Hello friends! Looking at the logo I am sure most of new comers would wonder what is this south vs north challenge. Well, the mastermind or the boss who started this event is Divya pramil from You too can cook and this event is monthly event where two teams that is South team and North team have to challenge each other with their regional dish. South team makes what North team challenges and vice versa. This month challenge from South team is to make vadakari and its by ramya from lemoncurry and for north team its manjula from desi fiesta as she has challenged south to make rajashthani ghevars.
Since I am from north team I have to make the vada kari.
So here I am with the very easy vada kari.
Ingredients for making vadas:
- 200gms bengal gram/chana dal
- 1tbsp fennel seeds
- 2-3 red chillies
- 2-3 garlic cloves
- salt to taste
- oil as required
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 1 tomato finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
- 2 green chillies
- 1/4 tsp garam masala powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- salt to taste
- water as required
- 3 tbsp oil
- 1tsp mustard seeds
- 1tsp fennel seeds
- 1 cinnamon stick
Soak bengal gram for 1hour. Coarsely grind with fennel seeds, red chilli, garlic and salt. Heat oil in pan and make vadas of the gram paste. Crumble vadas to use in curry.
In another pan, heat oil for curry, add fennel seed, mustard seeds, cinnamon stick. Saute it nicely then add onions and saute more.After that add tomato and cook it well.
Add all the masalas and salt and little water as required. Let it boil once. Here I would added crumbled vadas just a little before serving as hot curry wud make vadas soft and crumble more. I thought my vadas vanished in the gravy. Serve it hot.
This was so easy to make and yet so yummy dish and made a nice change in regular meals in my home. Vadakari we enjoyed with pooris. I could not get good pics for this but we loved the dish. Also since I did not have fennel seeds at home I used ajwain/carrom seeds instead and also added clove along with cinnamon stick.
Here are the pics though nothing step by step. But checking ramya site would show you step by step details.
I had some vadas still left so made the gravy again in morning to give to my son for his tiffin..
Well Ramya hope I made it correctly. Over to you all for your lovely comments.