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Masal Vadai - A South Indian snack
from Sridhar

  • 1/2 ltr. Yellow split peas 2 tsp. Salt
  • 8-12 Green Chilies
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 175 gms Onion Curry leaves bunch coriander leaves
  • 20 gms Cashewnuts (optional) 2 Cardamom (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp Masala powder
  • 3/8 ltr Oil
(1) Soak yellow split peas in water for 2-3 hrs.

(2) Grind the soaked mixture with salt coarsely, without adding much water.

(3) Cut the onions into small pieces along with ginger, green chilies and add them to the mixture along with coriader leaves and curry leaves.
Now add the masala powder and add all other optional ingredients.
Mix thoroughly.

(4) Fry small spoonfuls of the mixture in hot oil.
Traditionally, a banana leaf is used and the mixture is taken in lumps of the size of a small lemon and lightly pressed on the banana leaf and the resulting flat thingie is dropped into the oil and fried until it turns brown.
The intensity of the color needed is dependent on your taste!

NOTES This recipe is translated literally from 'samaithuppaar', a cookbook in Tamil.