There are many names for this famous South Indian delicacy. These crispy vadas are loved by all. I remember while growing up, my brother used to pester aayi to make these often. She would serve it with coconut chutney. I have remained a fan over the years. I like to order these whenever we go to any Indian restaurant here or any restaurant in India. I love mine dipped in sambar.
Everyone likes to flavor their vadas differently. I add curry leaves, green chillies and/or pepper, coconut pieces to mine. One of the basic requirements to get these perfect is to grind with very less water. I use my ultra grinder to make the batter. Ever since I bought this, I am making the perfect, crispy vadas at home.
2 cups urad dal
2 tbl spns coconut pieces
5-6 curry leaves
1 tea spn black pepper or 4 green chillies cut into pieces
Soak urad dal in water for few hours.
Grind it to a smooth batter without adding too much water. Now add coconut, curry leaves and pepper(or green chillies), salt.
Apply some water to your palm. Take a small ball of the batter and give it a round shape. Make a hole (thootu) in the center. (Below I have used a parchment paper to help in taking picture. But palm of your hand works best in my opinion).
Heat oil and slide these vadas very carefully. Fry till they are crispy.
Serve while they are still hot with sambar and/or chutney.
Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 30mins