Vadai curry


2 cups bengal gram dal (soaked in water for 2 hrs)
2 chopped tomatoes
Salt as per taste
Oil to fry
2 cloves
1" piece of cinnamon
1 bay leaf
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp anise seed

Grind to a smooth paste-

2 tsp fried dal ( chutney dal)
2 tbsp grated coconut
Green chillies( optional)

For garnishing

Finely chopped coriander leaves

Drain out the water in the dal and grind it to a coarse paste with very less water. Add salt to it and mix well. Heat oil and make flat vadas of these. Deep fry on medium heat till golden brown.

Heat oil in a seperate pan and add the cloves, cinnamon, bayleaf and anise seed. Add the tomatoes to it and a little water. Cook till the tomatoes become soft. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and garam masala powder to it. Add the masala paste and salt to it and cook for 5 minutes. Add a cup of water to it and allow it to boil. Now add the fried vadas to it and cook covered till the vadas take up the entire gravy and become very soft.

Garnish with coriander leaves.

Vadai curry is a very popular side dish for idlis.

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Asha said...

That sounds great EC, slurp!!:)

Cham said...

One of the famous dish Saidapet Vada curry, looks delicious :)

Madhavi said...

Oh this curry looks great, awesome!!!thanxx for sharing..

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