Saturday, August 27, 2011
Aama vadai or Vadai prepared using bengal gram dal is a standard dish required to celebrate all the festivals in South Indian homes.With the addition of onion and some spices it can be turned out into a delicious Masal Vadae - a spicy snack.
Vadai occupies an important place among the prasaadams prepared for Sri Ganesha Chaturti as well.
Lord Ganesha is referred to as Dantin (The one who has tusks ) in the ancient sacred texts. Dantin is described as holding a corn sheaf in one hand and a sugar cane in the other. He is the protector of crops and His rat mount symbolises that He controls pests and assures of a bountiful harvest.
Here is a Vadai for Sri Ganesha prepared with His favourite corn - Sholam - which He holds in His hand.
Frozen corn - 1 cup
Bengal gram flour/besan - 1 cup
Rice flour - 2 tbsps
Chopped green chillies - 1 tsp
Chopped coriander and dil leaves - 2 tbsps
Chopped fresh ginger - 1 tsp
Chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Hot Oil - 2 tbsps
Oil for frying
1. Defrost the corn and squeeze out the excess water.
2. Mix all the ingredients together adding 1 tbsp of hot oil.
4. Mix in the remaining 1 tbsp of oil so that the dough does not stick to your hand.
5. Heat oil.
6.Pinch a small lemon size ball of dough and pat it into a round vadai on your wet palm.
7.Slide the vadai into hot oil.
Offer the hot and crisp Shola Vadais with soft interiors to Lord Ganesha and relish the Ganesha Prasaadam.