June 25, 2012

How to Make Mendu Vada

Recipe by Naiya Sheth: South Indian recipes are loved by everyone. Here it’s a home made recipe for a famous south Indian mendu vada with sambhar and coconut chutney. It is tricky but after some practice it will be easy to make restaurent style mendu vada at home.  Even machines for making vada is available at market for beginners.  We made this recipe on kali chaudas - Diwali also. Mixing of two dals makes it crisp from out side and softer inside. So enjoy this delicious recipe of mendu vada with piping hot sambhar and coconut chutney at your home today.
Soaking time - 5 to 6 hours
Preparation time – 15 minutes
Cooking time – 45 minutes
Serves – 4 people

Ingredients to make Mendu Vada

2 cups urad dal
2 table spoon mung dal
5 to 6 green chilly
1 tea spoon crushed ginger
Salt to taste
¼ tea spoon soda bi carb
1 tea spoon lemon juice
Oil for frying

Ingredients to make Sambhar:

1 cup toovar dal
1 table spoon mung dal
200 grams bottle gourd – pieces
6 to 8 drumsticks - pieces (opt.)
1 tea spoon mustard seeds
1 tea spoon fenugreek seeds
6 to 7 curry leaves
1 pinch asafoetida
2 table spoon sambhar masala
2 small onions - finely chopped
2 table spoon tamarind powder
1 table spoon chopped coriander
1big tomato - finely chopped
1 tea spoon onion garlic paste
2 table spoon oil
2 to 3 whole dry red chilly
salt to taste

Ingredients to make coconut chutney

1 grated coconut without brown portion
1/2 cup roasted dadiya chana
1 cup curd
2 green chilies
1 tea spoon crushed ginger
8 - 10 curry leaves
Salt to taste
For Tadka:
1 table spoon oil
1/2 tea spoon mustard seeds
1/4 tea spoon hing
5 - 6 curry leaves

Method to Make Mendu Vada:

  1. Wash and soak both dals in Luke warm water.
  2. After 5 to 6 hours crush them along with chilly and garlic paste. Make semi smooth pest. Don’t add more water.
  3. Add salt and soda and lemon juice to it and beat properly by hands for 5 minutes.
  4. Make vada from it and fry in hot oil at medium flame. When fried drain in to absorbent kitchen towel.
  5. Repeat the same process for remaining.

Method to Make Sambhar:

  1. Wash the dal thoroughly and add 4 cups of water.
  2. Pressures cook the dal until soft. Blend the cooked dal in a mixer. Cook drum sick, half of the onion and bottle gourd with dal.
  3. Soak the tamarind in a little water and keep aside for 30 minutes. Rub the tamarind by hand and strain. Add to the dal mixture.
  4. Heat the oil in another pan and fry the mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds until they begin to crackle. Add the curry leaves and whole red chili and fry for 1/2 minutes.
  5. Add chopped onion and garlic paste to it fry for 2 minutes. Add chopped tomato to it and fry till tomato is soft. Add sambhar masala and all dry masala to it. Fry for 1 minute.
  6. Add the mixture to dal and let it come to boil. Add paste and boil for at least 5 to 7 minutes.
  7. Garnish with chopped coriander.

Method to Make Coconut Chutney:

  1. Crush all the ingredients of chutney together.
  2. Heat oil in another small pan, add mustard seeds and let it crackle. Add hing and curry leaves in it and spread over chutney.

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