Friday, March 2, 2012

Batata vada

Batata(potato) vada is a famous indian snack loved by all.It is a street food  through out india. But the name and taste varies from region to region. For example in mangalore we call it batata ambado .Today i am here with north indian sthle batata vada which is normally served with katta meeta chutney.

Ingredients for the potato mixture :-
  1. Potato-4 medium sized( boiled and peeled)
  2. Ginger-1 inch piece(finely chopped)
  3. Garlic-8-10 cloves(finely chopped)
  4. Green chilly-6-7(finely chopped)
  5. Coriander leaves-1/2 cup(finely chopped)
  6. Salt to taste.

Ingredients for the batter:-
Besan(chick pea flour)-2 cups
Turmeric powder-a pinch
Baking soda-1/4tsp
Salt to taste

  • Mash the potatoes and then add all the ingredients from 2-6.
  • Now make 15-17 lemon sized balls and keep aside.
  • To prepare the batter mix all the ingredients and add some water to make stiff batter.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan and start frying vadas.
  • Dip the potato balls in the besan batter and deep fry in oil.
  • If you want your vadas crisp like how you get in hotels or in streets or in dabas...try this simple method 1st fry the vadas for few seconds and once the outer batter is cooked take it out and fry the remaining vadas then re-fry the 1st vadas which we have already fried till golden brown and crisp.

    Besan batter

boiled and peeled potatoes

potato balls

serve hot with katta meeta chutney or any tomato sauce.

Tip: Add 1 tbsp of Rice flour to make it more crispy

Minty oondi(mint flavoured steamed rice dumplings)

Oondi(steamed rice balls) is a speciality of manglore.Normally we prepare oondi with rice and coconut with some seasoning as i have prepared it in my earlier post.But this oondi is little different because i have added mint chutney to give that minty favour to it.This oondi goes well with katta meeta chutney.

Minty oondi

Idli rava-2 cups
Urad dal-1tsp
Mustard seeds-1tsp
Fenugreek(methi) seeds-1/4tsp

Ingredients for mint chutney:-
Mint leaves-1 cup
Green chillies-4-5
Ginger-1/2 inch piece
Garlic-4-5 cloves

Method of preparing  mint chutney:-
  • Separate the mint leaves from the stalk,wash along with ginger and green chillies.
  • Now grind all the ingredients to fine paste.

Method of preparing oondi:-
  • Wash idli rava and soak in water for  about 30 mins.
  • After 30 mins add green chutney to the strained idli rava and add 3 cups of water.
  • Heat a heavy bottomed kadai  or pan .Add ghee in that  put some urad dal followed by mustard and fenugreek(methi) let it crackle.
  • Now add  idli rava mixture and put some salt and continue stirring all the time until the mixture leaves the side of the kadai or until its almost dry.
  • Let it cool down for some time before making balls.
  • Now start preparing round shaped balls,when making balls moist your palm with some water, make a small well in the centre of the ball and put all the balls in a bowl for steaming.
  • Once you finish with all the mixture ,boil some water in a idli steamer or in a pressure cooker and place the oondi bowl for steaming .If you steam in pressure cooker don't use the weight(whistle).
  • Steam for about 20mins or till done.
  • After 20 mins switch off the gas and open the lid and let it cool  before taking it out.
  • Serve hot with katta meetha chutney
Minty oondi with katta meeta chutney

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