SOUTH INDIAN VADA CURRY


‘Awesome’ no more words to express the taste of this dish!

Super combination with iddli and dosa .

This is made with channa dal ( kadala paruppu) ground paste, fried / steamed and added

to the curry .

I made this by making one big flattened vada ( less oil, less time),and added to the curry .

It’s your choice to fry, or steam .

So ..let’s get to the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup channa dal soaked for 2 hours.

1 big onion chopped

2 tomatoes

2 green chillies chopped

1 tsp. ginger-garlic paste

3-4 dry chillies

1 tsp. Saunf ( perumjeeragam)

Curry leaves

1 tblsp chilli powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp garam masala powder

3 tblsp grated coconut / 1/4 coconut chips

3-4 cashewnuts

Mint leaves

1 inch piece cinnamon + 1/2 tsp saunf ( tempering)

Oil

METHOD

First grind the lentil, dry chilies, and saunf, little salt to a coarse paste .

Heat a tblsp of oil and flatten the paste into one big dosa.( see photo above).Once

browned turn over . Cook till brown on both sides and set aside.

Heat 2 tblsp.oil ,add a little saunf ,cinnamon, curry leaves and onions and sauté till

translucent.

Add ginger garlic paste,green chilli, tomatoes , salt .

Cook till tomatoes are soft . Add the masala powders and stir ,till everything well

corporates.

Add about 3-4 cups water ( the dal will absorb water so you have to add more)

Once it comes to a boil , crumble the dal dosa into pieces, and add to the curry.

Grind coconut and cashewnuts to a paste , and add to the boiling curry. Add the mint

leaves and simmer for 5-7 minutes.

Cover for few minutes , and serve hot.

My suggestions : Minced meat can be added to the dal and made the same way .

Send in your suggestions and comments!

STEAMED VADA KORMA


This is a very famous dish in india served mainly with iddli ,or dosa.

It can be served with chappathis or any rice you prefer.

This is similar to any meat ball curry,kofta curry .The authentic recipe has fried

vadas or pakoras (pakodas)  CRUNCHY PAKODAS OR PAKORAS  in the  spicy curry,but i

wanted to steam it in the shape of vada ,and  make this korma.

So let’s get into the recipe.(with variations)

Ingredients for the vada

2 cups bengal gram dal (kadala paruppu/channa dal)

2 pips garlic with peel on.

1 tsp cummin seed powder

1/2 tsp peppercorns.

few curry leaves

salt to taste.

Method

Soak the dal for 20 minutes.Grind dal coarsely with the rest of the ingredients.(without

adding water.Add salt to taste and form into vadas.

Steam for 10 minutes  and set aside.

For the korma

2 onions chopped

3 tomatoes chopped fine

1 tblsp.ginger garlic paste.

1/2 tsp.turmeric powder

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp.garam masala powder

few chopped mint leaves

2 tblsp.oil/ghee

1/2 tsp.aniseeds

1/2 coconut

3-4 ladies finger/drumstick cut into 2 inch pieces (optional)

salt to taste

Method

Heat oil and add onions and saute till light brown . Add tomatoes and mint leaves and

cook till the tomatoes look very soft and pulpy.If you are using ladies finger ,put it at this

stage.

Next add the rest of the spices and the ground coconut.

Add the required amount of water .

Add the steamed  vadas and cook for 5-10 minutes on a low fire.

Garnish with coriander leaves or curry leaves

Note:When you grind coconut ,grind in the same jar with a little leftover dal.This is done

to get a thick korma.

Keerai vada(lentil & greens ).You can transform this keerai vada recipe ,to this korma

recipe.Send me your comments and ideas.

Variation of lamb mince vada korma:After grinding dal you could add 150 gms mince to

the ground dal and steam.

For non vegetarian korma add 10-12 cashewnuts or almonds ground with the coconut.

This a basic korma recipe .You can innovate your ideas for the koftas .