Sunday, June 24, 2012

Murungai Keerai Masal Vadai / Keerai Vadai


Another week of Blogging Marathon started from today and for this week I am gonna share some yummy Kids Delight ~ Evening snacks/Tiffin recipes. First comes the very famous South Indian Tea Time snack ~ Masal Vadai / Paruppu Vadai with Murungai keerai/Drumstick leaves. After a very long time now again i started making some deep fried snacks, my kids too asking for such snacks, they loved My Minty Chickpeas Vada very much and asked me to make it again...so i decided to make one vada for this theme and of course for my kids who really enjoyed it :)

The idea of adding drumstick leaves to the regular masal vadai was given by Nalini. On our regular phone chat when i was telling her about, want to make some vadai Nalini n i couldn't fix with the ingredient like that, quickly She suggested me to try vadai with Drumstick leaves. But i was not fully convinced since i can't find drumstick leaves all the time rt?!  To my surprise on the same day evening, My H went to Indian grocery for regular shopping, he didn't even inform me that he is going to the shop on the way to home. When he returned i was so happy to see some 3 packets of fresh Drumstick leaves. I asked myself, how He know that i need this Drumstick leaves now to try a new recipe like that?!  And without second thought next day i tried this yummy n very flavorful Masal vadai. Thanks a ton Nalini for the idea, really we liked this vadai very much. For a change, this time i tried adding few cloves n cinnamon with the other grinding ingredients, it was so flavorful n it tasted same like the one we get from street shops n hotels....Mmmmm Yummy vadas!!! Now to the recipe...
Ingredients
  1. Chana Dal or Split Yellow Peas     1 and 1/2 cup (160ml cup)
  2. Drumstick Leaves    1 cup or more.
  3. Onion   1 medium(finely chopped)
  4. Mint leaves    2 sprigs(finely chopped)
  5. Coriander leaves/Cilantro     2-3 tbsp(finely chopped)
  6. Green chilies       5 no.s
  7. Fennel seeds      2 tbsp
  8. Garlic    2 cloves
  9. Ginger     2" piece
  10. Clove     2 no.s
  11. Cinnamon    1"stick
  12. Salt    to taste
  13. Oil    to deep fry


Method
  • Soak Channa dal for 3-4 hours. After that drain completely and keep 1-2 tbsp of soaked channa dal aside and use the remaining to grind.
  • Then in a blender/processor add green chilies,ginger,garlic,fennel seeds, clove, cinnamon and run for few seconds and then add soaked channa dal and grind it to a coarse paste with very less water, just sprinkle while grinding...that's enough.
  • Once done, transfer the ground channa dal mixture to a bowl, then add chopped onions,cilantro mint leaves n drumstick leaves. And add soaked whole channa dal and enough salt.
  • Mix everything well and divide it to 15 lemon shaped balls and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a wok for deep frying,when oil gets really hot take a 1lemon sized ball mixture and flatten with palm and carefully drop in to the hot oil, add 3-4 at a time based on your kadai/pan size. fry in medium heat.
  • Fry the vada till turn crispy n golden brown on both sides.
  • Then remove from the oil n drain it in a paper towel.
  • That's it yummy Murungai keerai masal vadai ready. Do repeat the same for all the remaining dal mixture.
  • Serve hot with a cup of chai or a bowl of Pasiparuppu Payasam/Vermicelli payasam.
Notes:
Instead of Drumstick leaves you can also use Spinach / Amaranthus leaves etc.
Addition of cloves n cinnamon is purely optional but it gives nice flavorn unique taste to the masal vadai.
I always test the taste n texture of vadai/pakora by frying only one n then after tasting it...adjust salt n spice level will fry in 4-5 for a batch.
If u feel your dal mixture to be runny or with little extra water, add 1-2 tsp or a tbsp of rice flour and adjust the consistency.
Do not keep the ground dal mixture for long time, since it will get sour n while frying vada will also suck more oil.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#17

Also sending it to Srivalli's Kid's delight event happening now @ Vardhini's Cooksjoy and to
Radhika's Lets Cook ~ Kids Special event.


39 comments:

  1. Crispy delicious vadas dear...perfect with a hot cup of tea..

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  2. Hi Sangeetha ,

    Keerai vadai looks crispy !!!

    Very good tea time snacks :)

    Keep on sangeetha..

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  3. crispy n yummy snack......perfect with tea...

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  4. Keerai vadai looks superb. Wish I could get the drumstick leaves in the Indian store here also.

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  5. Murungaikeerai always brings out exotic flavor..Damn sure these would taste gr8 :)))

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  6. The masala vadai looks scrumptious and I loved the way you added drumstick leaves to this.I am looking forward to all the kids evening snacks.

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  7. Good idea using drumstick leaves..we rarely get these leaves here!

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  8. Delicious vadai, looks just perfect n crisp :) btw where did u get drumstick leaves from? never found them here in Indian/Asian groceries.

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  9. using drumstick leaves is new ..we use drumstick flowers..but never leaves..will surely try these..wondering how my family shall react after knowing what I have used...love the vada:)

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  10. very new thought of using drumsticks in vadai....I shall try this for sure if i can find some leaves here in any Indian store :)

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  11. Vada looks so tempting and crispy.Thank you so much for trying the recipe and your so lucky to get drumstick leaves and enjoy these yummy vadas.

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  12. Very nice..good to know you get these leaves..

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  13. Looks crispy and Love to have a bite....

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  14. Looks super crispy and I love the addition of drumstick leaves. Must have been very flavorful and yummy. Perfect companion for chai/coffee. Love the presentation and the clicks. Awesome Sangee.

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  15. Looks so nice. The addition of drum stick leaves in masal vadai is very new but it looks like a great idea...

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  16. Perfect crispy tempting vada Sangee..

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  17. So so so healthy and so crunchy too..

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  18. i prepare this vadai often.. it is so crispy.. love it..

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  19. Rendu vadai parcel pls, super aa crispyaa irruku Sangee, beautifully done.

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  20. love the crispy vadai's and very interesting recipe :)

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  21. Looks so crunchy.Love the idea of adding greens to vadai. Got a tree in the backyard.Will add the leaves when we make vadai next time.

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  22. wow.. very healthy and crispy.. love to have it...
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  23. Wow nice idea of keerai vadai..looks crispy and crunchy just the way I like....cant wait to try :)

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  24. Crispy and crunchy vadai..

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  25. crispy crunchy vadas. wish I could have some for tea today
    Noel collections

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  26. very crunchy and delicious looking vadas

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  27. nice . adding keerai sounds gr8. :)

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  28. Nice healthy vada dear. Loved the addition of keerai

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  29. WOW this dal vada looks super tasty..

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  30. What a crispy & Yummy snack!! looks perfect for this rainy weather

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  31. Looks sooper crunchy!!You lucky girl getting those leaves.,Very nice pictures!
    Got you wet grinder ??or same?

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  32. Nice vadai..we always add murungai keerai or spinach in vadai! :)

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