The weather was awesome today, very similar to the one, we had during the Monsoon season, smack in the middle of winter!. The sky was grey, overcast with water-laden clouds, cold and breezy and pleasant. Although there was a forecast for the rain, there wasnt even any. It was a perfect weather for hot, deep-fried goodies, that straight away took me back to my carefree, childhood days when I blissfully enjoyed these lovelies and enjoyed the weather. With days still short, I decided to enjoy the weather while it lasted and made the Mendu Vada. Mendu vada is usually made with a hole in the middle that looks like a donut, i made mine without the hole. They are very easy to make but you just need to plan ahead and soak the urad daal for atleast an hour and a half for best results.
Urad daal-2 cups(soaked for 1 1/2 hrs and ground to a fine, thick paste with the least amount of water)
salt- to taste
green pepper-2 tbs, finely chopped
curry leaves-6-8, finely chopped
onions-1/2 cup, finely cubed
Oil-for deep frying
Method: Mix all the ingredients and set aside for ten minutes. Heat oil in a frying pan. Put in a small portion of the batter and make sure it rises quickly to the surface to make sure the oil is hot enough. Drop a tablespoon full of the mixture, flattened between the fingers and the thumb, carefully into the hot oil Let the vada fry until the bottom turns golden brown. Slowly flip each one of them seperately and let them brown on the other side too. Remove them with a slotted spoon onto a kitchen towel. Serve hot with a cup of hot tea. Enjoy!
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