Its ‘TEA’ time and many of you are muddled with the thought of snack .So here I have come to rescue all with a very simple recipe which is tasty and healthy both,nonetheless it is fried but for me if any dish is home cooked it has to be inevitably healthy and so is for you……I believe.The dish is legume based so has to be high in proteins.It is made from moong daal chilka(split green gram with skin on).It is invariably found in every Indian homes pantry and other ingredients too which are used in this dish, hence no worries about the ingredients.It does not require too much of preparation time except for the soaking time required ,which can also be reduced by using warm water instead.Thus moong daal vada can be a surprising snack for the guests arriving on a short notice and can earn you a brownie point.So now before’tea time’ gets over lets proceed to the recipe.
- 1 cup moong daal chilka(split green gram daal with skin)
- 1 medium size onion chopped
- 1 tbsp ginger finely chopped or minced
- 1 tsp green chilies chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh coriander chopped
- 1 tsp black pepper crushed
- 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
- Chaat masala (optional to sprinkle on vadas)
- Salt to taste
- Oil for deep frying
- Wash and soak daal in water for 2 hours.(I soaked it for only one hour therefore I used warm water ).
- Strain the soaked daal in a strainer to remove excess water.
- Grind it on pulse setting into a coarse paste.
- Empty ground daal in a bowl.Mix in chopped onion,coriander,ginger.green chilies,crushed pepper,salt to taste and garam masala.
- Heat oil in a skillet.
- Wet you palms and take a spoonful of mixture and shape it into vada.Drop it gently into the hot oil.
- Deep fry till golden and crispy on low to medium heat.
- Drain it on an absorbent paper.
- Serve hot along with green chutney or tamarind chutney with a hot cup of masala chai (tea).
Tips and tweaks:
- If you want to prepare the mixture of moong daal ahead of time then do not add salt to it as all the raw ingredients especially onions will release water making the mixture runny.
- You can reserve 1 tbsp of soaked daal to add in the ground mixture for extra crunch and looks.
- If you find difficult to shape vadas,you may even use spoon to drop mixture in the oil and can form small pakoris/fritters.
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Enjoy!!! ………………………………….and Happy Cooking!!!