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Monday, June 22, 2009

Vada/Garelu - A South Indian Lentil Doughnut

Vada/Garelu is yet another South Indian lentil based recipe. There are many variations in this recipe. A simple vada/garae is prepared by soaking urad dal for 5-6 hours then grinding by adding sliced onions and salt, then deep frying till golden. I always make it a point to prepare a simple and easy breakfast during the week days. As I have to cook and pack lunch also. But on weekends entirely a different story. A weekend is a time to relish upon some dainty breakfast delicacies may be some heavy breakfast which will turn into brunch at times.

When I say cooking is one and the most efficient form of stress buster, cooking together is much more fun and weekend is perfect time to do this. Call your loved ones and cook something with their involvement (may be little)....this will fill the air with not only the aroma of food but also with the joy, fun and laughter.

Cooking together not only distresses but also gives you a quantity and quality time to spend together. Hmm isn't it? So, get ready and plan a crazy rocking weekend. Be careful and never forget that you are in kitchen (hehehehe). Now coming to the recipe. Vada(s) or Garelu (telugu) can vary in shape and size, usually look like doughnut. Even though they are deep fried the, finished product will not be too oily as the steam build-up within the vada pushes all the oil away from within the vada.

Vada

The above picture is going to participate in Click:Stacks, event by Jai and Bee of Jugalbandi. To check the updated entries ofr Click:Stakes click here.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups Urad dal/black gram
  • 2 tbsp raw Rice
  • 1 tbsp Chana dal
  • 1 Onion, peeled and fienly chopped
  • 1 tbsp Jeera/cumin seeds
  • 6-9 fresh Curry leaves
  • 2 Green chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • Salt
  • Oil for frying

Vada

PREPERATION:

  • Combine urad dal, raw rice and chana dal. Wash throughly for 2-3 times and soak for 5-6 hours.
  • Using a colander strain all the water from the dal and grind it to paste by just sprinkling drops of water if needed.
  • In a bowl mix chopped onions, green chillies, jeera, curry leaves and salt. Mix well by adding above ground paste.
  • Pour enough oil in a kadai or heavy bottom cooking vessel for deep frying. Slowly heat up the oil, but not too hot.
  • Wet your hands with oil or water and take a lemon sized ball from the batter and flatten it on a greased plastic sheet or plantain leaf to form a circle, put a hole on the center with your finger.
  • Slowly and carefully drop it into the hot oil and fry on both the sides on a medium flame, till the vada is nice golden in color.
  • Once the vada's are completely cooked take them out on a kitchen tissue/kitchen towel and repeat the process till the batter is completed.
  • Serve hot with coconut chutney/ peanut chutney/ sambar/ karivepaaku karam podi.
  • Last but not least add your 'love' to make the dish 'YUMMY'.

Vada

A generous drop of ghee on a hot golden vada with little spicy karivepaaku karam podi and fresh flavoured just grounded coconut chutney is all you need to seduce your taste buds.

Vada

TIPS:

  • Do not over heat the oil; this may burn the vada's.
  • Do not overload the kadai or cooking vessel with too many vada's, this may result in uncooked vada's.

Coconut Chutney

The above recipe is going to participate in MLLA - Twelfth Helping hosted by Apu of Annarasa, event by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook.

59 comments:

rekhas kitchen said...

wow wow garelu in one of all time favorite breakfast looks so soft and fluffy yummmy and what a pic. s lubna each and every pic. looks so so so so so beautiful yummmmmmmmmmmmm.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Thank you so much for a lovely comment and adoring words.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Never added raw rice and channa dal before in vadas,next time will try and see,my mom hav told adding channa dal reduces vadas drinking oil!

Happy cook said...

Wow that looks so so so yummy yumm delcious.
Wish i could make them, i have tried to make them but it was always a disaster.
Beautiful and delcious.

Sush said...

yummilicious snaps..

Varunavi said...

Wonderful snaps lubna and vada looks so crispy :)

Parita said...

Looks mouth watering lubna, gorgeous clicks...m drooling over the wadas, made me hungry :)

Katy ~ said...

Oh, this looks mighty good! Beautiful pictures!

Priya said...

WOwow drooling here rite now...Hope now my blog works out for u..i haved removed few things in main page...Send me some vada, looks gorgeous Lubna!

April Marie Claire said...

OH this looks lush, I am missing out not being in India.... = (

Curry Leaf said...

Yummy yummy yummy vadas.I never get them correctly .The stack looks mouthwatering

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Looks so good... Yummy!

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Never tried adding raw rice, channa dal. Yummy vada, beautiful clicks.

Smitha said...

OOOOO... I am drooling over the Vadas!! Looks soo good

chakhlere said...

woww!! It looks so mouthwatering!!
i loved the stack!!

Khaugiri said...

Vada are looking really tempting!!!!!!!! So fluffy. I'll try these vada with rice and chana dal now.

Padma said...

Vada has come out so perfect Lubna.... nice clicks...

5 Star Foodie said...

Yum! I love the idea of a savory doughnut!

Sailaja said...

your snaps make mw hungry....

Pooja said...

Lovely Vadas Lubna! They have turned out crisp and perfect. I usually make the simple vada with urad dal. Guess adding channa dal and rice gives more crispiness. Should try next. And awesome and tempting shots!!

munchcrunchandsuch said...

wow..that vada with a piece taken off is sure haunting me..this is my most fav thing..I am known to eatas many as 5-8 at one time.

Srilakshmi said...

My first time here... I'm drooling over the pics.. I simply love garelu.. great recipe!

DEESHA said...

thatz a perfect pic for Click-Stacks

rahin said...

am craving for some after looking at the pics :)

Ashwini said...

vada loooks perfect.. i luv ur clicks

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Wow those look great! I have never seen lentil doughnuts but I bet they are awesome!

kittymatti said...

You take such lovely pics Lubna..so whatz the secret??

Mangala Bhat said...

awsome clicks ...:).looks soo soft and perfect :)

Renu said...

nice pictures...I make these too but without hole.....will try making hole next time, nice tip

Juliana said...

Wow, this is an interesting recipe...lentil doughnut...sounds and looks so delicious...curry, yummie!

Preeti Singh said...

I love vadas lubna... looks so good and perfect....

Kalai said...

Vadai is my favorite!! Yours have come out perfect. You're so right about getting in the kitchen together. With my husband, it's more like dragging him in kicking and screaming! :)

veena said...

Lubna ...
Vada looks so beatiful dear ..Perfect shape and the clicks so tempting ...

Kitchen Flavours said...

Thank you Raks Kitchen, Happy Cook, Sush, Varunavi, Parita, Katy, Priya, April Marie, Curry Leaf, HomeCookedOriyaFood, A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine, Smitha, Chakhlere, Khaugiri, Padma, 5 Star Foodie, Sailaja, Pooja, Munchcrunchandsuch, SriLakshmi, Deesha, Rahin, Ashwini, JennDZ, Kittymatti, Mangala, Renu, Juliana, Preeti, Kalai and Veena.

Pavithra said...

Thats looking so good and tempting... nice clicks too

Valarmathi said...

Vada looks crispy and yummy. Wonderful pictures.

Priya Narasimhan said...

Lubna,
your photographs are too good and so are your recipes. I am so glad to have visited your blog.
Priya.

Gita said...

Lovely pictures Lubna...the vadas looks so crispy and yummy all stacked up :)

Hetal said...

yumm..i love vada! especially dhai vada!

MamaFaMi said...

Gosh, I just loveeeeeee this! Eaten with fresh green chillie! Yummy!

Yasmeen said...

mouthwatering delicacy,love them with coconut chutney:)

sangi said...

wow!i cant't control...

Preety said...

that's a perfect click for the event..and vadas looks so good making me hungry even though i just had my dinner:)

mycookinghut said...

Looks good. I also make quite similar snack like this but different texture. I love this south indian snack!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Thank you Pavithra, Valarmathi, Priya, Gita, Hetal, Mama, Yasmeen, Sanghi and Preety.

Doloncookbook said...

Wow .... Nice recipe & beautiful pictures .

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a fabulous speciality! Those doughnuts, together with the chutney looo so scrumptious!

Cheers,

Rosa

Ivy said...

They look delicious and lovely click as well. Good luck.

Aysha said...

Lovely vadas..I am sure it will taste the best!!Nice clicks.

Kerstin said...

I always destress by cooking too! I've never heard of lentil doughnuts before, but they look amazing - you make it look so easy :)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Thank you Dolon, Rosa, Ivy, Aysha and Kerstin.

Nazarina A said...

This is yummilicious! Who can resist a savory doughnut?!!!

Red Chillies said...

Beautiful pictures as always Lubna. It is a treat.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Thank you Nazarina and Red Chillies.

nora@ffr said...

vat a perfect dish for breafast. love the pics very much. keep it up

Kitchen Flavours said...

Thank you Nora.

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks really delicious! It's a really interesting way to eat lentils.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Thank you Fearless Kitchen.

Aisha Jameel said...

wow !! i love wadas and the pics look so tempting :) thanks so much for stopping by ...
i'm following you now , i would be really glad if you follow my blog as well @ http://kitchensojourn.blogspot.com :) thx

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