Green peas vada

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A cup of tea with something deep-fried is a wonderful treat. But unfortunately, deep-frying isn’t my cup of tea.

I am, in general, accident prone and that holds true the most when I am near anything hot. If I am ironing, at least one burn is guaranteed. If I am baking, you can be sure I will be doing the “OOOH hoo…AAH haa” dance at least once. So it’s not a surprise that I never trust myself to be anywhere near hot oil.

If I am deep-frying, I would first drop the batter from a height, thus making the oil splatter all around. That would be burn #1. I would realize the mistake and would go close and literally dip the batter into the oil with my bare hands. Burn #2. On both instances, I would rush and wash my hand in cold water and then would forget to wipe it properly. Thus resulting in burn #3, #4 and so on.

It’s no wonder that you never see anything deep-fried at my place. If its done, it’s mostly under someone else’s supervision (read – they fry, I stay away and watch). So I thought its time I took the matter into my hands…..without any more burns, I hope!

This is the first recipe towards a three-day deep fry special in this space. And no, I didn’t burn myself this time.

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Pictorial

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Grind one cup soaked and drained green peas with 2-3 green chillies, 2″ ginger piece, salt and half a teaspoon of fennel seeds.

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The paste doesn’t have to be too smooth, so do not add any water for grinding.

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Transfer the paste into a bowl and add a tablespoon of rice flour. Addition of rice flour helps in binding the batter, but this step is not absolutely necessary.

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Mix well.

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Take a tablespoon of batter, flatten it a bit to get the shape of a vada. Heat oil and deep fry in batches until the batter is used up. Serve with ketch up or any other dip.

Recipe source: A neighbor

Makes : about 8-9 small vadas

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup green peas
  • 2″ piece ginger
  • 2-3 green chillies (or per taste)
  • salt
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds (optional)
  • 1 tbsp rice flour (optional)

Method:

  1. Soak the peas in water. Frozen peas should be soaked for half an hour, the dried variety should be soaked overnight.
  2. Drain well and grind with ginger, green chillies and salt in a mixie jar. You can add fennel seeds (perum jeerakam) as well, it adds a good flavor to the vada. Stop grinding before its too smooth.
  3. Transfer the contents to a clean, dry bowl and try to make a small ball out of it. If you have difficulty in forming the ball, then you might want to add some rice flour to bind the paste better. You can add rice flour and some semolina as well to get a good texture to the vada.
  4. Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the vadas until golden brown. Serve with ketch up.

Notes:

  • My friend had made it with just green peas, ginger and green chillies. The ginger was main ingredient imparting the flavor.
  • I have used frozen peas here, the dried version should also work well. You might want to soak it overnight.

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14 thoughts on “Green peas vada

  1. Sandhya Ramakrishnan says:

    I love how you mentioned recipe source – a neighbor :) Lovely vadas and I would have never dared to make vadas out of peas. That is the only vegetable I detest and because of me, I punish my family as well by not feeding them peas. The vadas look very tempting for me to give it a shot.

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  2. Vaishali Sabnani says:

    Congratulations ! So you finally made something without burning yourself! Nice Wadas, I make kebabs in the same manner and they taste really good, The Wadas look nice and green…healthy green !

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  3. sizzlingtastebuds says:

    It used to happen to me too – the burns .. But overcame it gradually .. But now no one wants to eat deep fried at home :-)) that’s life !

    These look so so good ! I like the colour contrast between the outside n inside .. Do send along these fritter series and many more such stuff to my monsoon mojo event , if you like :-))

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  4. Srivalli says:

    hahah..that was an hilarious account of your adventure near burning pan Rajani…Peas vada are something I would never have thought..sounds very nice..and the bright green colour looks so bright..:))…glad you took this theme up to get over your phobia..

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  5. ruchi indu says:

    This is yet another new recipe for me… Should have been a great experience now that you didnt burn your hands. Hope this continues…

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