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May 29, 2012

Minty Chickpeas Vada / Mint Chickpeas Vadai / Chickpea Vadai

For the last day of BM #16, I am going to share a super yummy n healthy snack, Chickpea vada or Kondakadalai vadai recipe with my Star Ingredient - Chickpeas/Channa. First I wanted to make oven roasted chickpeas for snack then changed my mind & tried this crispy Chickpea vada with mint flavor. To make it healthy and filling, I added some finely chopped Spinach, Purple Cabbage and Carrots. And this vadai is fully made with chickpeas n I did not add split yellow peas/chana dal like my Green Peas Cabbage Vada. It came out beyond to my expectation and we all enjoyed, yes...after a very very long time I made deep fried snack at home. My kids n V loved this vada a lot. As they were so much tempted with the color, flavor started eating the fried vadas hot and I was left with only some 5 vadas for the pictures. 
I was completely blank & dunno how to present them. Have seen food bloggers present their cookies/snack bars with wax papers. Then without other options I tried doing it on my own, as the vadas were not flat one i couldn't stack them. Really thanks to those creative minds which helped me this time to present my recipe :)

Before to the recipe, Here's recap of this week's recipe Under the them "Pick One Cook All" with my Star Ingredient Chickpeas.
Starter  -   Chickpeas Tikkis
Main Course 1-   Coconut Milk Chickpeas Biryani
Main Course 2 -  Curried Chickpeas Masala Dosa
Soup -  Mixed Veg n Chickpeas Clear Soup
Salad -  Cilantro Lime Chickpeas Salad
Sweet - Poornam Boorelu with Chickpeas
Snack - Minty Chickpeas Vada

To Wet Grind
  1. Overnight soaked Chickpeas    2 cups
  2. Mint leaves    1 sprig
  3. Fennel seeds    1tsp
  4. Green chilli or Red chilli     2-3 no.s
  5. Garlic    1clove
Other Ingredients
  1. Spinach    1/2 cup(finely chopped)
  2. Carrot    3-4 tbsp (finely chopped)
  3. Purple Cabbage    1/2 cup(finely chopped)
  4. Ginger     2 tsp(finely chopped)
  5. Mint leaves    2-3 tbsp(finely chopped)
  6. Salt    to taste
  7. Oil    for deep frying

  • Soak Chickpeas overnight or 6-8 hours and then drain completely, and grind with other ingredients under the heading "To Wet Grind" to a coarse paste. Sprinkle very little water while grinding. 
  • After grinding transfer the ground chickpeas mixture to a bowl, and add salt, spinach, carrot, cabbage, ginger, mint leaves and combine everything well.
  • Then divide the mixture in to 15 small lemon sized balls n keep ready.
  • Heat oil in a kadai for deep frying, when oil get really hot, take one ball, press between your palms lightly and drop it in the hot oil. First fry only one vada, then check for salt n spices...add according, mix well then proceed with all the mixture.
  • Do repeat the same procedure for the remaining chickpeas mixture, fry 4-5 vada at a time (based on your kadai/pan size)in medium high heat. Turn the vada other side after 2-3 minutes and fry other side till it turns crisp and nice brown color. 
  • Once done, remove from the oil and drain it in paper towel. 
  • That's it...Yummy Minty Chickpeas Vada ready. Serve Hot/Warm with a cup of chai/coffee. 

You can make Minty Masala Vada using the same recipe n procedure, instead chickpeas use yellow split peas or channa dal...soak the dal for 2 hours n proceed the same.
Instead of chopped carrots , can add shredded carrots/beets.

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  1. wow..super delicious n crispy ones,loved it with minty to have some with tea:-)

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  2. Sangeetha.. tha vadai looks perfect.. and let me tell you - u are totally underestimating yourself. your clicks are sooooo good... loved reading your write up as well. I also end up having to serve H and Son before I can get camera out. I then have to click photos with my share of the dish :-)

  3. lovely presentation.. perfect evening snack..

  4. Oh god Sangee, naan yellam yenna sollurathu, seriously you present beautifully ur dishes, just think about me.Btw super crispy vadas looks yummy and addictive.

  5. What amazing vadai's. My fav of the whole lot.

  6. crispy yummy tea time snacks.Adding mint is flavorfull

  7. Crispy delicious vada...Love the presentation and clicks...Hey regarding the BG, its not a table,just a tile piece..:)

  8. Crispy vadas and lovely presentation ...

  9. so healthy, except for the deep frying :)

  10. Sangee vadai looks superb. I always admire your lovely presentation and superb clicks.

  11. So lovely!

  12. The vadas look very tempting and the purple cabbage in it looks very attractive.

  13. very crisp vada's.lovely and so tempting clicks

  14. my favy vada...

  15. Lovely recipe and lovely presentation :)

  16. yummy crispy the addition of purple cabbage in your vada..

  17. very crispy and yummy vada.. loved ur presentation dear:)

  18. Very crispy and mouthwatering vadas

  19. Vada looks so crispy and tempting.....Sangee your clicks and the presentation are good,doing a wonderful job...

  20. wow this is awesome. I should try this... i'm not a fan of the dal vadas... maybe i'll like these... love the mint in it... :)

  21. your vada looks really tempting. I am salivating here.

  22. Nice clicks, looks so crispy and yum

  23. Looks wonderful Sangeetha, pictures are so tempting! glad you joined us for BM..

  24. wow!!..just too good!..super presentation ..n awsum wadas.

  25. looks prefect, nice and crispy..adding mint is a refreshing idea

  26. OMG,it looks soo crispy n tempting me very lot,pls send me some vadai's....

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  28. so yummy and crispy flavourful vadas, i must say beautifully presented, so simple clicks dear :)

  29. super crispy vadas!!
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  30. wow.....yummy n crispy snack....

  31. these look fabulous!
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