Tamil Nadu has a bustling “snack scene”. While most Tamil households practice the “tiffin” culture, (a small meal between lunch and dinner at around 4 o’clock) that consists of idli, dosa, adai or such, my family partakes in the “evening tea”. And no, we’re not British. I have fond memories of my extend, boisterous family spending our evenings talking about politics, religion and sharing anecdotes (some even for the millionth time) over bottomless cups of tea and golden brown masala/paruppu(dal) vadais.
The combination of tea and vadai was the most popular item in my house. My mother would fry batch over batch of crispy vadais, enough to satisfy the endless stream of guests that waltzed in to my home (many of whom I think came just for the tea).
I remember hovering impatiently over the hot kadai pestering my mother to “make it soon”. ‘Cause Lord knows, I was always hungry. Considering the amount of time I spent talking to my mother in the kitchen, I never actually managed to cook anything. So when it came to the vadai I took care of the consumption while she did the manufacturing.
Cut to last week when I decided to make these vadais because what’s Ramadan without some oily goodness clogging up your blood stream . I scanned the Interwebz high and low for a recipe that fit. Nothing managed to click. Finally I gave up and decided to just wing it. I soaked the dal and chopped the onions, green chillies and ginger. Few hours later I was frying up slightly misshapen, but delicious vadais. Turns out the time I spent in the kitchen was of use. While I didn’t pay attention to what or rather, how my mother made the food, my brain was passively recording everything for future use.
And that, my friends, is why you should never take yourself for granted.
Also, y’all are welcome to my house anytime for tea and vadai.
6 thoughts on “V for Vadai”
Looks so yummy! Which dal is it? Is it like moong bhajiya?
This is made out of channa dal. I have no idea what moong bhajiya is!
Looks delish! Makes me want to eat one- piping hot. You know , I have deep fried once in the last 7 years I have cooked. Been too scared to do it somehow. We do eat deep fried crap outside so it is not the calories we are saving. This picture just makes me want to give it a try
This is only yet second time I’ve deep fried something. I’ve realized that deep fried anything at home is way better than the ones outside ’cause they are either not good, or I’m always left wanting more. You should try this too! Only problem is you can’t stop eating. -_-
I might just take you up on that offer :)
You should! You are welcome any time!