Vadai is a favorite Indian snack. Mom used to make these and my brothers and I really enjoyed them. They are crispy and crunchy on the outside and soft and moist on the inside. They are especially delicious, straight out of the pan. When cooled, it is best eaten with curry.
I made some sweet and frothy tea to go with these savory snacks. It is a strong black tea sweetened with condensed milk. Teh Tarik literally means “pulled tea” and is prepared by out stretched hands pouring the tea from one mug to the other. This is action causes the tea to be frothy and is quite a sight to behold.
2 cups chana dal, wash and soak overnight
1 onion, chopped
1 jalapeno peppers, finely sliced
1 red anaheim peppers, finely sliced
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp toasted cumin seeds
1 tsp salt
oil for deep frying
3 tbsp besan or gram flour (**if necessary)
Wash and rinse chana dal. Soak overnight. Drain and put a little at a time into a food processor. Grind coarsely. Add all other ingredients, except for besan. Mix well.
Heat oil in a deep fry pan. Shape dough into patties about 2½ inches in diameter with oiled hands. Drop gently into oil and deep fry until golden brown. Remove, drain on paper towels.
**If dal mixture can be shaped into patties, besan may not be required. When dal is ground more coarsely, besan will be needed to bind dal mixture. The 3 tablespoons of besan should be mixed with 3 tablespoons of water and added to the dal mixture to help it bind.
Note: The ones on the left are more finely ground while the ones on the right are more coarse.
…..with teh tarik.
For the teh tarik, I use Lipton tea which is orange pekoe and pekoe tea, sweetened with condensed milk. You must be wondering if I actually pulled the tea. I was too afraid to even try for you know where the tea will end up…..hahaha! Instead I chose the easy way out and used an immersion blender. A milkshake mixer will also do the job. Now, it’s your turn. Perhaps you can trying pulling it, preferably outside wearing a rain jacket…..hahaha!
A delicious combination…..yum!
The other snacks that brought back fond childhood memories are Coconut Candy and Chinese Savory Pancakes. What are some of your favorite childhood snacks? Please share. I would love to hear from you.
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day!