Monday, May 31, 2010

Sambar Vada and a blogging break!

Blogging Break!!

Yes, I am taking one now for 1-2 weeks.

No, I am not going for a holiday to India or anywhere else.

Its just that there are some other works around that need to be attended and hence this short break. Well, it doesnot mean that I won't be peeking into your blogs to check your recipes. I will do blog hopping as time permits. Well, now coming to the recipe I am sharing today- Sambar Vada. If you are looking for an authentic one, I am afraid it is not one. I am a lay person in South Indian Cuisine. This recipe is adapted to suit our tastebuds. I do not like too many veggies in my sambar so, I add only onions and tomatoes. If you wish you can add any other veggie of your choice.

I have tried to make Medu Vada many times, but always failed. Some how I could never get that ring. I have watched video of making it and always made sure that my batter was thick enough. In my attempts to make them, I even tried using a cone(like doughnuts). I did gave some better results but then the pain was not worth the gain. My husband then told me why was I so obsessed to get the ring shape? It would taste all the same otherwise and finally, I gave up. If you have a fool proof way or any machine that will help me to get the perfect shape do let me now. But, as of now I am settled with these simple vadas. My husband like soft vadas in sambar so I first dip them in water to make them soft. As they are deep fried, I find it better to do as I can see oil floating in the water used to dip them. If you like them crisp have them freshly fried with 'Sambar'.

Sending this off to Susan's MLLA#23.

Here is my recipe:

Serves 2-3 people.

Sambar :


1/4 cup Toor Dal.
1 tbsp Moong Dal.
1 green chilli chopped.
1 small tomato chopped.
1small red onion chopped.
Bunch of coriander leaves chopped.
4-5 curry leaves.
2 tbsp tamarind paste.
1/4 tsp salt or to taste.
1/4 tsp turmeric powder.
1 tsp sambhar powder.
1/2 tsp cumin seeds.
1/2 tsp mustard seeds.
1/2 tsp red chilli powder.
1 tbsp oil.


Mix both the dal. Wash and rinse them well till the water is clear and soak them for 1/2 -1 hour. Pressure cook it in a little more than 1cup of water, a pinch of turmeric powder and salt. After it is done beat it well so that it is smooth.
Heat a sauce pan and add oil in it. When heated add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds, curry leaves and chopped chillies and saute. Add the chopped onions and saute till they are translucent. Add the chopped tomatoes and the spices except sambhar powder and the tamarind paste and heat for 2 minutes. Now add the beaten dal and mix well. Heat on a medium flame and add the tamarind paste, sambhar powder, chopped coriander leaves. The consistency of Sambar is a personal choice. I like it quite thick. If you want it thin add water to get the desired consistency and heat.


1/2 cup Urid dal.
4-5 curry leaves chopped.
Salt to taste.
2-3 Green Chillies chopped.
Oil for frying.


Wash the dal well and soak it in clear water for 2-3 hours. Grind it into a thick paste. Add the chopped chillies, curry leaves and salt. Heat oil in a pan and drop spoonfuls of the dal paste and fry them till they are light golden in colour. Transfer on a paper towel.

Dip them in hot sambar and serve.



  1. Lovely vada sambar..enjoy the break dear..

  2. sambar vada..anyway we need to get the taste of the vada so shape doesn't matter..very delicious vada and of our favorite dish..lovely pictures. especially the vada pic..

  3. Lovely sambar vada and my all time fav. looks soo yummy. Have fun.

  4. Sambar vada really very nice...All time fav,lovely pictures...

  5. wow awesome! its a forgotten delight for me

  6. Don't worry about the shapes dear. The taste matters ...and if it is crispy nothing like it. Lovely sambar vada. And have fun dear

    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. Vada with sambar slurp, My all time fav:)

  8. Wow, how tempting, love them :)

    Have fun during your break !!!

  9. Sambar vada looks DH fav...enjoy your break dear

  10. Slurpp mouthwatering sambar vada, enjoy ur break J and come back soon with a bang dear..

  11. Have a great time jyoti,have fun...

  12. Yummy sambar vadai!!Have a wonderful holiday dear...

  13. One of my favourites...

    Enjoy the break and come soon :-)

  14. And here I am having a cup of hasty yoghurt for breakfast. : { Looks so, so good!

    Thanks, J, for your great MLLA recipe! Hope you enjoy your break.

  15. love vadas....hole or no too can never make that hole...

  16. Same here Jyoti..don't worry even I can't get those donut type of vada..It's really pain to make long as taste is there don't worry, be happy!! I'm making idly samabr today, but I love lots and lots of vegees in my sambar...:-)) enjoy your break and come back with a bang!!

  17. Looks really good!!!!


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