Thursday, January 26, 2012

Vengaya vadai

Vadai - Deep fried Indian spicy doughnut; vengayam (Tamil) - onion.

This is another version of masal vadai with more onion. It is a popular snack in the tea stalls of Tamilnadu and Kerala.

Click to read and enjoy the old Tamil song behind:)

Channa dhal / Bengal gram lentil - 3/4 cup
Red onion - 3 (medium size)
salt - to taste
green chilies - 3 (chopped)
fresh ginger - 1 inch
curry leaves- 1 sprig
fennel seeds (peruncheeragam/ sombu)- 1/2 tbsp
dry red chillies - 3
cooking oil-250 ml. (for deep frying)

Soak the dhal for 1 hour in cold water.
Grind dhal with red chillies, salt, ginger,fennel seeds to a coarse mixture without any water.
Chop the onion finely by hand (not in chopper, as it will yield more water to batter and a dark vadai).
In a mixing bowl add the dhal mixture, chopped onions, finely chopped green chilly and curry leaves. Mix well .
Heat oil in a frying pan. Wait till it is hot.
Take a lemon size ball of the mixture, slightly flatten in the palm of your hand and then carefully put the vadai in hot oil . Keep flame in medium heat.
Deep fry on both sides to a golden brown color to mild red color.
Remove the onion vadai , drain oil by placing over a  paper towel .

Serving suggestions:
Makes 12 big size vengaya vadai.
Serve hot with Coconut chutney.
Serve with tea or coffee.

Healthy version:
Add 2 tbsp oil to the batter and shape them into thin vadai.
Bake them at 350 deg C for 15 minutes , flip and bake for 5 minutes or till done.

This batter cannot be refrigerated after adding onion (otherwise the vadai will get dark while frying).


Priya Suresh said...

Omg, ur picture itself killing me, wat a yummy super crispy vadai,love it.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

yummy... love it...

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious and yummy looking crispy vadais.

Hamaree Rasoi

Sravs said...

so crispy and tempting vada !!

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Sobha Shyam said...

superb vadas...absolutely yummy ones..

Unknown said...

yummy looking

Aarthi said...

Wow..YUMMY RECIPE...I am loving it..


abraham said...

yummy... love it...regards susan

Chitra said...

onion vadai is really a yummy snack for evenings. will try sometime for sure. I tried ur healthy idly podi and it was excellent. thanks a lot dear. I had posted in my blog. Do visit at ur free time :) Thanks a lot for the nice recipe/

Vikis Kitchen said...

Thank you friends.
Chitra: Thanks for trying my idly podi dear. I am excited! Do try this vada too. I made this vada and Semiya kesari as a return gift for my friends' Diwali snack tray:) said...

spicy n hot n yummy looking crispy vadais.