Thursday, January 12, 2012

Ulundu Vadai / Pongal Festival Special

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Pongal   -  The  Festival  of  Happiness  &  Prosperity ,  falls on 15th of January which is just around the corner. I would like to wish all my readers, friends and colleagues celebrating Pongal  “  HAPPY PONGAL “. 
Vadai is one of the important dishes prepared along with  sweet  pongal  for Pongal festival as an offering to God.  
Vadai is always best served when it is hot and makes a lipsmacking combination with sweet pongal. Most people get very intimidated when they have to make vadai, but I assure you that by using the right technique, you will be making crispy yet soft vadai’s in no time. 
This plate of aromatic vadai , which is crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside with every bite so flavorful that we can’t stop snacking.
Try this versatile snack recipe &  enjoy the festive season lingering and delicious..:)
Ingredients:
  • Urad dal / Ulundhu                     - 1 cup
  • Green chilly                               - 2
  • Ginger                                      - ½ inch
  • Onion chopped                         -  ½ cup
  • Curry & coriander leaves chopped -  ¼ cup
  • Oil to fry
  • Salt to taste
Method:
  1. Wash and soak Urad dal by adding enough water.
  1. Soak for 1 hour.
  2. Drain water and grind urad dal, green chillies, ginger, together by adding enough water little by little.
  3. Grind them into paste, the consistency should be thick.
  4. The batter shouldn’t be watery, as vadai will absorb lot of oil.
  5. The secret to get soft & crispy vadai is to grind the vadai batter perfectly, the consistency should resemble smooth whipped cream.
  6. Transfer the batter to a mixing bowl.
  7. Add chopped onion, curry leaves, coriander leaves & mix well.

  1. Heat oil in a kadai / wok.
  2. The salt is to be added to the vadai batter, just before when we start to make the vadai. Salt added to the batter and left for a long time will make the batter consistency little watery.
  3. Take a thick plastic sheet and grease oil to it.
  4. Take a small ball of the batter, place it on the sheet, flatten it  a little and drop gently in the hot oil.
  1. To avoid batter sticking to hands, keep dipping your hands in a bowl of water everytime when you take the vadai batter.
  2. Deep fry the vadai in medium flame, by turning occasionally.
  3. Once golden and crisp, remove from heat and place it on the kitchen tissue for  excess oil to drain.

  1. The crispy & soft vadai is ready to munch with lipsmacking  ghee  sweet  pongal / chakkarai  pongal.
Stay tuned for the sweet pongal step by step recipe..
Wish you all advance Happy Pongal..:)
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Click  here to view the Sweet Pongal Recipe...!

56 comments:

  1. Very lovely crunchy vadai.

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  2. yumm vadai..perfectly made ..its a visual treat with that sakkarai pongal..

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  3. Happy pongal to you!!Yummy and tasty vadaa...:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com/

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  4. yummy recipe.. i thought its almost like dahi vadas till it changed to vadas. the flattening on plastic sheet is bit tricky but this looks yummy absolutely

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  5. Happy PONGAL dear!!!!
    Mouth watering recipe.......

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  6. Happy Pongal to u also in advance Jay.
    Good to know the secret of batter ;-). Looking crispy and delicious


    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  7. These are pretty and they look great!

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  8. Happy Pongal!! vadal looks soo crispy n perfect...

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  9. They look very yummy and easy to make! Great recipe :-)

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  10. I love vadai! It is one of my favorite snack foods on earth. :) I have never used urad dal... just channa dal. This is really going on my list of must do recipes. Thanks!! Happy Pongal to you. :)

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  11. OMG, I loooooooooooooooooove these, my MUM used to make these,, I am craving it badly right now XD

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  12. Esto tiene que estar muy bueno. Es muy parecido al Falafel de garbanzo. Enhorabuena por la receta. Un saludo.

    Juan Carlos.
    http://la-lengua-de-la-mariposa.blogspot.com

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  13. crispy vadai. loved the clicks especially the last one

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  14. The vada looks yummy. I have an award for you at my place . Do collect it dear.

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  15. nice vada...lovely pictures

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  16. vadie is lookig tempting tle click po platter is super .happy pongal

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  17. Que pinta tan rica tienen, desde luego seguro que saben estupendos.
    Besos

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  18. I always love the color of the dish that you made and these are no exception ! These looks crispy and delicious !

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  19. perfect!
    and 15th of January is also my birthday!

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  20. They must be delicious!Happy pongal,dear!

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  21. This is such a yummy one...I would love to try it..U have made perfectly Dear..Bookmarking it..

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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  22. the last click tempted me..yummmmy!!!
    You have an award at my space ,please collect it dear:-)

    Erivum Puliyum

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  23. Mouthwatering vada......hmmmm yummy yummy

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  24. so nice of u jay...sooo happy u posted my fav pongal vadai n apt time...happy new year to u

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  25. They look great, very rich, very tempting.

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  26. yum! looks perfect golden & crispy.. awesome recipe :)

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  27. Vadas look awesome & mouthwatering. Great presentation.

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  28. Vadas looks crunchy...my ultimate comfort food.

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  29. Great looking vadai. Bet they taste as good as they look.

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  30. Vadai looks crisp n yum!

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  31. Wish to munch some rite now,yummy crispy vadas.

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  32. Vada looks crispy and nice........

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  33. oh my!! these are one crspy vada's. I am drooling all over the pics :)

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  34. Easy and good. I can not ask for anything more.
    A greeting.

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  35. Happy Pongal!! Yummy Vadais..Nice picss!!

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  36. Crispy and delicious vadais,beautiful presentation..Happy Pongal!

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  37. Jay, I like recipes that have just a few ingredients, like this one. Sounds simple as long as we follow your well-thought-out directions. Yum!

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  38. hey...perfectly made vadas..very Crispy and delicious ...

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  39. Mmm, I've never even heard of these before, but they sound yummy. I imagine the inside might have a texture similar to falafels?

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  40. I love the vadais. Even we celebrate Lohri just like Pongal and Thanksgiving.

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  41. The vadais looks so nice and soft..
    Happy Pongal dear!

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  42. tempting vada and happy pongal to you all.
    nicely explained too

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  43. Hy Julie, Anzz,
    Thanks for sharing the awards with me ..:)

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  44. Thanks for your wonderful wishes friends..:)
    Have a memorable PONGAL..!

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  45. very nice and inviting

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  46. Esos bocaditos y ese arroz tienen que estar deliciosos, saludos

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  47. I would love this for a snack!

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  48. This is perfectfor a tapas party...beautiful.

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  49. this is mouth-watering..wow..

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  50. YUM! Looks absolutely delicious :) - Cathy Pieroz at Ray White Alexandra Hills

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