Keerai Vadai is one of the most popular South Indian evening snacks, enjoyed with a hot cup of filter coffee. It is a crispy dal vada, perked up with chopped amaranth leaves. Along with onions and usual taste enhancers like ginger, coriander and curry leaves, this recipe also includes fennel seeds, which is very important to get the classic, characteristic taste of these vadas. The Keera Vadai is best had with coconut chutney because the mellow, creamy taste of the chutney complements the spicy and crispy vada beautifully. Serve it hot and fresh after draining the oil.
|Amaranth leaves||1 1/2 Cup (24 tbs) , finely chopped ((chawli / cow pea leaves))|
|Chana dal||3/4 Cup (12 tbs) ((split Bengal gram))|
|Toovar dal||1/4 Cup (4 tbs) ((arhar dal))|
|Urad dal||1 Tablespoon ((split black lentils))|
|Fennel seeds||1 Teaspoon ((saunf))|
|Chopped onions||1/4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Ginger paste||1 Teaspoon ((adrak))|
|Chopped coriander||2 Tablespoon ((dhania))|
|Curry leaves||1 Tablespoon ((kadi patta))|
|Asafoetida||1/4 Teaspoon ((hing))|
|Oil||3 Cup (48 tbs) ((For deep frying))|
|Coconut chutney||1 Cup (16 tbs) ((for serving))|
1.Soak the chana dal, arhar dal, urad dal and fennel seeds in enough water in a deep bowl and keep aside for 2 hours. Drain and keep aside.
2.Remove cup of soaked and drained chana dal mixture in a bowl and keep aside.
3.Blend the remaining chana dal mixture in a mixer to a coarse mixture without using any water.
4.Transfer the mixture into a deep bowl, add all the remaining ingredients, including the soaked and drained chana dal mixture and mix well.
5.Divide the mixture into 16 equal portions and shape each portion into 50 mm. (2) diameter round flat vada.
6.Heat the oil in a deep non-stick kadhai and deep-fry, a few vadas at a time on a medium flame, till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides. Drain on an absorbent paper.
7.Serve immediately with coconut chutney.