- 1cup Urad dal (split skinned black lentil)
- 1” Ginger grated
- 3-4 Green chilies chopped fine
- ½ tsp Pepper corns crushed
- ¼ tsp Hing (Asafetida)
- 2-3 Curry leaves chopped fine
- 2 tbsp Coriander leaves chopped fine
- Oil for deep frying
- Salt to taste
- Soak the urad dal in enough water for about 3-4 hours. Drain it.
- Grind drained dal to a smooth batter (thick paste). Add only spoonful of water at a time if required. Grind until the batter turns fluffy.
- Keep this urad dal batter aside for 3-4 hours and let it ferment a bit.
- Now add all other ingredients except the oil. Mix well.
- Heat the oil in a kadai or wok on medium heat.
- Wet your fingers and palm and take a small portion of batter. Shape it into a ball and then poke your thumb in the center so that a hole is formed (doughnut like structure is formed). Gently invert the vada in the oil. Make other medu vada similarly and place them in oil. Do not overcrowd the kadhai/wok to avoid sticking of vadas with each other.
- When the medu vadas are cooked from underneath, turn them over with a slotted spoon. Vadas should be golden brown from both the sides. They should be fried on medium heat otherwise they will be golden from outside and doughy from inside.
- Drain on an absorbent paper.
- Serve hot with Sambhar and Coconut Chutney.
Do You Know?
In South India eating from a banana leaf is very common because it is considered hygienic and healthy. Any guest can be served on a banana leaf which is considered humble and respectful. It is considered auspicious to put a bit of sweet dish (dessert) on the banana leaf to eat before the actual meal is placed thereon.
According to tradition, one has to eat rice first, then dal, iron-rich vegetables and curd. This is the order in which food is served and consumed as well. It is even more traditional to sit on the floor on a mat and eat one’s food.
To show your appreciation after a satisfying meal, fold the banana leaf towards you (i.e. inwards) to signify that the meal was good. Folding the opposite direction (i.e. upwards /away from you) signifies that the meal was not satisfying.