Cooking time - 20 minutes
Urad Dal / Split black lentil - 200 gms
Green cillies - 2
Ginger - 1 " piece ( Chopped )
Onion roughly choppped - 1/2 cup
Curry leaves - 8 - 10 leaves
Black pepper corns - 1 tspn ( optional)
Hing / asafoetida - 1/2 tspn
Salt - to taste
1. Soak urad dal for at least 8 hrs.
2. Grind the urad dal in mixer along with green chilly, ginger, onion, curry leaves. black pepper corn (optional), hing and salt to a smooth batter. if needed you can sprinkle very little water and grind.
Note : Wet your hands and take a small ball of batter if the batter is not sticking to your hands then the batter is ready.
3. Heat oil in a deep bottomed kadai. Once the oil is heated, reduce the flame to medium. Now take a bowl of water, wet your fingers and take a lemon sized vada batter, flatten it slightly on a aluminium foil or back of the banana leaf. Make a hole in the middle.and slowly transfer the shaped dough to your hands and slip it into the hot oil very gently.
4. Fry until it turns golden brown on both sides. Remove it from oil and place it in a colander or paper towel to drain excess oil.
Serve hot with chutney of choice.