I had eaten these vadas in Dosa Diner in Mumbai......It was a chain of restaurants all over Mumbai, but doesn't exist any more..wonder why they closed down.The taste of all the delicacies eaten there still lingers in my mouth.
They served all these South Indian snacks with a twist..addition of chicken, keema, prawns etc etc..in the idlis, dosas, vadas, uthappams....Today I am trying out the vadas with chicken mince..
For the chicken:
Onions ...... 1 chopped finely
Chicken mince .. 100 - 150 grams
Turmeric powder ... 1/8 tsp
Cumin powder ...... 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder .. 1/4 tsp
Ginger garlic paste ... 1 tsp each
Red chilli powder ..... 1/2 tsp
Garam masala ....... 1/2 tsp
Salt ... to taste
Oil ..... 2 -3 tbsps
Heat oil in a pan and stir fry the onion, ginger, garlic. Add the chicken mince and saute until it changes colour. Add all the spice powders and salt. Set it aside to cool.
For the Vadas:
Urad dal .... 2 cups
Onion .... 1 (chopped finely)
Green chillies .... 1-2
Coriander leaves ... handful (chopped)
Salt ......... to taste
Baking powder ... 1/4 tsp
Cooked chicken mince... add proportionately.
Oil .... to fry the vadas
Method:1. Soak the urad dal for 2 hours and grind it. (do not soak it for too long as it makes the vadas oily)
2. Mix the chopped onions, coriander leaves, green chillies, prepared chicken mince, salt and baking powder.(salt should be added just before frying as it leaves water)
3. Take a little portion on the wet palm of your hand and make a small hole in the center and drop them into hot oil. Reduce the flame and fry these vadas to a golden colour.
4. Serve with any chutney of your choice.
I have served with - Groundnut Chutney