Monday, March 1, 2010

Vada curry

Vada curry is a very simple side dish available in the street side shops of TamilNadu , served along with 'set dosa' or any breakfast item.Mostly the day after diwali, we can see people preparing this vada curry with the left over paruppu vadai and vegetable kuruma. It is my younger brother's favorite too. Oh, yeah! if I didn't mention him here, I will get enough from him:) After having it in his teacher's house he started pestering us for this curry and we too tried our best after festive days without wasting the vadais:)

But Vada curry entered my life in full swing after marriage only. Hope some of my friends know our adventures while dating :) We treasure those memories a lot. After marriage Xav took me to all the restaurants and places he enjoyed during his bachelor days. I simply love the way he describe his entertainments like the frequent movies, late night dinners,the way he waited for my phone call or letter, funny stuff with friends etc. Slowly it became the habit for us to enjoy his favorite road-side food shops. Most of the Sundays we used to buy the breakfast (carry home pack) from a nearby shop (KK Nagar) along with his favorite News papers , magazines etc after attending the 7 Am mass. Nowadays I started making my own vada-curry, from scratch.

Enjoy with your loved ones:)



The short cut is to make use of the left over vadais and kuruma. But we can prepare it from scratch too. Click the links to get the complete method.

Ingredients:
Masal vadai - 6 (big size)
Vegetable kuruma (with lesser vegetables) - 2.5 cup
Fennel - 1/2 tsp
cinnamon - 1 inch
cilantro - a handful
mint leaf - a handful
curry leaf - 1 sprig
oil - 1 tbsp

Method:
Take the vadais and crush gently with hand to get small pieces.
Heat oil in a wok and add fennel, cinnamon , curry leaf.
Then add the crushed vadai pieces and fry a little.
Now add the kuruma and bring it to a boil.
Switch off and garnish with mint , cilantro etc.

Vada curry is ready!

Variations:
We can make the vada or dumplings by steaming also. Some time I do them over dosa tawa and its also worth the try. If you make the vada curry from scratch, then make small pakodas (fritters) instead of vada.

Serving suggestions:
Serve hot with sponge dosa, poori or chapati.

43 comments:

Nithu Bala said...

Your version of vadacurry sounds delicious..thanks Dear for sharing..

Gita said...

It is really nice reading about all your fond memories with vada curry...as you said it's always lovely to share even a simple meal with loved one and it's going to special:) we too have a specific place where my father-in-law gets vada curry for us when we meet them in Chennai :) Love your idea of using leftover kurma for making vada curry....sounds and looks yummy dear :)

sangi said...

I have heard a lot abt 'vada curry'.
luks really tempting...have 2 try it soon...tnx vicky

Nandini said...

I used to have this dish in restaurants as a kid! Anyway, the curry is delectable and beautiful!

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious entry dear...i make it in a bit different way

Nostalgia said...

Hm.. interesting. Never tried this. Will have to now.

Sashi said...

Have never had this before Viki !! Very easy to prepare with left overs, Looks very delicious !! Making a note of it.

Tina said...

Its a new recipe..Looks delicious..Perfect with chapathi...

Chitra said...

Nice idea of using left over vada & kuruma..i too have this in my archive..will tr ur method soon :)

Neetz said...

woww..looks yumy dear.. :)

Suparna said...

hi viki,
It was cute reading about ur courting days and post marriage adventures :)
this dish is new to me am amazed at the fact that even curry can me made out of vadais ;)
Thanks
TC

Ms.Chitchat said...

Loved the vada curry. Click is too tempting :):)

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Sandhya Hariharan said...

Sooper.. Viki... again a new dish .. i have never heard off :)
thanks for sharing!

Rachana Kothari said...

thats an innovative and a yummy way to use leftovers!!!

Cool Lassi(e) said...

My favorite sides for Idli. Looks divine!

Asha said...

Oh! I am drooling at the thought of Set dosas and Vada curry Kurma! :)

Sushma Mallya said...

interesting one,worth trying it as well

Sarah Naveen said...

vada curry looks super yummy!!!

Priya said...

My mom's signature dish, have to make them soon, curry looks delicious Viki...

sowmya's creative saga said...

i really want to try this sometime..

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

A tempting version of vadai curry..looks awesome and fabulously delicious:)

Padma said...

Love vada curry... perfect dip with idli/dosa.

malarvizhi said...

heard about this ,but never tried this.nice dish.thanks for sharing.

Trendsetters said...

ooooh my fav..love this

Akal's Saappadu said...

I have heard about this vadai curry so much but have never tasted it!! the method sounds great, you've such patience to do it from the scratch, the vadais, the vegetable kurma and all, nice one I should try some time!!

indha vada curry -lla ivvalavu sentiment -aaaaaaaa??? hihhihih

Gulmohar said...

yummylicious ..got to try this soon...thanks Viki !

Ramya said...

love vada curry!!looks delish

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Looks very delicious and yummy!!! Some dosa with this will be amazing!!! your pic makes me hungry Viki!!!

Pavithra said...

Hey same pinch I too posted same today..my fav one..

Cynthia said...

Thanks for introducing me to a new dish.

Anu said...

Looks very delicious and yummy..

Saraswathi Iyer said...

Nice to read your memories. Vada curry sounds yummy. I make it without kurma.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi Viki

The vadas look yummy and mouthwatering. Good to know that this vada is part of your fond memories.


Hope to see more such dishes soon.

Deepa

Divya Vikram said...

I remember having this in my hostel on special occasions. Looks delicious.

ARUNA said...

This recipe sounds very interesting yaa!

Rina said...

Luv vada curry w/ hot dosas or adai..reminds me of restaurants in chennai..

Devasena Hariharan said...

this reminds me of my sis' inlaws, every sunday they have this.

I used to steam them VIki. It has come out well for u

Jyoti V said...

Looks gr8t..must be very delicious..
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Preety said...

looks perfect

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Viki
Very nice recipe and new for me ..I liked your spicing system , fennel and a dash of mint leaf with others sound great
Have a nice day

Fathima said...

delicious vadacurry...nice space here...

Aparna said...

yummy vada curry :)

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