Urad dal/Ulutham paruppu - 1 cup
Green chilies - 2 Nos.
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Coriander leaves - 2 tbspns, chopped
Curry leaves - a sprig
Asafoetida - a pinch
Salt - according to taste
Water - 1/4 cup(approx)
Soak urad dal for atleast 1 hour. Grind urad dal in the grinder or mixi sprinkling water (as little as you can) till fluffy.
* Add urad dal little by little(no water),while the grinder is running.
* Just sprinkle water now and then to avoid jamming of the grinder.
* Stand near the grinder till you finish grinding and sprinkle water now and then and wipe the urad dal that sticks to the wall of the grinder container.
* This whole process takes around 12-15 minutes, you will get a fluffy white batter.
Now chop ginger, green chilies, coriander and curry leaves and add all these to the batter along with salt and asafoetida. (You can also add ginger and green chilies while you are grinding the batter itself, if you hate chunks)
Now mix well, keep aside and heat enough oil in kadai (be generous or else vadas may stick to the bottom and get burnt).
Now wet your right hand well and make a small ball and use your thumb to make hole in the middle and drop it in oil, (just invert the vadas over the oil and slightly shake your fingers). Fry in medium flame, turn the vadas and fry till both the sides turn crisp and golden brown. Serve hot with sambhar/coconut chutney.
Recipe Courtesy: Rak's Kitchen