Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Chettambade/Daal Vada


The Konkani word "Chettambade" indicates flat vadas/fritters. It also goes by the name "daal vada" in Mumbai. I tried to recreate my grandma's signature recipe which used to be crispy from outside and soft from inside.

Chettambade/Daal vada
Chana Daal Fritters
Ingredients
1 cup chana daal, soak for 4 - 6 hours


Grind to a coarse paste
Drained daal, leave 2 tbsp daal aside
1" ginger, peeled
3-4 byadgi chilies
1/2 tsp asafoetida
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 cup fresh coconut (you can use more if you please)
salt to taste

Mix in the batter
2 tbsp drained daal
2 sprigs curry leaves, torn
2 tbsp fresh coconut pieces/naarLachya KaataLya
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
2 tbsp chopped cilantro/coriander leaves


Oil for deep frying
1 tbsp super hot oil for mohan

Method
1. Drain soaked daal. Keep 2 tbsp daal aside.
2. Grind the daal with remaining ingredients for grinding.
3. Stir in  2 tbsp daal and curry leaves, coconut pieces, onion and cilantro.
4. Heat oil for deep frying.
5. Add 1 tbsp super hot oil to the batter. This makes vadas crispy and fluffy.
6. Make 16 small balls. Flatten them with hand.
7. Deep fry the vadas till they are darkish brown in color.

Note -
1. Frying these vadas can be tricky. They will appear to be ready but may not be cooked through. So make sure to fry on medium to low heat. So they are cooked well but not burnt.

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