Mar 30, 2011

Parippu Vada (Lentil Fritters)

Vadas are a traditional South Indian snack made with lentils, potato, or gram flour, shaped into doughtnuts or flat discs, and deep fried.  Parippu vadas are made with tuvar dal (split pigeon peas), but I have made these with chana dal (split chickpeas) - kind of like an Indian-version of a falafel. 

You will need:

3/4 cup of bengal gram dal - wash and soak for 3 hours.

parippu vada lentil fritters recipe


Drain the soaked dal, grind to a coarse paste with barely any water.  This should be a coarse paste with bits of dal seen in it.  (A better way to do it - take about 1/4 of the soaked dal and grind to a thickish puree with little bit of water.  Then add the remaining dal, no water, and make a coarse drier paste.  I haven't yet tried this, though.)

parippu vada lentil fritters recipe
Grind to a coarse paste.

Chopped Additions:

5-6 tablespoons finely chopped shallots (can substitute with red onions)
2 green chilies finely chopped (serrano/thai chilies)
About 10-12 curry leaves finely choped - that would be about 2 sprigs (can substitute with corriander leaves if you don't have curry leaves)
1-inch piece of ginger - finely chopped

parippu vada lentil fritters recipe


Mix everything together with salt to taste (add salt either while grinding or now).

parippu vada lentil fritters recipe

Mix, shape into flat...umm..flat shapes...:P  I keep them on a grease-proof paper so it's easier to take it off and fry.

parippu vada lentil fritters recipe
parippu vada lentil fritters recipe

Fry and leave to drain on paper to remove any excess oil.  Serve hot - best served with coconut chutney, ideally.  I did say ideally, because..tomato sauce is much faster :P

parippu vada lentil fritters recipe


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