Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Vada Curry - Old Recipe With New Pictures

This is one of the initial recipes I posted as soon as started my blog. Though the pictures are not so good this remains the most popular recipe of this blog till date. So when I got a new SLR camera this weekend, I got all excited and planned to give the pictures for this recipe a makeover .

Click here to read my old post.

This is one my Mom's classic and she never fails to make this whenever I visit. This recipe is different from the hotel version calorie wise as the vada's are not deep fried instead made by crumbling thick Adai/Dosa, which gives a unique flavor to the dish. It doesnt take muchtime, if we plan a little ahead. My mom alwys soaks the dhal and makes the adai the previous day night, and then crumble them in the morning to make this delicious side dish. I am re-posting the recipe here.

1/2 cup channa dhal (soaked for two hours)
1/2 cup Thoor dhal
1tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp jeera

1 inch cinnamon strip
3 cloves
1 bay leaf
1 tsp fennel seeds
3 tblsp ginger garlic paste
 2 green chillies , slit
1 medium sized onion chopped finely
2 medium sized tomatoes chopped finely
1 cup chopped coriander leaves
1tsp chilli powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp tumeric powder
salt as needed
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 cinnamon, cloves , fennel, and bay leaf to it.
When the cloves pop add the chopped onions and fry till translucent.
Add the ginger garlic paste.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 about 4 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.
Simmer in very low flame for 10 mins.
The chana dhal mixture will soak up all the liquid. Add the chopped coriander leaves and stir well.

Enjoy with hot steaming idlies or spongy dosa's


DivyaGCP said...

Vada kurry looks so delicious and inviting.. Nice clicks!!

Mahi said...

Making adai for vada curry is quite interesting! Looks yum!

Mahi said...

BTW, you have added word verification again Sumi?

Chandrani said...

Vada Curry looks yummy.

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Looks of my favorites

Gexton said...

I'm not familiar with fennel seeds but this is good to know the benefits of this fennel seeds
sesame seeds
fennel seeds

Jaleela Kamal said...

perfect for dosa
some time i also prepare , vadai /adai

divya said...

Very beautiful and yummy...

Julie said...

tempting one!!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

inviting looking curry

Jay said...

looks so tempting n very very yumm
Tasty Appetite

Maha Gadde said...

Delicious.looks very tempting

Akila said...

My favorite n tempting...

Event: Dish name starts with Q till Feb 28th

Amuds said...

Itz one of my favourites!!!Lovely clicks sumi..

Cham said...

Making into adai and crumbling is a neat idea, i use to steam. So how is the new toy (Camera)?

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