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Vada with Sambhar


  • 1 cup urad daal
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • 1 Tbsp grated ginger
  • 3-4 curry leaves
  • 10-20 small pieces of coconut(optional)
  • 1 Tbsp of fine rava (sooji)
  • 1 tsp Jeera (cumin) seeds
  • handful chopped coriander leaves
  • Salt
  • Oil


  •  Soak the urad daal in enough water for about 4-5 hours.
  • Cut the green chillies very finely, cut the curry leaves into pieces and grate the ginger.

    Drain the water completely from soaked urad daal, add salt and grind it to a smooth paste. (Do not add too much water, if required add only spoonful of water at a time).
  • Grind until the batter turns fluffy and you notice faint bubbles on the top.
  • Update: Keep this urad daal batter aside for 3-4 hours and let it ferment a bit.
  • When ready to make the vadas, add green chillies, cumin seeds, curry leaves, ginger, coriander leaves and coconut pieces (if using). Mix thoroughly and check for taste. Add more salt if necessary.
  • The salt should be on the higher side as most of the saltiness goes away when deep frying.
  • Finally add the rava just before deep frying and mix well.

How To ?
  • Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan sufficient enough to deep fry.
  • Check to make sure that the oil has reached the correct temperature, by putting in small amount of batter
  • If there is a sound of a sizzle that means the oil is ready.
  • Take about lemon size ball of the batter from the tips of your hands and put it in the deep fryer. Add about 4-5 depending on the size of the pan at the same time.
  • Remove from oil, when done and continue the above for the remaining batter as well.
  • This can be eaten as is or with ketchup, chutney, sambhar and forms a wonderful accompaniment with tea or coffee.

Eat protein at every meal, including breakfast.
Eliminate wheat- and flour-based products for the time being.
Reduce starch to one portion a day, and don't eat that portion during your evening meal.
Apples, pears, plums and berries all are good choices. Bananas are not.
Reduce or eliminate dairy for the time being, especially cow's milk.
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