Saturday, February 28, 2009

Parippu Vada and a lazy Sunday evening!!

A lazy Sunday evening in the winter, some hot Parippu Vada(Lentil fritters - thats the best name I could give to our good old snack from South India), a cup of hot black coffee and a nice book to read!! That would be just perfect for an evening like that.

After I clicked this I suddenly started wondering, how in the whole world did I get hold of this combination of parippu vada and kattan kapi(black coffee) as no one at my home has this habit and surprisingly I do not drink coffee/tea at any given point of time except for when having parippu vada. Like people who dip milk bikis biscuit in a piping cup of tea, I dip yummy vada in a hot cup of black coffee!! So for all who haven't had this till date, make sure you try it the next time you eat parippu vada.

  • 1 cup - Chana Dal (Split Bengal gram) some people use Toor dal also
  • 1 small - Onion, finely chopped
  • 3-4 - Green Chillies, finely chopped
  • 1" piece - Ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 sprig - Curry Leaves, finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Soak the chana dal (lentil) for at 2-3 hours.
  • Strain it until the water drains off completely. Coarsely grind the lentil in a mixie. The consistency should be such that some lentils are left whole, some broken and some tiny pieces. Do not add a drop of water at any stage.
  • Add rest all of the ingredients except oil and mix well. Check and adjust the salt content.
  • Heat the oil in a kadhai.
  • Take around 2 tbsp of the lentil mixture and make a ball out of it and then place it in the center of your palm and press it to flatten them using the other palm. The size of the vadas would be same as the center of your palm. The vadas would be at its best if you get it thin. Thicker vadas take longer to cook in the inside.
  • When the oil is hot, gently slide the vadas into the oil and cook on medium flame till both the sides are dark golden brown. Flip when required.
  • Remove from oil and place on kitchen napkins to drain the excess oil.
  • Serve immediately with hot tea or black coffee.
Once the mixture is prepared, do not keep it for long. The ingredients in the mixture like salt and onion starts to leave water, thus making it moist and which makes it difficult to mould.

This recipe is going to participate in the "Lentils Mela"

And now its award time!! Yippeeeeeee

Hema and Varsha have passed on the Emerald Award!! Thanks a lot for considering me as a good friend of yours!!

Varsha has passed on these two awards to me again. Thanks a lot Varsha. But I am still wondering whats the purpose of my blog? ...... And I guess finally I've arrived on an answer - to virtually feed the whole world and to pass on a smile all around!

To share my happiness I would like to pass the awards on to some of my new found friends and some well deserving bloggers - Ann, Swapna, Vibaas, Soma, Nags, Mahimaa, Viki, Malluspice, Mathew, Hema and Superchef.


Preety said...

i love frnd actually told me that they eat these in a breakfast also..i love to eat as a snack anytime..they looks crispy and perfect

mathew said...

gracias...gracias..what caught my eye along with parippu vada is the book..coz am currently reading "one hundred years of solitude"..

parippu vada is a favourite train journey snack of mine..

Ann said...

What a tempting presentation Divz..I feel like sharing the mood now..(even i use chana dal and toor dal both )

Kitchen Flavours said...

Combo sounds crazyyyyyyyyyyyyyly yum. Will try this soon. Congratulations on all deserving awards. Keep rocking.

Maria said...

parippu vada looks so crispy, its one of my fav tea time snacks n also a fav train snack :) and congrats on your awards!!

Adlak's tiny world said...

Lazy sunday no no no! on c ing this crispy vadas everyone can get more energy particularly me..

hm... crunch munch hey i started eating those yar i m busy don disturb ok.

thank u for yr lovely treat along with pretty awards.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

vada dipped in cofy? very new to me.. will try next time :)

those vadas look super yummy.. feel like grabbing some. thanks for the award Divz !! appreciate it very much.

Chitra said...

Hi divz,first time in ur blog ,cool,nice collections..COngrats on ur award..I too made this vada as dumplings for morkuzhambu..looks great:)

Chitra said...

Have a look at my blog when u r free..Hope u'll like it:)

Mallugirl said...

thanks for the award, divz!! i know kapi goes well with Gabriel Marquez, but never introd' him to parippu vada.

Vicky Xavier. said...

vadas look inviting dear. Can I take my share:)
Congrats on all ur awards. I am sure u deserve them a lot.
Thanks for sharing it with me. I feel so great to get them from u.

Malar Gandhi said...

Congrats on the award, you deserve more and more in the future...vada looks crispy and inviting, can I grab one...with coffee sounds nice to me, count me in.

Superchef said...

congratulations on those awards and thanks a ton for thinking of me :):) the parippu vada looks soo very inviting, especially in this weather here :)

Vibaas said...

congrats on your awards and thx so much for thinking of me. i feel so honored.

can i have some of those yummy vadas along with these awards? ;-)

Asha said...

Slurp! Wish I had those now. It;s freezing here. Looks absolutely delicious, good one! :))

Divz said...

preety...generally urad dal vadas r had for breakfast...and lentil vadas r tea time snack..but who defines the can break them anytime for food.. :P

mathew...ohh thats great to current read is love in the time of cholera..pakshe vada thinnunna karanam ente book vayanayokke slow aanu!!

thanks ann..

lubna dearie..thanks a lot.. :)

maria...ya i know its a good train snack as well..but i somehow miss my kattun kaapi.. :(

hema...ya u r right.. this vada can wake u up from sleep..and i loved ur "crunch munch" reminds me of the rabbit in the old lijjat papad ad!!

thanks mahi...pls grab ur share of vadas too..

thanks chitra...vada in yoghurt is something i have heard but not yet tried!! couple of my tamilian friends had mentioned it..

u r welcome shaheen...ya high time v introduce gabriel chetan to parippu vada..just a trial for tht...hope gabriel marquez reads my blog..he he he

thanks viki for ur sweet words...u too deserve a lot more awards!!

malar...u r always welcome home...pls do eat as many as u want..

thanks superchef...ya it goes best in the winters and rainy seasons!! enjoy them

thanks vibaas...pls have ur share too..but i hope u get them..i have already shared it with lot others.. ;) wud b yum to have these hot hot vadas when its cold..
just visited ur blog..u too have a great one...

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Swapna Pravin said...

Masala vadai is my hubby fav. Very cute presentation. Keep rocking :)

Trupti said...

Vadas looks lovely & mouthwatering..Congratulations on all awards

Divz said...

girija...pls do try and lemme know how it turned out..u have good collection of videos..

thanks a lot swapna..

thanks trupti...

Varsha Vipins said...

the whole pic is making me lazy..:(

veena said...

it looks lovely da..njan sure aayum try cheyyum kettooo