Happy Pongal everyone!! Hope you guys are busy preparing yummy goodies for the festival. First thing that comes to my mind when i think about Sankranthi are the Rangolis( muggulu ). Just after finishing our Half Early exams at school we get 10 holidays and those days were a great fun start in the new year. The very last day of our exams, we pack our luggage and head to grandma's house. I remember the house would be swamped with people( pinni, babai, atha, mama etc., ) uncles, aunts and cousins. During those ten days we make rangolis( muggulu ) everyday, dress pretty and eat good homemade festive food. Grandma used to make a lot of yummy sweets and savouries, like Ariselu( Sweet rice cakes ), Bobbatlu( Sweet lentil Breads ), KajjiKayalu( Fried Sweet with jaggery and lentils ), Paalakayalu( Crispy spicy small rounds ), Pappu Billalu( Crispy rice fritters ), Vada( crispy lentil fritters ), and of course Pongal along with special curries and rice dishes.

Here's a very well known protein packed festive savoury, Dal Vada with Spinach and Cilantro( Lentil Fritters With Spinach and Cilantro) Palakura Kothimeera Minapa Garelu.


You need:

  • 1 cup Urad Dal( Minappappu /Black Gram )
  • 1 cup tightly packed chopped spinach
  • 1 inch ginger root
  • Green chillies
  • Cilantro
  • Cumin seeds
  • Oil for frying

How to:
  • Soak Urad dal for about 4 hours in water
  • Once soaked grind the batter to a paste( need not be very smooth, and do not add too much water, just add enough to grind )
  • Heat oil for deep frying.
  • To the urad dal batter( lentil batter ) add cumin seeds, chopped ginger, chopped spinach, chopped onions, cilantro and salt to taste.
  • Drop into oil with a spoon or to make traditional vada( vadai ), use your palms this way. Take a small amount of batter in a ball shape, flatten lightly with fingers and drop it very gently into oil from the edges of the pan.
  • My ammamma makes them in a very perfect shape and she dips her hands into water before making each vadai, and this needs of course some experience. Don't panic if you cant get vadas perfectly, its hard for me too to get them in perfect shape and size.
  • Fry these vadas on both sides and drain on to paper napkins to remove any excess oil.

Serving Suggestion:

Serve these vadas hot off the stove along with Garlic Red Chilli Spice Powder( Vellulli Miram ) and ghee. My husband likes them with Chutney and Sambar but i am sure kids would like them with some ketchup.

My piping hot vadas are on its way to:

32 COMMENTS:

Priya Narasimhan said...

looks very cripsy and soft..

Nithya said...

Awesome clicks.. looks fantastic and yummy :)

Happy cook said...

Wow they looks so crispy delicous.

roma said...

Vadai looks very tempting. Nice picture too.

Asha said...

Great to munch in this cold weather, looks yummy.

notyet100 said...

hppy festival,..fritters look yum...

Rachel said...

Very beautiful pictures.

K said...

I love all your pics. Thank you for your message and a Happy new year to you too!

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Hmm looks so crispy and delicious..thanks for visiting...do join in as follower too:)

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Looks so delicious and tempting. Thanks for visiting..do visit often give ur suggestion..hope to see u as a follower too:)

FoodLovers said...

nice click ...looks gr8

Supriya Nair said...

The fritters are really lovely...Nice click

Soma Pradhan said...

You are a good cook and even better photographer

Sara's Corner said...

Perfect and yummy vadas. Photos are looking awesome..Thank you for the lovely entry.

First time here you have a lovely space good to follow you.

EC said...

As it is vadas are tempting and when palak is added to it, it makes it only much more healthier..thanks for participating

SriLekha said...

looks so yummy!

Anupama said...

Kalva, I think I am coming here for the first time. What an amazing blog you have. Lovely pictures too. These spinach and urad dal vadas are a must try. I might make them this weekend.

Anupama

shanthi said...

My favourite vadai. Looks so perfect.Do visit my blog when time permits http://shanthisthaligai.blogspot.com/

Padhu said...

Vada looks crispy.Nice clicks.New to your blog.Do drop by
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Uma said...

tempting garelu. Yum!!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Wow the fritters look very crispy and I love the addition of spinach!!! New display!!!

Pravs said...

beautiful pic with tempting vadai. First time here and i am impressed with your blog :) Thanks for coming by my blog.

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Malar Gandhi said...

Oh waht a lovley picture, garelu looks absolutely gorgeous, crisp...beautiful picture.:)

Vanamala Hebbar said...

lovely ...new to me

Padhu said...

Looks crispy .I think I am new here.Do drop by
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RV said...

Looks delicious and crispy... Lovely click...

Jyostna said...

Hey I like photos in ur blog. they are very alluring

Fathima said...

Looks just perfect... making me drool.. bookmarking this..

vasavisuresh said...

Your palakura minapa garelu looks amazing. My elder son is always a favourite of minapa garelu. Would definetely try this for him.

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Anonymous said...

it is very very nice and i like vada with idly sambar . i will tell this to my wife and take tips from you. badri

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