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February 3, 2020

Instant Ulavacharu Using Readymade Paste


ulavacharu using readymade paste

Ulavacharu is a traditional Andhra special dish originated from Krishna and Guntur districts. Ulavacharu is a soupy (rasam/ saaru) kind of dish made from horsegram (Ulavalu in Telugu and Kollu in Tamil). Its a protein-rich, low fat food that contains a high amount of dietary fibers and is known to lower cholesterol, helps to reduce obesity. It looks thick, dark in color and it has a spicy, tangy taste with an earthy smell and flavor. Ulavacharu is usually served with plain rice adding a dollop of fresh cream, butter or ghee.

Recently people from Sitara foods, a homemade and handmade food brand based out of Hyderabad reached out to me. They are supported and recognized by the Government of India as a women empowerment startup. Friends , do check out their website sitarafoods.com to see their Andhra special pickles, pulihora paste, masala powders, traditional sweets and fryums. When they asked me to try their readymade ulavacharu paste and make a post in my blog, I had no clue about this recipe. After watching few YouTube videos, I came to know that making ulavacharu is a lengthy process which involves hours of cooking. But Sitara foods has made this authentically on wood fired mud stoves or poyyi by boiling Ulavalu for 14 to 15 hours and then made this readymade paste adding tamarind, spices and is prepared without any preservatives. You can make and enjoy this healthy ulavacharu using this paste effortlessly at home.


Here is the picture of readymade ulavacharu paste. 



All you have to do is just mix the paste in water, simmer and boil till thick. You can do the tempering with or without onion, garlic as you like. I did small modifications in this recipe by adding chilli powder as the spice level is less in this paste. So you can adjust it as per your taste buds. I made it for our weekend lunch. The smell was amazingly good. While boiling, its aroma was wafting through the entire house which tempted us to eat. I am sure everyone would love to try this delicious and delightful dish undoubtedly. As I am not aware of the authentic taste of ulavacharu, I passed a sample of this paste to my neighbor who is from Andhra. She too liked it and gave a good feedback. Apart from the spice level, everything is good in this paste. Friends, do check out and buy this ulavacharu paste from Sitara foods. It will be helpful for bachelors and people who travel abroad to make a quick lunch. Sitara foods is giving a shelf life of 9 months for this product under refrigeration. I hope you find the price reasonable as well. Ok, lets see how to make this yummy and tasty Andhra special ulavacharu easily, instantly and quickly using this readymade paste from Sitara foods.

Ulavacharu using readymade paste


Ulavacharu using readymade paste

Andhra special ulavacharu using readymade paste



Cuisine: Andhra
Category: Side dish for rice
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes



INGREDIENTS
1 cup = 240ml
  • Readymade ulavacharu paste - 3 tbsp (adjust as per taste)
  • Water - 2 cups
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 to 1 tsp (as per taste)
  • Salt - as needed
To Temper
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli - 2 (pinched into two)
  • Green chilli - 1 (slit into two)
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Big onion – 1 (finely chopped)
HOW TO MAKE ULAVACHARU USING PASTE
  1. In a bowl, take 2 cups of water and mix 3 to 4 tbsp of ulavacharu paste.
  2. Heat a kadai and add this diluted ulavacharu. Boil for few minutes in low flame.
  3. Check for taste and add some chilli powder, salt if needed.
  4. In the mean time, heat a small kadai with oil. Temper mustard seeds, urad dal and cumin seeds.
  5. Add red chilli, green chilli and curry leaves. Saute onion till transparent.
  6. Add to the boiling ulavacharu. Boil for few minutes till it reaches desired consistency.
  7. Serve hot with plain rice adding butter, ghee or fresh cream. Enjoy !
METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Take 3 to 4 tbsp of ulavacharu paste and mix with 2 cups of water. Check for taste and add some salt and chilli powder if needed. I added 1/2 tsp chilli powder.

  • Heat a kadai and add this mixture. Let it roll boil for few minutes in low to medium flame.

  • In the mean time, heat oil in a small kadai. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds, curry leaves. Add onion and saute till transparent. Add to the boiling ulavacharu.

  • Boil for few more minutes till it reaches the desired consistency. I made it slightly thick in consistency as it becomes thicker over the time.

  • Serve hot with plain rice adding ghee or butter or fresh cream. We relished it adding ghee. You can refrigerate the leftover paste and use for few months.

Note

  1. Adjust the quantity of paste as per your taste.
  2. I felt the paste was less spicy. So I used red chilli powder.
  3. Tempering and adding sautéed onions makes this ulavacharu tastes so good and flavorful. So don’t skip it.

Try this Andhra special Ulavacharu easily using the paste and enjoy with plain rice !
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August 27, 2019

Kovakkai Masala Kuzhambu Recipe –Tindora Gravy For Rice, Roti

kovakkai masala kuzhambu
Today’s Kovakkai masala kuzhambu / Tindora gravy for rice and roti is my long time pending recipe bookmarked from Nees kitchen. At last I tried it yesterday for our lunch. I made slight changes in the ingredients and prepared this gravy directly in my pressure cooker as I had less time to cook. So the job was done under 15 minutes. It was so easy to make and tasted great with nice peanut flavor. We all loved it with plain rice and ghee. You can enjoy with roti if you make the gravy slightly thick. The taste of this gravy reminds you Andhra style dondakaya masala. Ok friends, lets see how to make this easy and yummy kovakkai masala with step by step pictures.

kovakkai kulambu


Kovakkai masala recipe


Kovakkai masala recipe

Kovakkai masala recipe / Tindora gravy for rice, roti



Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes



INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250ml
  • Tindora / Kovakkai - 25 nos
  • Ripe tomato - 2
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
To roast and grind
  • Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
  • Sesame seeds - 2 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch
  • Cloves - 2
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Roasted peanuts - 1/3 cup ( I used with skin)
  • Grated coconut - 1 tbsp (optional)
To temper
  • Gingely oil – 3 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Chana dal – 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – Few
  • Green chilli – 2
  • Big onion – 2
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
HOW TO MAKE KOVAKKAI MASALA
  1. Wash and slit kovakkai into . Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai and roast all the ingredients given under “to roast and grind”.
  3. Lastly add roasted peanuts and coconut. Mix well and switch off the flame.
  4. Grind the masala to a smooth paste. In a pressure cooker heat oil.
  5. Splutter mustard seeds, urad, chana dal and cumin seeds. Add green chilli.
  6. Add the onion and saute well. Add the slit kovakkai and toss for a minute.
  7. Add gg paste and saute well. Add turmeric powder and chilli powder.
  8. Saute quickly without burning the masala. Add tomato , peanut masala and cook for a minute.
  9. Lastly add 1 cup of water and pressure cook in low flame for one whistle.
  10. Open the cooker after steam is released. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  11. Serve hot with rice or roti.
KOVAKKAI MASALA RECIPE - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Wash and slit the kovakkai / Ivy gourd into 4 parts till half the way. 

  • Heat a kadai and dry roast the sesame seeds, dhania seeds, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom. Switch off the flame and add roasted peanuts, grated coconut. Grind to a smooth paste adding required water. Set aside.

  • Heat oil in a cooker base and splutter mustard seeds, urad dal , chana dal and cumin seeds. Add onion and green chilli. Saute till onion become transparent.

  • Add chopped kovakkai, saute for a minute. Add ginger garlic paste and saute for one minute. Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt & mix well. Do not burn any spices.

  • Now add chopped tomato. Cook till mushy. Then add the ground peanut masala. Mix and cook for a minute. Now add required water. I used 1 cup of water. Mix well and check for taste. Pressure cook in low flame for one whistle (It takes 8 to 10 minutes). Switch off the flame and let the pressure subside.

  • Open the cooker. You will see a layer of oil floating on top with a nice masala smell. Check the thickness of gravy. If its too watery, boil for a minute. If its too thick, add little water and mix well. Give one boil if needed. Garnish with coriander leaves.

  • Enjoy mixing with plain rice adding few drops of ghee ! You can also try with roti / chapathi if you like.

Note

  • Use small size kovakkai for better looks. I used bigger ones. So my gravy was not so appealing.
  • Cinnamon and coconut are optional. Its not mentioned in the original recipe. But I used it.
  • Adjust the quantity of green chilli and chilli powder as per your taste.

Try this easy, yummy kovakkai masala kuzhambu recipe and enjoy !
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November 8, 2018

Andhra Hotel Style Peanut Chutney Recipe(Without Coconut) For Idli, Dosa


I got this Andhra hotel style peanut chutney recipe from Vahchef’s video. Vahchef mentioned that he learnt this chutney recipe from the cook of a popular street side hotel. As this recipe is completely different from the usual hotel style peanut chutney without coconut, I tried it immediately. It came out so well. We all loved it very much. If you have roasted peanuts in hand, you can make this chutney under 10 minutes with very less ingredients. The best part is adding roasted and crushed urad dal at the end which is unique and gives a mild crunchy taste. Friends, do try this Andhra hotel style peanut chutney without coconut (palli chutney / Verusenaga pachadi in Telugu) for idli, dosa. You will love it.  I served it with thatte idli  ( plate idli).

Hotel peanut chutney recipe without coconut


Hotel peanut chutney recipe without coconut

Andhra hotel style peanut chutney recipe without using coconut. Its a good side dish for idli and dosa.



Cuisine: Andhra
Category: Chutney
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes



INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250ml
  • Roasted peanuts - 1/2 cup
  • Garlic cloves - 4 small
  • Kashmiri red chilli powder - 1/2 tbsp (1.5 to 2 tsp)
  • Tamarind - small gooseberrey size
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
To saute and grind
  • Cooking oil - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1.5 tbsp
  • Curry leaves - 5
  • Hing / Asafetida – 2 pinches
To Temper
  • Cooking oil - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few
HOW TO MAKE HOTEL PEANUT CHUTNEY
  1. To make hotel peanut chutney, heat oil in a kadai and roast the garlic.
  2. To this add roasted peanuts with skin. Lower the flame and add chilli powder, tamarind extract. Mix well and switch off the flame.
  3. Add salt and grind to a smooth paste adding required water. Chutney should be slightly watery.
  4. Transfer to a bowl. Again heat oil in a kadai. Splutter mustard seeds, cumin, urad dal, curry leaves and hing. Roast and grind to coarse powder.
  5. Add this powder to peanut chutney. Mix well. Temper mustard, curry leaves.  Add to chutney. Mix well and serve with hot idli, dosa.
PEANUT CHUTNEY - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Dry roast the peanuts in a hot kadai till it skin crackles OR microwave peanuts in high power for 2 minutes. No need to remove the skin. Cool down and set aside. Soak tamarind in 1/2 cup water and take the extract. Keep it aside.

  • In a kadai, heat 1 tbsp oil and roast the garlic cloves. Add roasted peanuts, mix well. Lower the flame. Add salt, red chilli powder. Mix quickly and add tamarind extract without burning chilli powder.

  • After it cools down, grind everything to a smooth paste. Do not add more water while grinding, it may splash. So first grind the peanuts with required water to a smooth paste. Then add more water and grind to a watery chutney.

  • Transfer to a serving bowl. Now heat oil in a kadai and temper mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, hing and curry leaves. Roast the dal till golden. Grind to a powder.

  • Add to chutney, mix well. Again temper mustard seeds, curry leaves and add to chutney. Tempering is not mentioned in original recipe. But I did it. Please check the main pictures for this step. 

  • Serve this chutney with hot idli and dosa. Enjoy !

Note

  • Adjust the quantity of red chilli powder based on your taste.
  • For variations, you can add 1 tbsp coconut while grinding.

Try this Andhra hotel style peanut chutney for idli, dosa and enjoy !

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October 15, 2018

Chalimidi, Vadapappu, Panakam - Andhra Naivedyam Recipes

 
Vadapappu, Chalimidi and Panakam are the 3 most popular and quick and easy naivedyam recipes of Andhra. It is usually prepared for Ramanavami , Varalakshmi vratham and on the first day of Navratri. All these 3 prasdams can be prepared under 10 minutes. Chalimidi is of two types. One is pachi chalimidi is an uncooked version which is made of rice flour and powdered jaggery. Second one is Pakkam chalimidi in which rice flour is cooked in jaggery syrup. In Tamil, it is called as Maavilakku. Today I have shared Pachi chalimidi recipe. Traditionally chalimidi is prepared using homemade processed rice flour. But today I have shared a quick version using store bought rice flour/Idiyappam flour. Vadapappu is also an easy, one ingredient naivedayam recipe prepared by soaking moong dal. It is similar to Karnataka's Kosambari.  Panakam is a sweet drink and a summer coolant that is prepared by mixing jaggery, dry ginger powder, pepper powder in water. Friends, do try these 3 easy, yummy Andhra special naivedayam recipes for festivals and offer to God.

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Chalimidi recipe, Vadapappu and Panakam


Chalimidi recipe, Vadappau and Panakam

Chalimidi recipe, Vadapappu and Panakam - 3 Andhra special Naivedaym recipes



Cuisine: Andhra
Category: Sweet
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 10 Minutes



INGREDIENTS

1 cup = 250ml
Chalimidi recipe
  • Idiyappam flour / Homemade processed rice flour – 1/2 cup
  • Powdered jaggery or powdered sugar – 1/4 cup ( I used organic brown sugar, so color is dark)
  • Cardamom powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Water - 1 tbsp or more as needed
Vadapappu recipe
  • Moong dal - 1/4 cup
  • Water - to soak
Panakam Recipe
  • Water - 1 cup
  • Powdered jaggery - 2 tbsp
  • Dry ginger powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Cardamom powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Tulsi leaves - to garnish

METHOD

  1. To make Chalimidi, take the rice flour, jaggery, ghee, cardamom powder in a bowl.
  2. Mix  well. Add little water if needed and make a non-sticky ball. Pachi Chalimidi is ready.
  3. To make vadapappu, wash and soak moong dal in water for 1 hour. Drain the water completely and offer to God. 
  4. For panakam preparation, mix jaggery and other ingredients in water. Filter the water.
  5. Panakam is ready. Garnish with few tulsi leaves and offer to God on Ramanavami and other festivals.

METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES


  • How to make pachi chalimidi : Take store bought idiyappam/ appam flour in a bowl. Add powdered jaggery ( I used organic brown sugar/Naatu sakkarai, so its color is too dark), cardamom powder, ghee. Mix well. Add 1 to 2 tbsp. water. Mix well and make a smooth ball. Pachi chalimidi is ready. 

  • How to make vadapappu : In a bowl, take the moong dal. Wash and soak in enough water for an hour. Drain the water completely and take the soaked, wet moong dal. Offer to God.

  • How to make panakam: Take one cup of water. Add powdered jaggery, cardamom powder, dry ginger powder and pepper powder. Mix well and strain it. Garnish with few Tulsi leaves. Panakam is ready to serve. Enjoy !

Note

  • Adjust the quantity of jaggery in chalimidi and panakam based on your taste.

3 easy and yummy Andhra special naivedyam recipes are ready !


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October 11, 2018

Bellam Paramannam In Pressure Cooker – Andhra Rice Payasam With Jaggery

Bellam paramannam recipe

 Paramannam is a rice based sweet dish that is most popular in Andhra. This Indian dessert recipe is also known as annam payasam, bellam paramannam in Telugu. In simple words, bellam paramannam is nothing but Andhra style rice payasam with jaggery.  It is one of the most important naivedyam recipes that is offered to God for festivals like Sankranti, Varalakshmi Vratham, Ganesh chaturthi, Navratri and much more. This sweet dish is prepared with rice, milk, sugar or jaggery, nuts and ghee. Authentically paramannam is made by cooking raw rice in milk in an open pot. But I prepared this bellam paramannam in a pressure cooker. It took just 15 minutes for making this Andhra style payasam recipe. Consistency of paramannam depends on the quantity of milk and jaggery syrup. It looks thin when hot and it thickens over time. So you can adjust the quantity of milk as per the desired consistency. There are chances of paramannam getting curdled when you add jaggery syrup to the hot milk. So you should always add the jaggery syrup after switching off the flame. You can make it perfect all the time. So friends, try this yummy Andhra style paramannam recipe during this Navratri festival and enjoy. Lets see how to make bellam paramannam recipe with step by step pictures.

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Paramannam recipe

Paramannam recipe - Bellam paramannam


Paramannam recipe - Bellam paramannam

Andhra style rice kheer with jaggery - Bellam paramannam recipe with step by step pictures.



Cuisine: Andhra recipes
Category: Sweet
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes



INGREDIENTS

1 cup - 250ml
  • Raw rice / Sona masoori rice – 1/4 cup
  • Boiled Milk – 2 cups or Milk + water – 1 cup each
  • Sugar or jaggery – 1/2 cup (adjust as per taste)
  • Water – 1/4 cup for syrup
  • Cardamom – 2 nos (crushed)
  • Cashews and dry grapes/raisins - Few

HOW TO MAKE BELLAM PARAMANNAM RECIPE

  1. In a pressure cooker base, take the rice, milk. Put a spoon inside the cooker to avoid splashing of milk.
  2. Pressure cook in low flame for 2 whistles. Switch off the flame. Open, mash the rice well.
  3. In a pan, melt jaggery and make a thin syrup.
  4. Strain and add the jaggery syrup to the cooked rice when warm. Mix well.
  5. Add the cardamom powder, roasted nuts. Boil in low flame for a minute.
  6. Switch off the flame and serve hot or cold.

BELLAM PARAMANNAM - STEP BY STEP PICTURES

  • Wash the rice. In a pressure cooker base, take the rice, milk + water or milk alone. Add a pinch of salt. Mix well, drop a small plate or spoon inside the Cooker. It helps to avoid splashing of milk while it whistles.  Pressure cook in very low flame for two whistles. 

  • Open the cooker after the steam is released. Remove the spoon. Mash the rice with a whisk and make it mushy.  Add some water if it's too thick. Boil for a minute. Remove and Set aside.

  • In a bowl, take the jaggery and add water. Boil and melt the jaggery completely. Make a thin syrup. No need to bring any consistency. Switch off the flame and let the syrup becomes warm.

  • Strain the syrup in a metal strainer. Add to the cooked rice. Mix well and check for consistency. Add more boiled milk or water if needed. Do not switch on the flame.

  • Heat ghee in a small kadai. Roast the cashews and raisins till golden. Add to the paramannam. Add cardamom powder. Mix well. You can add a pinch of edibke camphor if you like.

  • Now Switch on the flame and keep it very low. Boil for a minute or two. Mix now and then. Do not roll boil. Paramannan should be just heated. Switch off the flame and keep it aside. Serve hot or cold as you like.

  • Enjoy !

Note

  • Adjust the quantity of jaggery as you like.
  • Do not add hot jaggery syrup to the payasam. It may curdle.
  • Instead of pressure cooking, you can cook the rice in an open pot. But keep stirring every now and then to avoid burnt bottom.
  • You can also cook the rice in equal quantity of water and milk.
  • You can add a pinch of edible camphor for more flavor.

Yummy, Andhra style rice kheer with jaggery is ready to serve. Tastes the best when served chilled.


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August 21, 2018

Garelu Recipe – Crispy Minapa Garelu Recipe - Vada Recipe in Mixie

Garelu


Medu vada / urad dal vada i.e Minapa garelu in Telugu is a popular breakfast and teatime snack recipe all over India. As Varalakshmi viratham is fast approaching, I thought of sharing this Andhra style garelu which is a must to do recipe for Varalakshmi pooja prasad/ neivedyam. My neighbors from Andhra taught me how to make this easy, perfectly crispy minapa vada batter in mixie. I also referred my mixie vada recipe and Mrudula’s cookbook Youtube video for more tips and tricks to make crispy, spongy vada just like hotel ones. Basically urad dal vada is prepared by adding onions  But if we are making for festival and pooja, we should prepare vada without onion. In that case, you can make plain vada or with pepper. In Andhra, people make it plain without any toppings for Varalakshmi pooja. So I have shared the same in pictures. I have also shared an easy method for shaping vada for beginners. Please refer the video for more details.  As we are grinding the vada batter in mixie, there are certain points to remember to make it perfect. I have listed the tips and tricks below. Please go through the points before you start with this recipe. For grinding more quantity, grind the batter using grinder. Mixie works for small quantity. Ok, Lets see how to make medu vada in mixie with step by step pictures and video.

Check out my Vada recipe using grinder, Pepper vada, Cabbage vada, Mixed vegetable vada and Anjaneyar kovil vadai

TIPS TO MAKE PERFECT, CRISPY MEDU VADA IN MIXIE

1.Refrigerate the dal while soaking. Soak for 3 to 4 hours.
2.Use ice cold water(dal soaked water) for grinding.
3.Do not add salt while grinding dal.
4.Beat the batter after adding rice flour.
5.Batter should be fluffy and smooth.
6.Refrigerate the batter till use.
7.Add salt and toppings (onion, pepper) only before frying vada.
8.Always grease your hands in water for shaping vada.


minapa garelu recipe

Minapa Garelu Recipe - Crispy Medu Vada Batter in Mixie


Minapa Garelu Recipe - Crispy Medu Vada Batter  in Mixie

Learn how to make Andhra style minapa garelu recipe / Urad dal vada with step by step pictures.



Cuisine: Andhra
Category: Snacks
Serves: 15 nos
Prep time: 180 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 185 Minutes



INGREDIENTS

1 cup - 250ml
  • White round urad dal - 1 cup
  • Ice water - as needed ( I used around 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp)
  • Green chilli - 1
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
To add in vada batter
  • Big onion - 1 (finely chopped)
  • Curry leaves - Few (-do-)
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp (-do-)
  • Cumin seeds / Jeera - 1/2 tsp
  • Pepper corns - 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Hing / Asafetida - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
  • Cooking oil - to deep fry vada

HOW TO MAKE GARELU

  1. Wash and soak urad dal in required water for 4 hours in refrigerator.
  2. Grind to a coarse paste adding green chilli, ginger, soaked urad dal without adding water.
  3. Wipe the sides. Add 1/4 cup ice water. Grind to smooth paste.
  4. Add more water gradually to make a fine, smooth paste.
  5. Transfer the vada batter to a vessel. Add rice flour and beat the batter well for 5 minutes.
  6. Then add the toppings like onion and other ingredients. Add salt, hing. Mix well and shape vada.
  7. Heat oil and deep fry vada by cooking both sides. Remove and serve hot with coconut chutney  as side dish !

GARELU RECIPE - STEP BY STEP PICTURES

  • Wash and soak urad dal in required water in refrigerator for 4 hours. If not 4 hours, keep the dal inside the refrigerator atleast for an hour. You can also soak the dal without refrigeration and use ice water only for grinding. Ice water helps to prevent mixie jar getting heated.

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  • In a big mixer jar, take the soaked urad dal by draining all the water completely. Reserve the soaked ice water in a bowl. Add ginger and green chilli. DO NOT ADD SALT. Grind to a coarse paste without adding water. Wipe the sides of jar and grind it well.
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  • Add 1/4 cup of ice water and grind to paste. Wipe the sides and mix well. Add little more water in few tbsp and grind to a smooth buttery paste without any grits. Do not add more water while grinding. Its the most important point to make perfect vada batter.
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  • Vada batter should be thick. It should form a stiff peak when you drop the batter. It is the right consistency. Transfer the batter to a vessel.
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  • Add rice flour and beat the batter for 5 minutes using a whisk. DO NOT USE YOUR HANDS FOR BEATING THE BATTER. Batter may become watery due to the heat of your hands. Vada batter become fluffy and ight.
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  • Take some water in a bowl. Add a small piece of  Vada batter and check if it floats on top of water. If the batter settles down, you should grind it more or beat more.
  • Add some water to the mixie jar. Grind to wash the jar. Transfer the washed water to a small bowl and use it for greasing your hands while shaping vada.
garelu recipe
  • After beating the batter,  add salt, hing, cumin seeds, Pepper corns (optional) and prepare vada if making for pooja. If you are making for breakfast or snack, add  finely chopped onion, curry leaves, coriander leaves, cumin seeds and pepper corns (optional). Add required salt and hing. Mix well and set aside.
  • Heat oil to deep fry. Drop a pinch of batter to check the heat of oil. To shape vada, take a dosa flipper and grease it with water. Grease your hands with water and take some batter. Keep it on the dosa flipper. Make a hole in the center. Invert the ladle and drop the vada in hot oil. Shake the dosa flipper slightly for the vada to drop in oil Or dip the ladle slightly in oil so that vada releases to the oil as soon as it starts to cook.
  • For method 2 to shape vada : Grease hands with water and take a small portion of batter. Make a hole the center and shape the vada, Drop in hot oil to deep fry.
garelu recipe
  • Flip and cook both sides in medium flame till bubbles cease. Remove the vada and serve.
  • You can enjoy this crispy, hot vada with coconut chutney, sambar or make curd vada and enjoy !
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    Enjoy !

Note

  • Do not add salt while grinding the batter.
  • Beat the batter till fluffy after adding rice flour.
  • Deep fry in medium flame for even cooking.
  • Please check the beginning of this post for more tips and tricks.
Try this medu vada recipe easily in mixie and enjoy the festival !
Crispy garelu recipe

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