Wednesday, July 8, 2009


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Are you bored of the same chutney/sambar combo for idli?Then,try this..

Though it is time consuming,it tastes heavenly with idli and dosa.


Channa dal - 1 cup

Dry red chillies - 4

Fennel seeds/Saunf - 1 tsp

Finely chopped onion - 2

Tomatoes - 3

Green chillies - 3

Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp

Gingergarlic paste - 1tsp

Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp

Cinnamon - 1/2 inch

Cloves - 2

Pudina leaves - few

oil for frying the vadas.

Coriander leaves for garnishing

Salt to taste


Soak the channa dal in water for 2hrs.Then drain the water completely and grind it along with the dry red chillies,fennel seeds and required amount of salt to a coarse paste.

Then add a little portion from the finely chopped onions to this coarse paste.

Heat 2 cups of oil in a pan.Make small coin sized vadas and when the oil is hot enough,fry the vadas till they become slightly brown in color.Dont fry them till they are crispy.

Drain in paper towels and break them into halves.

In a pan heat 4tbsps of oil.Add the cinnamon and cloves.Then add the ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes off.Now add chopped onions and saute till they are golden brown in color.

Then add tomatoes and green chillies and pudina leaves and saute till the tomatoes are  are mushy.Now add the turmeric powder,coriander powder and fry for some time.Now add 2 cups of water and required amount of salt.When it starts boiling,simmer and add the vadas into it.Close with a lid.After 5 minutes,turn off the heat.

Garnish with coriander  leaves.

Serve hot with idlis/dosas.


Padma said...

That is true... vada kari is a great side dish for idli/dosas ... yours look great and nice recipe :)

Ann said...

I love this recipe, a great combo for dosa. I'm mouth watering for this now :)

ARUNA said...

that's a nice recipe!

Vrinda said...

Nice and unique recipe...looks yumm

Pinky said...

Truely said bored with same chutney/sambar... Looks something different...Lovely.....and very nice....

Vidya said...

Ramya, you have a lovely blog. Vadakari looks yummy. Never tried it before. You're right, it would be a perfect combination for Idlis.

Priya said...


Ramya said...

Thanx padma!!

Ramya said...

Thanx Ann!!

Ramya said...

Thanx aruna

Ramya said...

Thanx Vrindha

Ramya said...

Thanx pinky

Ramya said...

Thanx Vidya for visiting my blog and for u'r lovely words

Ramya said...

Thanx priya!!