Tuesday, May 17, 2022

【印式炸豆圈】Medu Vada/Vadai (Deep Fried Lentil Donuts)




When I was a student, there was this old Indian man who goes 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 filled with different kinds of savory tidbits.

One of them is a little fried bean cake shaped like a mini donut, it is called "vadai", I love that stuff and did not know what it was made off until I moved to stay in India.

I was thrilled to learn that this snack is made of only legume, a snack higher in protein I presume. It goes very well with Coconut Chutney and can easily turn into Dahi Vada later.

1 杯 去壳的 Urad dal (小黑豆)
1/2 只 中型 洋葱 切碎
4-5 只 青椒 切碎
2 根 咖喱叶 切碎
1 小勺 孜然 烤香
盐 适量

1 cup Urad dal (Black lentil shelled)
1/4 cup Onion chopped
4-5 Green chilies
1/4 cup Curry leaves chopped
1/4 tsp Asafoetida (hing)
1 tsp Roasted Cumin Seed
Salt to taste

1. 把去皮小黑豆洗净泡一晚,第二天把泡豆子的水倒掉后把豆子洗净淘好。

2. 把豆子用搅拌机磨成糊状(要带点粗粒),磨的时候不可加太多的水,水多了Vada就不成型,口感也不脆了。搅拌机刚好可以搅拌得动就好了。


4. 要看看豆糊是不是足够蓬松,在一盆水里,把一小勺的豆糊轻轻放到到水里,如果豆糊能凝聚成块并且浮在水面就表示豆糊足够蓬松了。


1. Clean a cup of split Urad dal (black Lentil) and soaked it submerged in water over night.

2. Drain the soaked lentil the next day and grind it into a thick paste with as little water as possible in a grinder.

3.Place the paste in a mixing bowl and use a whisk to vigorously whisk the paste for aeration, when the paste became brighter in color and appears fluffy, drop a small ball of the batter into a bowl of water, if the batter floats and stays in shape, it is in perfect consistency, it the batter sink to the bottom of water, continue to whisk for few more minutes.

4. Chop the chili, curry leaves and onion and add it to the lentil paste, season the paste with salt, cumin seeds and asafoetida.



5. Heat a frying pot with about 2 inches of cooking oil in it at medium high, to test if the temperature is right, drop a small ball of batter into the oil, if the batter fries instantly, the oil is ready.

6. Place a flat spatula in cold water and take a small ball of the lentil paste and place it on the back of the spatula, shape the paste into donut shape, gently slide the paste into the hot oil. 

7. Fry the donuts till it turns golden brown in color, drain and serve warm.

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