Blog Hop Wednesdays - Maddur Vada

In our quest to discover new dishes of the world, I sometimes forget how little I know about my own country and its food. A good reality check. Being from a small town (ok not so small) in Uttar Praesh, it seems like life was a cocoon. Seriously how little I know about other states and their culture and food. It's time I get to know food of my country well enough to share it with rest of you as well. Another addition to my bucket list!

Luckily few weeks back, I got a mail from Radhika for a new event. I was like oh no, I can't accommodate another one. But then when I read the concept of the mail, I was immediately replying to the mail in affirmation. She was pairing bloggers for every alternate week, where they recreate any of the partner's recipe in their kitchen and blog about it.

So simple. Yet, what struck me was that in anyways we bloggers bookmark and try recipes from others' kitchen. Then why not with a pre-decided blogger. At least, to me it saved the hassle of looking for recipes and deciding on what I want to post. However easy that sounds, I'm always figuring out what I want to blog. So this made my life easier, for twice a month.

For my first Blog Hop I was paired with Charisma. Curious to know about my partner, I checked her blog and was amazed to see Bahrain mentioned there. After all that's where I stay. Was quite excited to discover a fellow blogger from my country. But a mail later, my excitement was fizzed out when I came to know that she moved back to India, about the same time I came her. At least Blog Hop helped me meet (virtually) someone who knows this place well.

Now coming to choosing this recipe, I was sure that I wanted to make something which is new for me and preferably a recipe a native cuisine. Add to that the fact that it had to be veg and non baking (since I had been baking quite a lot recently). And all this fell in place with maddur vada, attributed to the town Maddur in Karnataka, a true Mysore specialty. And something which I had neither tasted nor made before. So it was perfect for me. Plus its quite easy too.

Having made masala vadai and mangode, I was naïve enough to think that because of name vada it would have lentils. But was surprised that it was just a combination of semolina, rice flour and all purpose flour. Seeing this I was eager to taste the results. And it didn't disappoint me. Crunchy, light and savory. In fact it's my new favourite tea time bite.

Maddur Vada Recipe: 
Crunchy, deep fried snack of rice flour, semolina and all purpose flour, from Karnataka.

  • 1/2 cup Semolina/rawa(very fine)

  • 1/2 cup rice flour

  • 1/2 cup maida (all purpose flour)

  • 4 green chillies (finely chopped)

  • 2 small onions (chopped finely)

  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves (chopped)

  • 5-6 curry leaves (chopped)

  • 3 tbsp ghee(melted)

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds

  • pinch hing

  • salt to taste

  • oil to deep fry

    1. In a large bowl mix rice flour, semolina, maida, salt, onion, green chillies, coriander leaves, curry leaves, ghee and cumin seeds.Using very little water form a stiff dough.

    2. Place 2 tbsp of dough in your hand and flatten the dough with other hand.

    3. Heat oil to deep fry on medium flame.You will know that the oil is ready when you drop a small piece of dough and it sizzles and comes up without changing color.Drop the vadas one at a time and fry till crispy and golden brown.For crispy Maddur Vada, fry on medium flame.

    4. Remove from oil and place on a kitchen paper to remove excess oil.

    5. Serve with chutney.

    Notes: Frying at medium high heat will make it crisper. So will thinner vadas. Will try adding grated coconut to it next time. Guess that will be nice too.

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