Friday, April 26, 2013

Vadakari

Yet another side dish for Idly / Dosai / Idiyappam.As the name says its a gravy made out of vadas


Ingredients
Part 1 - For making vadas
  • Channa dhal / Kadala parupu - 1 cup
  • Red chilly - 2 or 3 nos
  • Salt - little
  • Oil - for shallow or deep frying
Part 2 - Masala Paste
  • Elachi 2 nos
  • Cloves - 3 nos
  • Cinnamon stick - a small piece
  • Saunf / Sombu - 1 teaspoon
  • Green chilly - 2 or 3
  • Ginger - small piece
  • Garlic - 3 pods
  • Coriander leaves - little
Grind the above items with little water



Part 3 - Tadka and saute
  • Oil - 2 teaspoons
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Onions - 2 (finely chopped)
  • Tomato - 2 (finely chopped)
Part 4 - Others
  • Coconut milk - 1 cup
  • Salt - as needed
  • Coriander leaves - garnish
  • Lemon - 1 (optional)
Method
Step -1 - Preparation of small vadas
  • Soak channa dhal and red chillies for about 2 hours
  • Drain the water from soaked dhal.Grind it to a coarse paste (do not add water at all)
  • Put salt and mix well
  • Make very small balls from the batter

Shallow Frying using paniyaram mold
  • Heat about 1 teaspoon of oil in each and every mold.Drop in small balls prepared in the previous step very carefully into each and every mold

  • After 2 minutes flip the balls to the other side using a spoon (just like making paniyaram) and add 1/2 teaspoon of oil in each mold
  • Ensure that vada is cooked on both the sides
  • Take it out and cool the vadas
  • Crumble it roughly with your fingers or use a potato masher.You can skip this step also

  • You can deep fry the vadas if desired

Step - 2 - Tadka and Sauting
  • Heat oil in a pan.Add bay leaf to it
  • Saute onions and tomatoes well
  • Pour the "Masala Paste" and add salt.Cook till the raw smell goes
Step 3 - Vadakari
  • Take half portion of coconut milk and dilute it with 1/2 cup of water
  • Pour the diluted portion and allow it to boil
  • Now add the shallow fried vadas and mix well
  • Again dilute the remaining coconut milk with 1/2 cup of water and pour it to the above mixture.Let it boil
  • Add chopped coriander leaves and switch off the stove
  • Squeeze lemon if desired
Vadakari is ready.Serve it with Dosa / Idly