Monday, January 16, 2012

Split Black Gram Fritters (Chilkewali Urad Dal Medu Vada/Garelu)

Indian Vegetarian Snacks Special
Indian Festive Season Special
Andhra/Tamil Nadu Cuisine
Skinned Split Black Gram Fritters (Chilkewali Urad Dal Medu Vada/Garelu)

Serves 2

Skinned Black Gram (Chilkewali Urad Dal)- 1 Cup

Water- 2 Cup
Onion- 1, Finely Chopped
Green Chillies- 5, Finely Chopped

Extra Light Olive Oil/Olive Pomace Oil- For Deep Frying
Salt- To Taste
Curry Leaves- Few Sprigs
Fresh Coriander Leaves- 4 Tbsp., Finely Chopped

Clean, Wash & Soak the Urad Dal with Enough Water for about 2 Hours
Preferably in Wet Grinder for Authentic Taste, Grind the Dal into a Thick Paste 

Sprinkle Little/No Water as this would be required for Grinding the Dal Easily
Mix the Chopped Onion, Chopped Green Chillies, Chopped Coriander Leaves & Salt in the Dal Paste
Heat Oil in a Wide Mouthed Non Stick Pan
Wet the Front of the Milk Packet with Water & take a Small Portion of the Dal Paste in the Centre of the Mil Packet
Make a Hole exactly in the Centre & Gently Drop the Prepared Doughnut Shaped Fritter in Hot Oil from the Side of the Pan
Fry in Medium Flame till the Fritters turn Golden Brown & Crispy
Drain from the Oil & Put on a Plate with Absorbent Paper to Absorb the Extra Oil

Serve Hot with Traditional Andhra Ginger Pickle/Tomato Pickle/Coconut Chutney!

Skinned Black Gram (Urad Dal/Menapappu) is Tradtionally Eaten on the 3rd Day of the 4-Day 'Makar Sankranti' known as 'Kanuma', so take this Day as a Great Reason to Feast on this Indian Delicacy!

This is a Healthier Version of the Traditional Medu Vadas where Urad Dal with Skin is used to enrich Fibre in the Diet making it Lighter & a little more Guilt Free :)!!

Another Method to Prepare the Vadas is to Wet Palm & Take a Small Portion of the Dal Paste in the Centre of the Palm & Follow the Same Procedure as Above

Also, the Coconut Chutney Recipe follows in the next post..

Traditionally the Fritters are made from (Urad Dal without Skin) following the same method as above
Alternatively, Cumin Seeds & Freshly Ground Black Pepper Powder is added to the Vadas

Feel free to share your views & do let us know how this one turned out :)

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