Yet another favorite tea time snack. This is one of the default items which would be present in small tea shops and thattu kadas in kerala and the smell of these freshly fried vadas bring water to my mouth . It can be made with either toor dal or channal dal. I used channa dal.
Channal dal -1 cup soaked in water for atleast 2 hours
Onion minced - 2 cups
Green Chillies - 3 tablespoons finely chopped
Ginger - 2 tablespoons finely chopped
Salt - to taste
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs finely chopped
Oil - 3 cups for frying
Soak the dal in water for at least 2 hours. Once the dal is soaked and ready, it would be around 2 cups. Drain it and make sure there is no water left out. You can either cut onions/green chillies/ginger or put all these items in food processor and chop till the pieces are small. Put dal also in the mixer/food processor and grind until a coarse mix is formed. Remove the mix leaving around 1/4 cup in the food processor itself. Grind it to a fine paste. This helps the mix from breaking apart while frying. Mix all the ingredients and make sure all the items are incorporated well. Make small balls the size of the lemon . Take each ball and place it in one hand and with the other hand flatten it to a round shape.
Heat oil in a deep pan and when the oil is hot, gently transfer the vadas and deep fry them until both sides are golden in color. Remove them from oil and place them on a paper towel so that excess oil is absorbed. Serve hot with tea.