I'm going to a friend's house for a potluck dinner, she wanted some finger foods. I though these hot and spicy vadas would be a good option, as it's very cold in Denver right now.
Makes about 30 vadas
1 cup Chana Dal
1/2 cup Tuar Dal
2 tbsp Udad dal
4 Red chillies
Soak all of the above for 2 hours, then drain for an hour.
1 jalapeno chilli/ 3 green chillies
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 inch ginger
1/4 tsp hing
1 1/2 tsp salt/ or to taste
Add all the above ingredients to the blender and a ladle of the soaked dal.
Grind the dals in small quantities adding a couple of teaspoons of water if required.
It should be a coarse consistency with a few whole dals still visible.
1 red onion
a handful coriander leaves
Mince red onions and coriander leaves add to the ground mixture. Mix everything really well.
Heat oil. Add 1 tbsp of the hot oil in the ground mixture to make the vadas crispy.
Take a tbsp of the mixture and flatten it into a disc in the palm of your hand.
Carefully slip it into the hot oil, I fried about four or five at a time.
Fry till golden brown and crisp.
Drain on a rack with a cookie sheet tin under it.
This will prevent it from getting soggy, as it cools.
Don't grind the onion into the vada mixture this makes it watery.