By Nandini Bhushan*
The cuisine from the five southern states of India — Tamil Naidu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana is grouped together as the South Indian cuisine. This cuisine offers a wide range of vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian delicacies that is sure to delight one’s taste bud. Let us explore the mouth-watering dishes from the Southern Indian states to experience the essence of each of these states.
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Dal vada or Paruppu Vadai is a spicy crunchy chana dal vada or fritters from the South Indian kitchen. It is normally enjoyed for breakfast as a side dish along with dosa and idli. Although it tastes amazing itself but is often accompanied by green chutney or coconut chutney.
Chana dal: 1 cup
Green chilli: 2
Ginger: 1 inch
Cumin: 1 tsp
Asafoetida: a pinch
Curry leaves: 8 to 10
Salt as required
Oil for deep frying
Wash and soak the chana dal with enough water for almost two hours.
Next, completely drain off the water.
In a mixie coarsely grind the chana dal with jeera, ginger and green chilli. Do not add water to it.
Transfer the blended paste to a large mixing ball.
Add the chopped curry leaves, coriander leaves, hing and salt. Squeeze and combine them well.
Grease your hand with oil and prepare small sized balls and flatten them.
Deep fry the vadas in hot oil until it turns golden and crispy.
Serve hot along with chutney.