Saturday, August 30, 2008

Ama Vadai - Fried Lentil Ball

Ama vadais and payasam are indispensable dishes in all festivals and feasts. Though there are varieties of vadai recipes, Ama vadai occupies the foremost position in a menu prepared for any festival. Ama vadai is prepared by frying a flattened ball of ground lentil and spice. Children and adults alike love to pop the vadais into their mouths, as and when they are fried. Many a time I have been left with no vadais to serve on the leaf at meal time. Old people love it when soaked in Rasam or Mor Kuzhambu.
I have heard of a gigantic cousin of my grand father who used to consume a basketful of vadais at one sitting as he chatted with his friends. Just imagine the plight of the old aunt who had to grind the enormous quantities of the vadai dough in those ‘pre- electric mixer’ days!

INGREDIENTS: Bengal gram dal - 2 cups
Red chillies - 4
Ginger – 2 inch piece
Asafoetida – 1 pinch
Curry leaves – a few
Fresh grated coconut- ¾ tea cup
Salt – 1 1/2 tsp
1. Soak Bengal gram dal with red chillies for half an hour.

2. Grind ginger, asafoetida and the soaked chillies with little of the soaked dal.
3. Now add the remaining soaked and drained dal and salt to the mixer and grind into a coarse mixture. Do not add water, as the mixture should be thick.
4. Mix in the grated coconut and shredded curry leaves into the dough. The vadai mixture is now ready.
5. Heat oil in a kadai.
6. Take  ¾ tablespoon of the vadai mixture and shape into a small ball  using your hand.
7. Keep the ball on the palm of one hand, and lightly press and flatten with three fingers of your other hand, giving the vadai the shape of a turtle’s back.
8. Drop it in hot oil and immediately decrease flame. Frying on  high flame will cook the outer parts faster, and leave the insides uncooked.
9. When the vadai looks cooked, increase heat and continue to fry till it is golden red in colour.
10. Vadais can be cooked in batches of six or eight.
Enjoy them plain or savour it with mint or coconut chutney. 

This is the traditional Ama vadai prepared for festivals or as prasadam /offering to Gods.
Add chopped onion, grated carrot, mint leaves, garlic and cinnamon to the vadai dough to make Party Vadais.

5 Post your Comments:

Anonymous said...

very tasty crunchy item. s.r.

Anonymous said...

tasty food

YOSEE said...

What's a festival or a feast without amavadai ! Very nutritious too !

Sivakamee said...

rainy day,crunchy vaday,

Dibs said...

SR, Anonymous, Yosee, Sivakamee - Yes nothing like hot crunchy vada on a festive day! Great finger food as well.