Monday, September 22, 2008

Paruppu Vadai

Paruppu vadai or Masal Vadai refers to a spicy, crispy vada made with channa/toor dhal. Though I love Ulundhu vadais the best, these are a close second. These stay crunchy for a long time and are very easy to prepare.

PARUPPU/MASAL VADAI (makes 20 1.5 to 2 inch vadais)


Ingredients
Channa dhal - 1 cup (soak for an hour and drain completely)
Jeera - 1 tsp
Ginger - half to 1 inch piece, chopped
Sombu (Aniseed) - 1/4 tsp
Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp, chopped
Curry leaves - few, chopped
Onion - half medium, chopped
Asafoetida - a pinch
G. Chillies - 3 (small)
Red Chillies - 2 to 3
Salt to taste
Oil - about 1 cup for deep frying

Method:
1) Make sure the channa dhal is well drained. Grind this coarsely with dried red chillies jeera, sombu, ginger, asafoetida and salt. Just sprinkle a little bit of water if absolutely necessary during the grinding process.
2) To this ground mixture, add chopped green chilies, onions, curry leaves, coriander leaves. Do this just before frying them in oil or the mixture will turn watery.
3) Heat the oil. Take small portions of the dhal mixture and form into small patties. Drop in hot oil and fry on a medium heat until golden. Drain on a paper towel and serve.

Note: I measured the oil before and after frying the vadas and calculated that I used about 5 tbsp of oil to fry this quantity. So even though these are deep fried, they are not all that bad (works out to 3/4 tsp of oil per vadai) . Keep in mind though that if the batter is too watery and the temperature of the oil is not right, then it will absorb more oil.

44 comments:

  1. wow... looks yummy & delicious with crispy..really mouth watering dear.. thxs for sharing..

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  2. my to-do thing this weekend :D

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  3. nice one..looks crspy and delicious..

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  4. oh wow! these are my childhood favorites, thanks for reminding me :)

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  5. Whoa! You make me feel hungy with those perfectly done vadas!
    With aniseed and coriander leaves it should be the most flavorful vadas!!!!!!!!

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  6. Me too love Ulundhu vadai on first hand...Looks delicious Lavanya.

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  7. Oooh these mouth watering goodies look perfect...

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  8. I simply love this vadai...yours looks so delicious..inbtw you post date is showing as Monday 22nd Sep 2008 to me !

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  9. Looks crispy and mouthwatering ....Nice to have with garam chai.

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  10. Crispy and tasty looking Vadais. Perfect all time snack.

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  11. Delicious.
    Last time i had vada like this was in the train trip .

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  12. how come i saw the date as sep22Mon...
    anyways nice crispy vada......yummy

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  13. I prefer these over ulundhu vadai. Crunchy and the masala flavor is just too good to pass.

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  14. I love this one for the crunchiness unfortunately my hub and son love the ulundu vadai :) U make feel hungry my dear!

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  15. i love paruppu vadai after the ulund vadai...but jeeves hates these...and it sucks to make just for me...maybe when i go to India...

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  16. Nice! one of my favorites too... Do you know how to make Maddur vada?

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  17. Vadais look perfect! hhmmm I can feel the yummy taste from the pics! So crispy and colorful.. Wow, you have so much patience to even measure the oil before and after cooking...:) Thats so nice, Laavanya :)

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  18. Hey these aama vadais are my favourite.
    Your recipes are very good.I tried veggie-bean quesadillas ,it was a superhit in our household.Thanks!!
    -Swapna

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  19. wow! delicious vadas and a protein rich snacks too!

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  20. I make aama vadai s with tea..Looks perfect..

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  21. ooh! Crunchy little beauties! So mouth-watering Laavanya!

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  22. lovely .. this is my hubby's all time fave

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  23. ohoho!!! looks terribly yummy!

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  24. Yum yum! Absolutely love these. where my tea to go along with this??? :-)

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  25. hey you have nice recipes posted in your blog. i have some similar recipes in my blog too.

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  26. very gud starters duirng rainy season..looks cute

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  27. Thank you Srikar.

    Nags, let me know how it turned out if you did get a chance to try.

    Thanks Sowmya.

    Nice to know Manasi - thanks for stopping by.

    Raks, oh yes it was.. we enjoyed it.

    Thanks Kamala & Usha.

    Priti, Raaji - thanks for bringing it to my notice... something wrong with the blogger I think.. I can't seem to change the date either... inspite of overwriting it with the right one and saving.

    Thanks Sireesha & Cilantro - yes it is perfect with tea.

    Happy Cook, i see you are still remembering your recent trip :)

    Divya, as much as I enjoy these ulundhu is for some reason my favorite..

    Cham & rajitha.. I wish i could parcel some of these over.. :)

    Hi Saritha, welcome... Nope I have not made it so far.. but I know that several other bloggers have... Let me know if you need details.

    Sujatha.. haha.. that's not something I do all the time but wanted to know since it didn't seem like too much oil was used.

    Swapna, you will not believe how thrilled I am to see your comment. Thank you so much for trying out my recipe & for the feedback.

    Thank you Srilekha, Divya, Uma, Vegetable Platter, Richa & Vij.

    Seema, of course I'd serve it to you with some hot masala tea :)

    Thank you Cynthia.

    Mahima, nice to know you.. welcome. I will definitely check out your blog soon.

    Thank you Suma.

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  28. I love the addition of aniseed in your recipe ... and they look absolutely wonderful!

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  29. Wow those are yummy vadas laavs...
    I use to add some toor dhal to these vadas as per moms instruction,they really make a big difference...

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  30. This is my all time better half of evening tea. Looks perfect and awesome.

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  31. yummy pic.. perfect snack for a rainy day...

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  32. An old favorite! These look so good, Laavanhya. I love mine with some cinnamon.

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  33. Never knew these could be made with toor dal!

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  34. they look yum...anytime ready for these..

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  35. hi,first time to ur blog,nice vadai.Its looks delicious

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  36. Vadai looks so delicious and crispy. they make a good evening snack.

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  37. oh, these are my fav!!! looks delicious

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  38. i luv these vadas...always my fav..urs look so luring

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  39. Hummmmm vada looks delicious, yummm!!!

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  40. my fav...i remember my college canteen

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  41. Hi

    Instead of Sombu and Onion, add 1/4 cup of Dhania, curry leaves and chopped koththamalli. It will be crispy and can be stored for a week.

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