Jun 28, 2010

A Crispy Tea-Time Snack

This Crispy Tea-Time Snack is a delicacy which does not call for any occasion.. Seen in most of the tea shops all around the South of India, it needs no introduction. Masala 'Vadai' or simply called 'dal vade' has many fans reaching out for it overlooking the place and the way it's been prepared in many small shabby shops. All that they want is just to grab one and crrrunch...!! Its heavenly, believe me.
Try this recipe for a simple vade made with Channa dal (Chickpeas).
  • 1 cup of Channa Dal (Bengalgram or chickpeas)
  • 1 onion
  • 3 red chillies
  • A few sprigs of curry leaves
  • Oil for deep frying
  • A oinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • Salt as desired
  • water as required
Method: Wash and soak the dal and red chillies in water for two hours. Drain the dal and grind it coarsely with red chillies, curry leaves and salt. Peel and slice the onion finely, and add it to the ground mixture with salt and asafoetida. Pour very little quantity of water (just 2-3 tsp will suffice). The mixture should be coarse and semi dry.
Take a little of the above mixture and shape it into a round ball with both hands. Make if firm by applying a little pressure and flatten it a bit to give the shape of vadai.
Heat oil in a kadai. let it come to smoking point and then drop the vadai in hot oil. Fry the vadai till it is golden brown on both sides. Shape all vadais and fry the same in the oil, take out and keep on a tissue paper to remove the excess oil.
Note: If the mixture becomes too liquid, add besan or chickpea flour. If the mix is too thick add little water to adjust the consistency.

Serve hot with coriander chutney or tomato sauce. Enjoy these melt-in-mouth crispy tea time snack at any time of the day.

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  1. Hi. These are an all time favorite and surely love having them with spicy coconut chutney. Wish I could grab them..

  2. These look really crispy and delicious.Perfect with a cup of tea.

  3. yummy looking vada and my family's fav one...love ur cute presentation da.

  4. this one is really delicious snack ..one of the best teatime snack looks so delicious very crispy n nicely done

  5. that sounds so delicious..will bookmark it..

  6. Crispy vadas looks delicious and yummyy..;

  7. I should try these. They do look yum! Just right for the monsoons that should be here soon!

  8. nice snack... something different

  9. Sanjeeta,

    Thanks for the vote. You've got some mouthwatering stuff going here :)


  10. Wow looks soo crispy...first time here loving it :)