When I was a student, there was this old Indian guy who go around selling deep fried snacks or"muruku" back home. He has a big wooden/glass box attached to the back of his bicycle, where you could find small compartments that fills with different kind of savory titbits.
One of them was a little fried donut like pastry that we called "vadai", I love that stuff and did not know what it was made off till I moved to stay in India.I was so thrill to learnt that this pastry is made of legume, somewhat healthy beside being deep fried, I guess.
1 cup Urad dal (Black lentil shelled)
Onion chopped 1/4 cup
Green chilies 4-5
Curry leaves 1/4 cup chopped
Asafoetida (hing) 1/4 tsp
Roasted Cumin Seed 1 tsp
Salt to taste
1. The night before, wash a cup of split Urad dal (black Lentil) and soaked it submerged with water over night.
2. The next day, wash and drain the dal and grind it into a thick paste with as little water as possible.
3. Prepare all other ingredients and blend then all in with the grinded paste, use a whisk to vigorously whisk the paste for aeration, when the paste became slighly fluffy, drop a small ball of the batter in a bowl of water, if it float, you have for yourself a very well done batter.
4. Heat up a frying pot with about 2 inches of cooking oil at medium high, to test the temperature, drop a small ball of batter into it, if it fries instantly, the oil is ready.
5. Drops the vada in small balls into the oil, fry till it turn golden brown, at medium heat. (It was supposed to shape like donut but I wasn't able to make the hole and shape it into donuts, Will have to try again next time I guess.)
Drain and serve with Green Chutney.
d. Submit your entry via the Linky provided at the end of this blog post.