Can you believe Chicago's weather? It was in its 70's last week and now it is in 40's and 50's and raining too. With such a weather, it is really very difficult to get up early in the morning. I have to cuddle for some more time before getting up. This makes me sleepy throughout the day. Not only this, but it also makes me crave for snacks and hot tea/coffee. Nothing can match the feeling of sitting in the balcony, watching the rain and having snacks and tea.
You might have already guessed what I made by seeing the title. Yes! I made the famous, scrumptious Masala Vada to go with a hot cup of tea. The smell of Masala vada is unbeatable. In India, roadside shops makes this vada and when you pass by that street, you will be tempted and lured in buying some, even if you are a neat freak. It is that much tempting. Why buy outside when you know how to prepare it at home. Lets enjoy some delicious and hygienic Masala vadas!
1 cup Channa Dal
3-4 Whole red chillies
2 Cinnamon stick
2 finely chopped green chillies
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 finely chopped onion
few finely chopped curry leaves
1/2 cup finely chopped coriander leaves
Salt to taste
Oil to deep fry
Soak the channa dal for 6 hours.
Grind the dal coarsely along with Salt,red chillies,cinnamon stick and cumin seeds.
Now mix all the other ingredients.
Take small amount of the mixture, make a ball and press it to become flat with the help of your hands.
Deep fry in oil till golden brown.
This is a very crispy vada when ate hot. You can store it in an air tight container for 5-6 hours to maintain the crispness.