Vadai is basically a deep fried snack made using dal or lentil. This vadai as the name implies is made from urad dal and is on the menu for all festivals back home. As a kid I remember having this vadai on occasions like Vinayaka Chaturthi, Pongal, etc. The menu usually consisted of a sambar, potato fry, this vadai, sakkarai (sweet) pongal and payasam. Few things come to my mind when I make this vadai. I used to innocently ask my mom why she made the same thing for all festivals . This vadai is also one of the few dishes I was allowed to help out with during college days. I remember patiently making small vadais and slowly sliding them in hot oil with fear of course .
Well now I really don’t follow any menu for festivals since mostly they fall on weekdays and we have to work anyway. This vadai is more of a snack now and for the kids I make it like bonda without the onion and chillies. The best way to reheat leftover vadais is by warming them in a pan and this tip was given by my grandma. If you reheat in the microwave it gets soggy. So let us follow portion control and enjoy this yummy snack, shall we?
Soak the urad dal for 2 hours. See how it has plumped up nicely after soaking.
Grind to a fine paste using very little water. I added water by the teaspoon for the grinder the move. You can also use a blender.
Batter ready. It should be fluffy and thick.
Add green chilies, onions and curry leaves.
Mix well. Once we add salt and onions, the batter starts getting watery. So use it immediately. Watery batter soaks more oil and you wont be able to shape it.
You can form the vadai in two ways. Take a small portion of batter and place on a slightly oiled ziploc cover.
Flatten it and make a hole in the middle.
Remove it off the cover and slide gently into hot oil.
The other method would be to make it using your hands. Take a small portion in your palm.
Flatten it and make a hole in the middle. Remove and slide into oil. If the batter sticks then wet your hands and make the vadai.
Heat oil and add the vadais.
Flip them over and allow to cook until we get a nice brown color.
See how pretty that looks.
I guess I had too much time on hand that day .. so a vadai portrait .
Vadais ready for munching. K was happy to be greeted by these vadais when he got back from work.