For making Vada :
Channa dal -- 1 cup
Fennel seeds -- 1/4 tsp
Garlic --crushed -- 1 no.
Dry red chilly -- 1 no.
Green chilly -- 1 no.
Salt -- to taste
Ginger -- Crushed -- a very small piece
For making Gravy :
Onion -- finely chopped -- 1 no.
Tomato --chopped -- 2 nos.
Green chilly --slit open -- 1 no.
Red chilli powder --less than 1/4 tsp (acc to taste )
Turmeric powder -- a pinch
Coconut milk -- 1 cup (optional)
Salt -- to taste
Coriander leaves -- handful
For tempering :
Oil -- 1 1/2 tbsp
Mustard seeds -- 1/2 tsp
Urad dal --1/2 tsp
Curry leaves -- a sprig
Soak the dal for min 2 hrs and grind to coarse mix along with other ingredients to make Vada .. Keep it aside.
We can make vada curry in two ways ...
First Method :
U can make a small patties of that vada mix and deep fry it in oil ..Thatz what called masala vadai..
Leave itr for few minutes and then crumble vadas into small chunks and bits.. This is one method..
Second Method :
For those who r very consicious reg oil intake may opt for this one..
Here what we gonna do is STEAM .. Make small patties or grease the idli plates with wee little bit of oil and cover it with vada mix in each dip. Steam this vada mix for 10 minutes and cool it. Crumble to bits and pieces.. (as u do for making Usili )
Here I've adopted the second method .
Then take a sauce pan and add the oil. Do the tempering by adding mustard seeds when oil is hot. Add urad dal and curry leaves as well and fry it ..U may add the onions and saute it for a while. Dump the tomatoes once the onion is perfectly done. Add little bit of salt ( keep in mind vada has already salt..so add salt only for the gravy ..) ,turmeric powder and the red chilli powder. Blend it well and cook until the tomatoes turn mushy.. This might take 2 to 3 minutes. Now add the crumbled vada mixture and scald well with the gravy mixture..Check for the taste. Add the required ingredient if the gravy demands anything. U may add coconut milk or water may be a cup and combine well. Cook this mixture until everything comes together. finally add the coriander leaves and mix it well.. Yummylicious for Idli...
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U may add a pinch of Hing as well cos of the channa dal..
I've added cumin seeds for seasoning..Sorry can't skip it..