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Mar 14, 2011

Tapioca Vadai/Kappa vadai/Cassava vadai/Kuchi kizhangu vadai

     Another recipe of my Grandma....For every summer vacation i use to be in my Grandma's place,those 2 months will be very jolly and funny. Daily evening my grandma use to prepare some tiffin or snack for us. She never use mixie or grinder...only Ammi n Aattukal. She was very care taking and affectionate towards me.I feel very proud to be her Grand daughter. She passed away in 2010 but still lives in our heart. Sorry...i m beyond the topic....
Tapioca vadai is my favorite...crispy and very yummy vadas...Can make dosa also..."tapioca dosa". Its available in both Indian and US grocery "Yuca roots". So next time when u go shopping buy this root and try this yummy vadas....

To Grind
  1. Yuca root/Tapioca     2 cup(peeled & shredded)
  2. Rice/sona masoori    2 cup
  3. Dry red chili    7-8 no.s
  4. Cumin seeds    1 tbsp
  5. Fennel seeds    1 tbsp
  6. Asafoetida   1/4 tsp
Other Ingredients
  1. Onion 1large(finely chopped) 
  2. Ginger 1" piece(finely chopped) 
  3. Curry leaves 1 twig(finely chopped) 
  4. Coriander leaves few(finely chopped) 
  5. Salt as needed 
  6. Fennel seeds 1/2 tbsp
    I used 1.28 lb of yuca root, after peeling and shredding got around 2 cups, The amount of rice and the yuva/tapioca  should be equal.

  • Grind shredded tapioca,soaked rice,red chillies,cumin seeds,fennel seeds and hing to a thick dough but it should be rawa like in texture. 
  • Then transfer it to a bowl and add all the ingredients from onion to fennel seeds and mix well. 
  • Heat oil in a deep bottomed vessel and when really hot ,wet ur palm take a lime size portion and flatten it gently and make a hole in the center using the finger and drop it carefully into the hot oil. 
  • Fry on both sides till golden brown and crispy,do not fry for longtime(it will make the vada hard) 
  • Once fried remove and drain it in paper towel. 
  • Crispy Tapioca vada are ready, serve hot. 

fry the vada in medium heat...serve hot...after cooling it turns lil' rubbery n loose its crispness.
First fry one vada and check salt,spice and texture ...if u feel it little hard add a pinch of cooking soda to the batter ,mix well and fry them.
Its little tough to grind in blenders,so have to add little water....if the batter is not thick then add 1-2 tsp of rice flour.
this vada will taste good with more onions so add more finely chopped onions.


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  2. nice vadai, i never tried this one, i heard toppica dosa , but vadai new to me


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