May 24, 2017

Vada Curry (Lentil Fritters in Spicy Gravy)

Vada Curry is a popular spicy side dish of South India. The fried lentil fritters are soaked in flavoured and spiced gravy and  melts in mouth when had with Set dosa. Vada Curry is the wonderful combination with any Dosa variety, Aapam and Idli. It can also be had with plain hot boiled rice...
  • Pre time: 10 mins
  • Soaking time: 2 hours
  • Cooking time: 30 to 40 mins
  • Serves: 4


Ingredients for making Vada Curry:

For making Vada (Fritters)
  • Chana dal 200 gms
  • Red chillies 3
  • Green chillies 1
  • Saunf (Fennel seeds) 1/2 tea spoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

For making Gravy:
  • Finely chopped onions 3 tb spoons
  • Finely chopped tomatoes 3 tb spoons
  • Ginger Garlic paste 2 tea spoons
  • Slited green chillies 3
  • Red chilli powder 1 tea spoon
  • Turmeric powder 1/4 tea spoon
  • Coconut milk 200 ml
  • Oil 3tb spoons
  • Mustard seeds and Fennel seeds for seasoning
  • Cloves and cinnamons crushed roughly 1/2 tea spoon
  • Curry leaves

How to make Vada Curry?

Step 1:
Soak the dal in water after washing for 2 hours.
Then drain out the water completely and add chillies, fennel seeds and salt to it and grind to coarse mixture in a blender without water.(Chopped onions could be added)
Heat a wok with oil and take rough uneven pinches from the dal batter and drop into the oil.Fry them to golden brown.Keep the fried lentils aside.
Step 2:
Heat a pan with oil. Saute it with mustard seeds and fennel seeds.
Add the onions and a slitted green chilli and fry adding some salt.
Once it get fried well ,  fry the clove cinnamon powder and ginger garlic paste well till the raw smell goes.
Then fry the tomatoes till they become mushy. Add some curry leaves.
Add the turmeric powder, garam masala powder and red chilli powder and stir well.
Pour 3 cups of water to it.Check out for salt and spiciness. Remember the Vadas already have enough salt and spiciness.
Once the water starts boiling drop the fried vadas (Fritters) to them and keep the flame to medium.Wait till the gravy thickens (at least for 05  minutes enabling the fritters to absorb the flavour of the spices from the gravy and become soft).
Now add the coconut milk and switch off the stove
Garnish with curry leaves and coriander leaves.
If you are diet conscious instead of frying the lentil balls in oil just steam them out and follow the rest of the procedure same.