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Vada Donut Urad dal

Vada is a snack widely eaten in South India as well as Maharashtra. It is a donut shaped dish made from potatoes or daal ie lentils. Vada can be eaten in different forms with a variety of dishes such as sambhar, coconut chutney, etc.

A version of vada called vada pav, consists of a batata vada sandwiched between two pao or buns, mixed with chutneys, pickles and spices, is very famous in Mumbai where it is a popular street snack.

Some other forms of vada are dahi vada(vada dipped in sweet yogurt), sambhar vada, batata vada, rava vada, masala vada, paruppu vada(made of toor dal), maddur vada and ulli vada(onion based), etc.

The following is the recipe for making a typical south indian lentil based vada. .

The ingredients are : half cup each of urad and moong daal, one chopped onion, 1/4 tbsp baking soda, salt, 1 tsp ginger, chopped green chillies.

Let the daals in soak in water for about four hours and then grind them into paste using a mixer/grinder. To this batter, add the chopped onions, chilies, ginger as well as baking soda. Let the batter stand for 5-6 mins.You will need cooking oil to deep fry the vadas. Heat the oil and slide in the vadas. Fry them till they are golden brown in color. Serve them dipped in sambhar or rassam with fresh coconut chutney.

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