A crispy snack for the upcoming cold evenings and also a great way to use up the left over spinach:)
1 cup Channa dhal
1/4 cup Thoor dhal
1/4 cup Urad dhal
2 cloves garlic (optional)
1 inch piece Ginger
1tblsp Fennel seeds
5-6 red chillies
Handful of currry leaves chopped finely
2 cups Spinach, chopped finely
1 cup of onion chopped finely
3 green chillies finely chopped
Soak all the dhals together for about 2 hours.
Grind them coarsely without adding water along with the fennel and red chillies.Sprinkle some water if needed.
Take the mixture in a wide bowl.Add chopped ginger, garlic onions,green chillies, curry leaves ,spinach and required amont of salt.
Mix well and make small balls out of the dough.
Heat up the oil in a deep pot, flatten the ball and slide it to the oil.
Fry till crispy and golden brown.
You can fry 4-5 vadai at a time.
The onion must be chopped finely for the vadais to be intact, otherwise it will break up in the oil.
Take care while adding salt as spinach already has some natural saltness
Do not use frozen spinach for this recipe.
If the dough is loose add couple of tsp's of besan flour to thicken it.