Thursday, January 14, 2010

Uzunthu Vadai For Pongal

Wish You all a Very Happy Pongal



Pongal to me is never complete with this yummy soft and crispy Vadai's. This snack makes its presence in almost all of the South Indian festivals and especially for Tamilians its a must. In my household we relish the left over vada soaked in sambhar(specially made for Pongal) in the evening during tea time. The recipe is pretty simple and standard and there's not much variation to it. Its always soak and  grind the urad dhal , add some chillies onions , ginger and salt,  shape it and fry it.
But the grinding of the dough  and the "shape it " part is the most tricky one to get perfect crispy on the outside and soft inside type of vadai's. Its requires skill and one can master it through experience.

With much further Ado, here is my version of these yummy treats...
BTW ..I made these for last Pongal(2009) and finally made it to the blog after hibernating for a year in my archives.


Ingredients:
1 cup Urad dhal soaked for a minimum 2 hrs
1 medium onion,
1 green chilli finely chopped
1 inch ginger finely chopped
1 tblsp rice powder ( adds to the crispiness)
few curry leaves finely chopped

Method:
Gring the Urad dhal in a mixer, by adding water little at a time.If your mixer screams for water add some more. The right way to test if your dough is done is to drop a small ball of the dough in a cup of water. If the drop springs back immediatly to the surface, then you are done
Another trick lies in the onion. Always thinly slice the onion, if you chop it finely, the onion oozes out water and the vadai will soak up oil.Add the sliced onion only when you are ready to fry the vadai's, the reason being the same as mentioned above.

Heat oil about an inch deep in a deep pan. The oil should be moderetly hot.
Add all the other chopped ingredients like curry leaves, ginger, chillies and rice powder.Mix well.
Take a lemon sixed ball in your hand , make a hole in the centre and drop it gently in the oil. Wet your fingers each time you make the vadai
If you find the dough to be watery add little bit more of rice flour to thicken it.
Alternatly you can also use a greased plastic sheet, or platain leaf to make the vadais.
Fry on both sides till golden brown.
 Drain it on a paper towel.
Serve with sambhar or chutney or as it is.



19 comments:

Asha said...

Great looking sweet and spicy combo Sumi. Great presentation of Urad vadas. Happy Pongal.

Padma said...

Happy Pongal to you and your family Sumi.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Crispy vadas!

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Happy Pongal to u too..Sweet pongal looks great. I have the same combo in India made by my MIL. Took pictures but will post after I return home.
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Tina said...

Vadai looks perfect and crispy...

Soma Pradhan said...

I love the way u have presented the vadas..like kebabs

shanthi said...

My favourite always

Happy cook said...

I do really wish i could grab few of those crspy looking vadas.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Both the dishes look awesome.

Nostalgia said...

This is my favorite vada.. very nice...

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Wow Sumi that's a very crispy vadai with pongal...looks yummy and delicious..nick click too..First time here...do join as a follower too..

Usha said...

Happy Pongal Sumi ! Vadais look perfect, great presentation !

Priya Narasimhan said...

vada looks crispy and pongal looks delicious..

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This is a great looking combo! Happy Pongal!

Parita said...

Lovely pictures, belated wishes for pongal!

San!!! said...

Lovely vadas which iam fond of.The combo with sweet pongal is a hit always.I did not make vadas for pongal which i repented later :( but iam happy now seeing your pics.

sunshinecookie said...

Mmm..! Wondeful and looks like a great appetiser for my Menu Plan Monday event!! :)

RV said...

Yummy vadas.. they look crispy and perfect...

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Wow wonderful recipes and mouthwatering pics... Nice vada, potato fry and the dhal... My first visit here, shall come by for more... Lovely space...

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