May 22, 2009

Kara Vadai

This is a recipe passed on to me by my grandma soon after my wedding. She handed me a notebook full of her authentic recipes in her own handwriting which I treasure. My grandma is a great cook and whenever we used to visit her place during our summer vacations we used to return only after gaining a few pounds after eating all her delicious cooking. This is one of her authentic creations. It can be made by soaking and grinding the rice and pulses. But this is an alternative quicker version using gram flour and rice flour.

Ingredients

Rice Flour - 1 cup
Gram Flour - 3/4 cup
Maida/All Purpose Flour - 1/4 cup
Split moong dal/ Yellow moong dal - 2 tablespoons
Asafoetida/Hing - 1 pinch
Baking Soda - 1/4 teaspoon
Onion - 1 medium sized
Chilli powder - 3 teaspoons
Salt to taste

Directions

Chop the onions finely. Sift the rice flour, gram flour and maida together. Mix all the ingredients together. Add water and make a thick batter without any lumps. You can add a little more chilli powder if you want it extra spicy!

In a heavy bottomed vessel, add oil to about 2 inches high and heat. When it is piping hot, ladle a small amount of batter with a spoon and drop the in the oil carefully. Deep fry them in batches of 5 or 6 till they turn golden brown in about 2 to 3 minutes. Take care the flame is not too high, otherwise the inside might not get cooked properly.

Serve hot with tea!

Sending this to My Legume Love Affair - 11th helping hosted by Lori and started by Susan.

45 comments:

  1. Beautiful handwriting on the recipe book! Grandma's vadais look great.

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  2. What a neatly written recipe - so sweet of your grandma. Thanks for this easy & quick, no-grind snack idea looks awesome divya.

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  3. Granny has neat handwritting, i love the way is instant ur kara vadai!

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  4. yummy looking vada ... good one divya .........

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  5. Nice Recipe for Vadas... Great pics!

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  6. Wow! Is that grandma's handwriting? It's perfect!! And those vadais look so tempting, Divya. :)

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  7. These sound so yummy! Thank you for sharing such a precious family recipe!

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  8. Aha-what a lovely snack with tea!!

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  9. Grandmas dedication for cooking stunned me. Her beautiful handwriting along with the karavadai seems like a lovely poem to me.
    Nice recipe. Karavadai with coffee makes a great combo.

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  10. Grandma's recipes are the best. And she gave u a handwritten copy - wow! Laminate it and keep it - its a treasure..
    Lovley click and presentation..

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  11. grandma's handwriting is awesome... what we say - muthu muthaa kai ezhuthu :)

    yummy vadai!

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  12. Neat handwriting! The details and her style of writing shows how dedicated she was into cooking..

    Kara vadai looks tempting..

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  13. Wow you are so fortunate to get the authentic recipes and that too hand written! Adds a special touch to the recipes! Yummy vada..a new recipe for me :)

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  15. wow you are so lucky divya that is a price less gift from your grandma.very nicely she wrote every thing and recipe looks simply superb yum yum yummy

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  16. Loved the handwriting gal..Thats really a wonderful gift.....n the vadai looks yummy too..

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  17. Beautiful handwriting divya..I cant understand the language but i was starring at it..Vadas are looking yummy..

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  18. I can't take my eyes of the recipe book. What a neat hand writing. tha kara vadai looks delicious. Perfect with a cup of coffee.

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  19. Nice of you to put up our mammai's handwritten recipe in your blog.Have'nt seen such a beautiful handwritten recipe anywhere else.Nice yummy vadai sis!Miss you!

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  20. I am not the blessed one to have grandmas around...I have my ammas handwritten recipes with me.
    Amma has already written a book for my daughter too. My daughter is too young and cannot read Tamil well but she on her part has done it.
    My blog was started to give my daughter my recipes like my amma did to me.
    Wonderful vadai. Very simple indeed and Grandmas recipe can`t go wrong...

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  21. i'm going to make it this weekend. i have a lot of rice flour to use up and i can make these in my appam pan.

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  22. God, Divya, I just wanted to grab those off the picture and eat them. Thanks for sharing your grandma's recipe.

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  23. How lucky you are Divya to treasure your grandmom's recipe :) the vadai look soo yummy!!!! thanks for sharing with all of us.

    Siri

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  24. Your granmother's handwriting is just like mine :)

    Nice recipe.

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  25. yummy and inviting vadas Divya! Your grandma's writing is sooo pretty and neat! You're so lucky to get hold of such treasure :)

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  26. Grandma's recipes are the best...Vadai looks delicious and inviting...

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  27. Lovely vada. Ur grandma writting looks great.

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  28. Hey Divya, thats cooool...I just posted 'mysore Bajji' :) As weather is quite rainy, I am making one or other hot snack and am going to try this out..Thanks for the recipe..

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  29. lovely vadais Divya , grandma's recipes are always a treasure

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  30. You are lucky to have your grandma's handwritted recipe. It is a treasure indeed!.
    like the idea of adding rice flour and maida to the batter.

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  31. made it yesterday and it was excellent. thank you.

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  32. Those vadais look so delicious. Though I couldnt read the script, i loved the handwriting of your grandma.

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  33. i am so jealous of you!! im hoping my grandmother will give me something like that, but honestly, i highly doubt it. lol.
    the vadai looks delicious!

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  34. Recipes written with love are the best and I can see the effort your grandma did to give you her recipes.

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  35. Wow your grand ma's handwriting is just perfect..beautiful..and vadai's look very delicious dear..

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  36. That is a quick and easy recipe and am sure tastes great... your grandma has a beautiful writing.

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  37. Looks gorgeous! I love how you can read the recipe - beautiful text.

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  38. I'm having a cup of tea right now and could do with a few of these .:)

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  39. These look delicious. Its 6.30am here otherwise I would be in the kitchen making these. :)

    You have a tresure trove in that collection of beautifully written recipes.

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  40. Grandmas are the best :) I love your grandmas handwriting , very neat , must try this one coz grandmas never go wrong :)

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  41. Oh they sound heavenly. How fortunate for you to have your grandmother's recipes. I'll take mine with that extra chile powder!
    Lori Lynn

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  42. Would love a plate of those crunchy morsels!

    Divya,

    Lori Lynn and I have tried repeatedly to contact you re: your winning the MLLA prize for May. Please let me know if you want me to send it to you or not.

    Thanks.

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  43. My father is a huge fan of kara vadai and I always try to make one for him whenever we see my parents. He has yet to be fully blown away by any of the recipes i've tried. Simplicity is key, and yours looks perfect! Can't wait to try it. thank you for shearing your post.

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  44. Hi.
    I need your help; I had take away at a restaurant interstate, With my curry I had this amazing side dish it was made of yoghurt, some green stuff, red stuff and it had crunchy bits, thats all i can remember.. Im not sure it may have been called chaat, but I cant find any recipes on the net that seem to look like what im talking about :(. If you know a recipe for this dish please please help me out and send it my way.. Thankyou very much.

    Bel, Adelaide, Australia. bee_jaye@hotmail.com

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Thanks for dropping by my blog and rendering your valuable comments..Hope you had a nice time reading my recipes..Thanks for your encouragement..

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