Friday, January 27, 2012

Uzhuntha Vadai | Ulunthu Vadai | Medhu Vadai

Uzhuntha Vadai / Medhu Vadai, a crispy outside and soft inside appetizer/snack made from urad dal and we prepare this vada on all important occasion in the family and on any festival.  This vada is so good on its own and you don't need any sauce /chutney for this.But in some restaurant this vada is served with coconut chutney and/or sambar, so if you like that, you can serve like that too.
Making this vada is so easy if you grind the urad dal batter perfectly. Urad dal batter should be fluffy & soft and if you have  wet grinder,use that to grind the batter, the wet grinder would give fluffy batter. As i don't have wet grinder with me now, i have used mixie here to make the batter. For a while, i have been using mixie for making idli/dosa batter and i had learned two knacks from my experience on how to grind urad dal batter fluffy. First urad dal should be soaked well before grinding and the second thing is both the mixie jar and the urad dal shouldn't be heated while grinding,so always use ice cold water for grinding the batter.

Uzhuntha vadai | Medhu Vada

Preparation Time : 2 hrs | Cooking Time : 20 minsMakes : 12 
Recipe Category: Snacks | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Urad dal - 1/2 cup
Onion(small) - 1
Green chili - 1 
Curry leaves - few
Salt - to taste
Oil - for frying

Soak the urad dal for 2 hrs. In the meantime, chop the onions, chili into small pieces and keep aside. Drain the water from urad dal and add into the mixie/blender jar.Add ice cold water little by little into urad dal and grind into thick batter. Take the batter in a bowl and add the chopped onions, chilies curry leaves & salt into it.Mix it well and now the batter is ready to make vada. Heat the oil for deep frying. Deep your hand in water and take a small amount of batter.Make a hole in the center of the batter with your thumb.Gently drop into the hot oil and cook on both sides until it becomes crispy and golden brown on both sides. Remove it from oil and put it on tissue paper. Do the same for the remaining batter.Crispy Uzhuntha Vadai is ready.
  • Use good amount of curry leaves, it gives nice flavor to the vada.
  • If you're not comfortable in making shape in hand, then use the polythene sheets/banana leaf.
  • Use good quality urad dal for fluffy batter.
  • Add water little by little while making the batter.
  • If you can't shape the batter, then add few tsp of rice flour & mix well.
  • Ice cold water is must to get fluffy batter if you grind it in mixie/blender.

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