Monday, April 24, 2006

Idli with Vadacurry - A mighty breakfast


Its been quite a busy weekend for us.We went out on a short trip with some of our friends to a lake near wisconsin and had a great time.The view of the lake was deadly.
Iam attaching a picture of that, for you all to enjoy.

On such weekends we prefer to have a nice and heavy breakfast/brunch and then hit the road.So I made some Idli's and vada curry to go with it.Since we have seen so many versions of making Idli's I do not want to elaborate on that one.(my ratio is 4:1).Vada curry is a most known side dish for Idli in chennai.I am not sure how many people have heard or tasted it.As far as I know if there is any dish that is indigenous to chennai city that would be vada curry.Its spicy and at the same time very subtle and has a delicate flavour.This is one of my favorite receipe from my Mom.Whenever I come home from college for the holidays, Iam very sure that mornings breakfast would be Idli and vadacurry.Those are the days that I yearn for nowadays.
Traditionally vada curry is made out of dhal vada's.But my mom makes it differently.She either steams the dhal mixture or make adais out of the mixture.Give it a try and let me know how it turned out.


Ingredients:
1 cup channa dhal (soaked for two hours)
1tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp jeera1

1 inch cinnamon strip
3 cloves
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp minced garlic
1tsp minced ginger
1 medium sized onion sliced thinly
2 medium sized tomatoes chopped finely
1 cup chopped coriander leaves
1tsp chilli powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp tumeric powder
salt as needed
Method:
For Vada/Adai:


 Soak the channa dhal for two hours and grind it coarsly along with fennel seeds(like we do for masal vadai).Heat a dosa pan and make thick adai's(about 2 inch thickness) by adding little oil on the sides.Keep the heat in medium and allow it to cook well, until browned on both sides(as shown in picture above).Cool it and scramble it into tiny pieces.You can do this the night before, store it in refrigerator and use it the next morning.

For Curry:
Add 2 tsp of oil in a sauce pan.Add cinnomon, cloves and bay leaf to it.When the cloves pop add the sliced onions and fy till translucent and the add the chopped garlic and ginger.Fry well till the raw smell goes.Add the chopped tomatoes to it and fry till mashed well and the oil leaves the surface.Now add all the powders and stir well till the masala mixes well with the tomatoes.Now add 5 cups of water.It should be very watery at this stage.close with a lid and allow it to boil. After 10 mins, add the scrambled adai/vadai pieces to this liquid and mix well.The chana dhal mixture will soak up all the liquid.Add the chopped coriander leaves and stir well.

 Serve with piping hot Idli's!!

Variations. - Use equal measures of channa dhal and thoor dhal combination  or just thoor dhal  to make the Adais. These also turns out very well with slightly different taste.
You can also use ginger garlic paste instead of  chopped ginger and garlic.
Adjust the amount of water to the gravy according to the consistency needed i.e., reduce the amount of water for a thicker consistency.
Do not skip the coriander leaves, it is a must for this dish.

35 comments:

Garam Masala said...

I for one, have never heard of this recipe! Sounds delicious. Something like paruppusli? And the combination with idli is more surprising... surprising because an idli fanatic like me hasn't heard of it. Probably because I've never been able to look beyond my idli-molaga podi :)

Kitchenmate said...

Sumi: HMMMMM.. I was planning to blog about it sometime. Good to see you blog about it. I used to make it with prepared paruppu vadas and great combo with idlis

Puspha said...

Yummy idlis. They r my fav breakfast.

Luv2cook said...

Sumi:

As you said I have never heard of vada curry before. I will remember this for next time when I make idlis.

Tanuja said...

Hi sumi,
Vada curry never heard of this before, sounds great thanks for the recipe will try this dish.

Lakshmi said...

Even I haven't heard of this recipe, it's on my must try list.
thanks for the recipe.

archana said...

Wow!!! I can't wait to try the vadacurry, never even heard about this, well,err... wait a minute, there is a similar (not quite !!!) preparation in Southern part of Kerala known by a similar sounding name, but it is made with leftover uzhunnuvadas. This vadacurry sounds even more interesting...

RP said...

Looks heavenly! I don't know about the vaca curry either. Sounds easy and delicious.

Sumi said...

Iamvery surprised to see majority of them have not heard about this dish, as I said its very specific to the chennai region, so even people in other parts of TN might not have heard about it.
Hope you all give a try at this.
Thanks for commenting.

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Revathi said...

Vadacurry is as indegenious as idli itself...Ooo I soo love vadacurry - my mom makes one with the left overs... i never got near to that taste... Hmm!! Again the same word - nostalgic. Good post :)

RP said...

Just saw your comment under my carrot cupcake post. Recipe is here. I used the same carrot cake batter in muffin tin.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sumi,

Vadacurry is one of our favourite dishes. I never used to make it as I avoid deep fried food. Your recipe was very easy. I tried it yesterday and it tasted really good. But mine was a bit loose in consistency as compared to yours. Maybe 4 cups of water will do.
We enjoyed it with idlis. Thanks for the recipe.

Sri Valli

indianadoc said...

Vadacurry...I love it...my mom used to make it at home...I had kept it pending in my to do list...brilliant post.

Nandita said...

Thanks for the entry Sumi!
I have never heard of this one and thanks to bloggers, this time two of you have hot upon this same wonderful dish- You will see in the round up :D

Anonymous said...

nice idly & vada-kurry..

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arvind said...

Hi Sumi!
Thanks for the awesome recepie, an authentic vada curry!I just tried it out today, since we had a longweekend and had time in my hands!!Turned out really well!!

Anonymous said...

I had soaked channa dal in the evening and later felt tired and could not grind it after one or two hours. I left overnight and then, tried to make vadas, it seperated out in the oil. Got disappoined and again stored the flour back in fridge. Ran over your site today and got the excellent idea of making adas and then using it in vadai curry....wow...great recipe.

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Anonimous said...

Excellent website. Good work. Very useful. I will bookmark!

4lee said...

Hi Sumi,
I used to eat vadacurry in chennai, where I grew up. Now being a coimbatorean I never had the chance of tasting vadacurry. Your blog helped me, and made my mouth water and the aroma of sombu is just in my memories. I am going to cook it right away and btw I love cooking and its my hobby. did u try curd semiya with mango pickles..Its great on sunny day..:)

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Preethi Ram said...

hey a great breakfast and a yummy vadakari recipe. great work.

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Sree said...

Love this vadacurry, I make sure that I taste it every time I go to chennai.Thanks for the recipe :)

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