Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Aavadalu ( Dahi Vada ) / Perugu Vadalu

This is a very famous South Indian recipe goes for any Festival or Occassion.Ther are also called as Peruguvadalu in Andhra & Dahi vadain North India.Frying Vadas & dipping these to Curd seasoning is the main process.My Mom makes this dish Excellent and I trained from her and made me easier to prepare . When any Festival is coming soon in India,and the Son-in-Laws are arriving home means that time Mother-in-law being compulsory prepare these recipe either plain Garelu ,Plain Vada or Dahi vada.It Can be served as a Evening Snack or a Tiffin. I like this very much and  I tried it for this for the Bhai Dhooj festival for my brothers & you also have  a look towards my recipe to try.


For Vada (Garelu)

  • Urad dal-1cup (Soaked for 4 to 5 hours)
  • Ginger-1inch
  • Greenchillies-3no
  • Salt-1tsp
  • Oil for deep frying the Vada
For Dahi (Curd)
  • Curd-4 to 5 cups
  • Salt-2tsps
  • Curry leaves-10
  • Ginger Chilli paste-2tsp (1/2 inch ginger & 4 green chillies ground to fine paste)
For Seasoning:
  • Oil-1tbsp
  • Mustard seeds-1tsp
  • Urad dal-1tsp
  • Cumin seeds-1tsp
  • Turmeric-1/4tsp (optional)
  • Dry red chilies -3no breaks
  • Hing-1/4tsp
  • Kothimeer leaves- chopped
  • Grated carrot
  • Sev or Bhoondi
  • Pomegranate seeds for kids
  1. Wash & soak 1 Cup Urad dal for 4-5 hours or whole night & make fine paste adding ginger & green chillies.The dough should be smooth but thick.(Add water only if necessary)
  2. Beat curd and make it smooth.To it add green chilly ginger paste and salt and mix well.
  3. Heat oil in apan,add Mustard seeds,Cumin seeds,and hing to it.When these starts spluttering add curryleaves  & red chillies and fry for few sec.
  4. Add this seasoning to the beaten curd.
  5. Heat sufficient oil in a pan for deep fry.Now add salt ,mix well & take a small ball of grounded Urad dal & place it on a plastic sheet.(Apply water if necessary to the plastic sheet)  (can also try using our palms or in India usually choose plantain leaf)
  6. Make small circle and make a hole in the middle with your finger.
  7. Now carefully drop the vada in the oil.In the same manner you can make remaining Vadas with the Urad dough.
  8. Fry Until golden color .
  9. Drain & drop them in the Curd mixture.Soak them for 20 to 30 mins.
  10. Refrigerate & Serve them chilled with any garnishing you like to taste.Yummy Aavadalu /Dahi vada are ready ......enjoy.......!!

  • You can also add Onions,greenchillies,salt,Jeera & ginger pieces to the dough and fry this vada ,goes well with any spicy chutney.
  • Also try the plain vada ,dipped in the beaten plain curd & serve this by sprinkling Chat powder on its top.
  • Adding salt to the dough before dropping vadas in to the oil,can 't make watery.
  • Fried vadas can be placed in hot water for 10 minutes  & dipped in the curd can make smooth .
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