma decided she will do it herself and not wait for me. Well not that I say no to any deep fried loves. But it does sound good right when you say you don't want to eat fried stuff!. She got all the things ready and said there is no going back now. So what else to do but to fry these lovely ones!

Hubby dear won't have anything to do with these. Well its his loss we thought and enjoyed dipping them hot in tomato sauce. We packed some for parents too and they too really liked it. Its really hard to make Konda eat any of these, so didn't even bother forcing her to taste. While Peddu was more interested in licking the sauce. Kids, I tell you, they are least interested in things you want them to be.

Konda's teacher wanted her to find out about her blood group. Since off late she's got scared of injections, we have never taken a test, so we have been postponing. Finally last evening, she insisted it be done. Though I knew she will have same as mine, hubby dear took her for test this morning. Should I say I was very glad it was same! Well small pleasures I guess. Anyway we were upset in sending Peddu alone to play school. Chinnu was feeling low, so sent Peddu alone. I called up to know how Peddu is, I was told that he cried for sometime and went searching the rooms for his brother. Then he cooled and settled down playing. I was choking down imaging how lonely he must've felt. Anyway life teaches you many things. Trying to face adversaries is the most important one. I can't think of a more adverse situation for a kid of his age.

Well before I go all soppy, here is how we made the vada.

Makes about 10 medium sized Vadas

Ingredients Needed:

Grated Carrot - 1 cup
Grated Coconut - 1 cup
Gram Flour / Besan - 2 tsp
Rice Flour - 2 tsp
Urad Dal - 1 tsp - 4 hrs soaked
Onion - 1 medium
Ginger - 1" grated
Coriander leaves - few springs
Green chilli - 1 finely chopped
Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Cloves-Cinnamon powder - 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

Method to prepare:

Wash and soak the urad dal for about 4 hrs. Its got to be soft.

Grate Carrot and coconut. Chop the Onions, Chillis, Coriander leaves.

In a bowl, take the besan and rice flour along with all other ingredients. Mix well. Add more besan if needed to get a batter that holds shape. Add very little water to bind.

Using your left palm, take little of the batter the size of a ball and pat them down. Make a hole in middle for it to get fried well.

Heat a pan with oil. Once its hot, gently drop these shaped vadas and cook on both sides.

Once done, drain on over kitchen towel.

Serve hot with tomato sauce. I think this tastes great when hot, but no harm trying it warm if you want!

And yes the Urad dal is not ground but added as whole, that's why you got to ensure its well soaked. When you bite into the vada you can sense the different taste and this was one thing where the bite on the ginger was appealing to me!

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