Vadai is a southindian fried savoury originating mainly from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, traditionally prepared during festivals and weddings. This lentil based item is often served along with breakfast items like idli, pongal etc or even good with any scrumptious meal. This is a variation of one of the many fritters recipe made especially in the Southern parts of India. Its the same vada with additional ingredients.
¾ cup Urad dal
1 ½ Green Chilli
1 inch Ginger
Salt to taste
¼ tsp Asafoetida
¾ cup spinach
Curry leaves one string
Wash and soak the lentils for 2-3 hours.
Filter the Soaked Urad dal in a sieve.Grind it with Green chilli,Asafoetida, ginger and salt into a coarse paste. Avoid using any water and only add 1 tsp or so if having trouble grinding it. Drop the blended mixture in a bowl n add the rest of the ingredients .Mix it well till combined.
Take a little dough and shape into a ball.Place it on a well greased Zip Lock bag/ Plastic sheet/ small plate and pat it down to a patty.Poke a hole right in the center with your finger to make a doughnut.
Now carefully transfer this to your hand and drop them in hot oil (med-hot).Turn until well browned.Remove them from oil and drain them on a paper towel .Serve them warm and as soon as possible since they taste the best when made. They go well with almost anything - Coconut chutney, spicy tomato chutney or the most obvious ketchup
You can also Bake at 350 degrees.