Recently i had vada for breakfast in AAB. I found jeera , pepper corns , onions and curry leaves . So i too started making in that way as my husband loves pepper more than onions. Here i have mentioned pepper & jeera in the ingredients list. For poojas we add only pepper.. Add onions alone or both onion & pepper as per ur wish.But remember to add onions just before frying vada else onions will leave water and make the batter watery. Always keep the batter refrigerated till use.No problem if one or two tsp of water goes extra. Batter will thicken if u refrigerate it. If u find the batter too watery , add few tsp of rice flour to make it thick & to make a proper shaped vada . But u should serve it hot . Otherwise vadas won’t be crispy in room temperature.Also if u add less water to grind the batter , vada will be hard. If u add the correct water & grind the batter , vada will stay crispy even after it cools down . Vada won’t drink much of oil if the batter is right. My MIL used to add a tsp of toor dal while soaking urad dal to avoid oil absorption. Beginners can follow this method.Some people soak little raw rice along with urad dal or add a tsp of rice flour to the batter. All these are not necessary if u grind the batter in right consistency..
Ok friends , let me know ur comments if u try this method. Good luck
Do check out my mixed vegetable vada if interested ..
1 cup = 200 gms
VIDEO FOR GRINDING THE BATTER
VIDEO FOR SHAPING THE VADA USING A SHEET
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