Thursday, June 17, 2010

Vadai vadai -Uzhunnu vadai Parippu vadai Ulli vadai/Lentil Donut Dal Donut Onion Donut

Today I am going to share with you guys some snack items. That is none other than everyones favorite snack:Vadas.Uzhunnu(Urududal) vadai (Lentil Donuts) Parippu vadai (Dal Donuts) and Ulli vadai (Onion Donuts) . Our favorite one is uzhunnu vadai. So i  thought i can start with the  uzhunnu vadai recipe.

I think these vadai always bring all of us to 2 places - tea shop ( chayakada) and railway station .In train we can always hear the tea selling guy's voice as vadai vadai. and whereever we go we can see one or the other tea shops.All tea shops (chayakada) in India always have anyone of these vadas..some of them carry all these vadas. I do remember, during my school days we had tuition classes at early morning. So father used to drop me at the bus stop where there was a tea shop. I always liked to watch the activities happening arround that tea-shop. The teashop uncle would  be busy with preparing tea for customers and the newspaper boy would be there setting up the daily new papers for distribution. Also, there would be around 5-10 middle aged people in the shop having their morning tea and reading and talking about the news. I always enjoy watching those things. My father also join with them and enjoy the talk. During exam time I would be so tensed and even at the bus stop I would be reading the book (last moment study doesn't mean anythng but for our own satisfaction)..but the routines at the tea-shop would be as usual..That time I always complained to mom: "Amma, I want to be like father because he doesn't have any exam tension and he always enjoy chatting with friends at the tea-shop but I have exam tensions and have  to study that is so sad..". Mom always consoled me by saying: "Study-time is the best time in life and you don't have any other responsibilities other than just studying..." Yes that is really true. When I was writing about the vada recipes all these memories came to my mind so just write down thats all.
Ok let me tell about the cooking procedure of vadas.All these three vadas are very delicious and have unique taste.I always felt the parippu vada is so easy..because the uzhunnu and ullivadai needs to be in the right consistency then only we can get the right shape and taste..First few times I hardly prepared these vadas with proper shape. What i used to do was just prepare with some shape not perfect anytime..Even though it tasted like vada but looked like something else. For getting right shape just make the batter in right consistency without adding too much water. But we can't grind the urdu dal without adding water. so just sprinkle some water and make the paste then add the onion and green chili pepper and curry leaves. If u can't make it in right shape leave it just make small balls and fry it thats also taste good.About the ulli vada,the cooking style is different in my place and mil's i added my amma's & mil's recipe. my mom prepare it in a simple i prepare both. i am sharing both their recipes .both tastes too delicious.So first i can share the uzhunnu vadai recipe..thats my husband's favorite.Ok let me start with our favorite vadai.
1.Uzhunnu Vadai (Lentil Donut/Urad Dal Fritters)
Split uraddal: 1 cup
Water: for grinding
Pearl onion/Red onion:10 nos/ 1 small
Green chili: 2 no
ginger:1 small size
Curry leaves: 1 spring
Pepper corns: 10 nos(optional)
salt : to taste
  • Soak the dal for 1-2 hour.make a nice paste of the soaked dal by adding very little water and enough salt
  • chop the pearl onion/red onion,green chili,ginger nicely.
  • In a bowl mix the grinded dal with chopped chili, onion ,ginger and curry leaves.
  • Take a small quantity of the vada mix and apply some oil on the palm,transfer them into the palm  and press and shape it using fingers.
  • Dip the first finger in water and make a hole in the shaped vada mix.Repeat the same steps with  remaining dalmix. 
  • Heat oil in a pan.just drop the shaped mix into the heated oil and deep fry until the vadas get nice brown color.Change the side accordingly.
  • Transfer the fried dal vadas into the kitchen tissues that way u can avoid the excess oil on it.
The delicious vada ia ready.Have it with hot tea
Cook's tip
  • Do not add more water while grinding the dal.
  • The mix should be in right consistency otherwise the vada will be so thick.
  • If u like u can add peppercorns otherwise just discard it..
  • According to your taste add more green chilies.
2.Parippu Vadai(Dal Donuts/Dal Fritters)

Very easy to prepare one..I always prefer this one because of its easiness and taste.Here i used the Channa dal too..Usually this vada is prepared with Toor dal only.. if u like u can add the channa dal ..both ways it taste delicious.
Toor Dal/thomara parippu: 1 cup
channa dal: 1/4 Cup(optional)
Red onion: 1/2 portion
Green chili: 1 no
Ginger: small size(optional)
Oil : for frying
salt: as required
water: for grinding

  • Soak the dals for 4-5 hours.Drain them using a strainer.
  • Chop the onion green chili and ginger.
  • By adding very little water grind the dals..Make a coarse paste only.
  • Combine  the chopped onion,green chili ginger  curryleaves and  the grinded dal. mix all together
  • Make medium size balls from the dalmix,just  apply some oil on the palm. place the dal mix on the palm  and shape it using your fingers.just keep them in  a plate..Repeat the same steps with  remaining dal mix.
  • Heat oi in a pan.once the oil get heated drop the vada into the oil.
  • Fry until getting nice brown color.change the side in between 
  • Transfer the fried dal vadas into the kitchen tissues that way u can avoid the excess oil on it.
The Delicious vada is ready to have.Have it with tea.
Cook's tip
  • Make a coarse paste of dals.otherwise  u won't get the right taste and shape.
  • if u like u can add some chili powder instead of green chili..
  • I used the red onion..u cn use pearl onion too.Pearl onion will give good taste.
  • Do not grind the onion and chili with the dal.but u have to chop them nicely.
3.Ulli vadai(Onion Donuts/Onion Fritters)
Ulli vada is different in southern part and northern parts of kerala...this is northern kerala style ulli taste really good.
Maida/All purpose flour: 1 cup
onion: 2 medium sized
Green chili: 2 nos
baking powder: 1 tsp
curry leaves: 1 spring
salt: to taste
water: enough
  • Mix maida, salt and baking powder by adding little amount of water and salt.
  • Chop the onion and green chili  nicely.
  • combine the  chopped ingredients with the maida mix.mix well and make a dough with the consistency in between chapathi dough and the dosa batter.(neither dry nor watery)
  • Keep the dough for 45 minutes-1 hour.then only u can use the dough for the preparation otherwise vada won't puff up.
  • Make medium size balls from the dough,just  apply some oil on the palm . place the dough balls on the palm and shape it and then dip the first finger in water and make a hole in the center ,keep the shaped vadas in  a plate.Repeat the same steps with  remaining dough.
  • Heat oil in a pan.fry the vadamix in hot oil..fry until both sides became golden color and crispy.
  • Transfer the fried vadas into the kitchen tissue so that u can drain the excess oil.
The delicious Ulli vada is ready to have have it with hot tea.
Cook's Tip
  • Keep the knead flour for 45 minutes-1 hour then only it will be good for use.
  • Chop the onion very nicely otherwise u can't make the vada into the right shape.
  • Do not add excess water for mixing the apl flour.
4.Ullivada-2(Onion Donuts/OnionFritters)
Amma used to prepare the ullivada in this way.Southern kerala special ulivada.
Besan Flour: 1/2 cup-1 cup
Red chili powder: 1-2 tsp
Asafoetida:1/2 tsp
salt : to taste
Red Onion/White Onion : 1 medium sized
  • Mix the flour with red chili powder ,asafoetida ,salt .add very little water and knead the flour to make a  dough..but u do not make it as a chapathi dough.note that when you add onion, it will become more loose.So just make the consistency in between chapathi and idli batter..neither so thick nor loose
  • Slice the onion into very thin pieces.
  • Mix the sliced onion into the flour mix  very nicely.
  • Heat oil in a pan.Take very small quantity of the onion vada mix and drop them into the oil.
  • Fry them  until the vadas get nice brown color.Change the side accordingly.
  • Transfer the fried ulli vada into the kitchen tissues that way u can avoid the excess oil on it.
The delicious ulli vada is ready to have .have it with  hot tea
Cook's Tip
  • You can use white onion/Red onion.Red onion give more taste.Here i used White onion.(red onion was out of stock)
  • Do not add excess water while making the flour mix.
  • slice  the onion into very thin.otherwise it will take more time to fry as well as needs more oil too.
  • According to ur taste add more red chili powder.

    68 Said:

    jeyashrisuresh said...

    nice memories. all the vadas look nice.the ulli vada is new to that very much

    BeenaShylesh said...

    hai my dear....entha manaporutham..i was thinkg to make Uzhunnu Vadai for tomarows break fast....all the vadas are perfectyily made..all are delisious...and ulli vada is new to me...for me ulli vada is some thing another

    Priya said...

    Omg, beautiful vadais, all ar my favourite, especially i love onion vadas very much with spicy coconut chutney..

    Umm Mymoonah said...

    All your vadas looks yummy ya, mouthwatering, perfect:-)

    Sushma Mallya said...

    looks mouthwatering and perfect!!!

    Uma said...

    Rani, perfect shape! when i make vadas, the donut shape is always missing :)
    i want to join u for tea.. mouthwatering :) said...

    Vadas galore here.I am loving al of them and its hard to choose which one.Maybe should try and make all three.Pity blogosphere hasn't invented scratch nad snif or virtual tasting yet.:)
    I will book mark and try soon.Thanks for such a variety in vadas.

    Padhu said...

    A vada mela!! I can smell it here .All the vadas look fantastic .

    Rach said...

    Yummy :) Pass it all for me :)

    Rachana said...

    All the vadai's look so tempting :-)

    Sarah Naveen said...

    Perfect !!perfect !!!perfect!!! ellam perfect...
    athey the title kettappo, nattil trainil ingane vilihcu paranjondu poville...athu orma vannu....sho i miss that now :(
    ivide enagnum aduthu ayirunnu veedu enkil enikku ennum enthokke kazhikamayirunnu eee kitchenil ninnu...sho!!!

    Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

    Oh how interesting.
    But I bet they are greeeaaat!

    VineelaSiva said...

    Hai Prani all the vadas looks very yummy.U make me hungry.The vadas looks very inviting.Thanx for sharing with us.

    Satya said...

    vada is also my hubby's favorite ,i used to prepare 1st 2 type o vadas but last one is new to me ...i have to try this n if it came out well i will let u know.....

    divya said...

    Wowwwwwwwwww... pani all vadas looks very tempting and mouthwatering .....can u pass the all vadas to me.

    Kairali sisters said...

    Daivame..ethellam koode engane onnichu post cheythu enthina engane kothipikkune prani..Heavenly. i like all of them..Really da vada kanumpole train yatra anu orma varuka..

    Suji (KS)

    Aparna said...

    omgg mouth watering...these are my favs...i luv all this

    PS said...

    Hi Prani, all the vadas are absolutely yummy..they looks very tempting.. i must say you are a good vada shaper, lol all the vadas have taken a nice round shape..

    sowmya's creative saga said...

    parappu vadai is my favourite.

    Nitha said...

    Beautiful and drool-worthy vadas... Love all of them..

    arthi said...

    wow!!looks crunchy and drooling here :)

    Nostalgia said...

    Love them.. Only if I didn't have to care about the oil I would have had them every day. Your pics and recipe are fab.

    Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

    Those vadas are so perfect..We simply love them. Great job !!!

    Mary said...

    What wonderful treats. I loved the story you shared with them. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

    Suja Sugathan said...

    OMG, all vadas together..kodipikkale,your vadas looks crispy and yummy, perfect..title adipoli, train yatra orma varunnu:)

    Suman Singh said...

    Woooooow....vadas looks divine...each of one of them...too good...feel like grabbing them from the screen n indulge myself...mmm...mmm..lovely...thanks for sharing those memories and recipes!

    Swathi said...

    Ella vadayum oru postil thane ituvalle. Enniku valare ishtamanu vada ellam. Nice post i wish i could be your neighbor.

    Dipika said...

    ohhh wowww...sooo veryyy tempting... I feel lyk today is a festival...:)
    The batter is very perfectly blended and the vadas simply look awesome Prani...

    TREAT AND TRICK said...

    What a lovely shaped and delicious vadai but the onion one is new to me, thanks for sharing dear...

    Krishnaveni said...

    You are really great in making medu vada because everytime i cook medu vada... don't mind the perfect shape like yours. The pictures are awesome, superb...superb...superb

    மனோ சாமிநாதன் said...

    I can feel the softness of vadais in your photographs! tasty recipes!!

    Nat said...

    இத்தனை வகையான வடையை பாக்க நாக்கில எச்சில் ஊறுது. எல்லாமே 'சைபர்' வடையா இருக்கே! நிஜமா இருந்தா!

    Nat said...

    இத்தனை வகையான வடையை பாக்க நாக்கில எச்சில் ஊறுது. எல்லாமே 'சைபர்' வடையா இருக்கே! நிஜமா இருந்தா!

    Panchpakwan said...

    Looks so so delicious vadai..wish i could grab some!!!

    Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

    Prani, whoa those are some crunchy and yummy looking vadas :)

    Rina said...

    Wow..Prani, what an array of vadas..tempting to the core..they look so perfect..

    Raina said...

    Wow! These look delicious. I have never seen a savory donut like these, but they sound wonderful:)

    I love your story of watching the people in the tea shop. It is funny the things we remember:)

    Pete said...

    My favourie is parippu vadai....mmmm, nice!

    Turmericnspice said...

    ulli vadai is new to us...they all look perfect...awesome dish and lovely clicks

    shanthi said...

    All in one vadas, mouthwatering and tempting

    chaitrali pathak said...

    yummy....pls send me some...i was planning to make them today....u'll reduce my effortss...

    GayathriRaj said...

    Hey Prani thats a treat to eyes now...really i love vadas and will be the first one to eat whn my mom use to prep...ur vadas really came our really perfect and looking yummy and crispy dear....good wrk...

    Sridevi said...

    Hi Rani, The Vadai's looks fabulous. I have to try the last one with all purpose flour.

    Shree said...

    Ulli vadi is new for me. Will have to try. You have a great space here :)

    Simply Life said...

    WOW, that looks so good!

    Malar Gandhi said...

    Heeey, loved all the vadai prepared here, one with chai is my fav'...ulli vadai sounds terrific. Good work buddy.:)

    Life is beautiful!!! said...

    Prani, what a post !!! The pictures look superb. Wonderful presentation. You made me drool. Each and every vadai looks perfect.

    AvanthiRao said...

    luks lyk Vada mela :)

    Tes said...

    That savoury lentil doughnut is always my favourite Indain snack. I'm so happy to learn the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    Lavi said...

    Vadai Mazhai(Rain) Here.. I should say, every vadai variety is so Perfect!! Great Job Prani!!

    srikars kitchen said...

    Nice entries.. all vadais looks really delicious..

    Pavithra said...

    Oh my god u have tempted me soooooooooooo much with all this interesting vadais... that much i can say.. wish i there to have all these...right away.

    sonu said...

    wow..lovely crispy vadas...nice clicks !! thank u dear for visiting my blog ,your comments are highly appreciated...and i do add the seed part inthe cucumber veg ..

    BeenaShylesh said...

    hellow my home when we add uzhunnu we call it as uzhunnu dosa....i think u people calls it as only dosa right...

    Niloufer Riyaz said...

    beautiful mouthwatering Vadas, feel like having them now

    My Little Space said...

    Oh wow, these are really delicious! I normally buy those from nearby stalls. We've many Indian stalls around here that serve all kinds of food & goodies. So, I don't have to make these. Thanks for sharing & hope you're having a great weekend.
    Cheers, Kristy

    Viki's Kitchen said...

    Beautiful vadais. So perfectly prepared and tastefully presented. Superb post dear.

    PJ said...

    wonderufl post! all the vadais look so tempting and delicious.

    Anonymous said... hungry to the core..i suck at making to improve..vadas look damn good prani..reminds me of train journeys

    Fimère said...

    bravo pour ce magnifique travail et cette superbe présentation
    ça me met vraiment en appétit
    bonne soirée

    LG said...

    OMG..vadafare looks soo yumm that I wanna eat all of them now :)

    Mriganayani said...

    That is a proper vada buffet - did you make it all on one day? I love the last onion only version - haven't made that before.

    Madhavi said...

    OMG gal, I am big fan of fritters and your post make my mouth droolllllllllll, awesome post :))

    Deepti said...

    Perfect Vadas...Loved ur Vada Gallery !!

    Mangala Bhat said...

    Hey Thanks for ur lovely comment @ my blog .Awesome pics and post Thanks for sharing!

    Nithya said...

    Wowwwwwwwwwwww this is one stop solution for vadais I believe. Brilliant post. Love all the vadai too much :)

    PranisKitchen said...

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    jayasri said...

    Oh! my God!, you are making me crave for them !!yesterday I made parippu vadai!, beautiful clicks parni!!

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