Sunday, August 31, 2008

Batata vadas, at long last :-D.

Yay!! I finally made it. I mean, the batata-vadas and the blog-post :). I am out of my hibernation, atleast right this moment ;). Sorry for having left with that spider/star-anise staring at you :-D.

By now, you all know that i love playing hide and seek :-D. But every, now and then, you do come up with stuff, that's simply too tempting to resist, stuff that totally wakes you up. Our dear host of the Mad Tea Party, Anita, is the master-mind behind one such idea. Her love for potatoes, deep-fried goodness and mad tea parties is well known. Aloo+deep-frying+madness translated into poori-bhaji last year, and it's batata-vada this time around. So, Anita, Happy Blog Anniversary to you, and thank you for these rocking mad tea parties. Thank you for putting up with my lazy ways and for the enjoyable evening tea :).



Here's to madness and deep-fried goodness: batata-vadas.

Batata-vadas:

My recipe takes shape from the different versions I have enjoyed. Here's how I made it:

Batter:

  • Chickpea flour (1 cup)
  • Rice flour (1 tbsp.)
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp. coriander powder
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Red chilli powder (to taste)
  • A pinch of baking soda or baking powder (optional)
Mix these ingredients and make it into a thick batter with water.

Potato mix:
  • Two big potatoes (boiled, peeled and mashed)
  • Ginger-garlic paste (1 tsp., I used 1 tsp. grated ginger and 1/4 tsp. garlic powder )
  • 1 serrano pepper (chopped fine)
  • Cilantro, finely chopped
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Juice of half a lime/lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • A pinch of hing
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 1 tsp. oil
Add ginger-garlic paste, chopped chilli peppers, cilantro leaves, salt and lime juice to the mashed potatoes and mix well. Spultter mustard seeds in hot oil, add hing, curry leaves and turmeric to it and add to the potato mix.

Frying and savoring:

Heat oil in a kadahi. Meanwhile, make round balls from the potato mix, dip it into the batter and fry them to golden, crispy perfection. Enjoy with a chutney of your choice. I love them with hot coconut chutney, thecha, or simply with salted small green chillies soaked in lime juice. But these ones, i had them with Sriracha sauce and a slice of toasted sourdough bread.


A perfect accompaniment to my evening tea. Best enjoyed when you share them with family and friends. When you can't, just think of all the good people around and have some on their behalf too :). Friends, this one is for you all. Anita, hope you enjoyed these. Sorry for the late entry-i promise i'll make up for it by singing and dancing to my heart's content :).

39 comments:

madteaparty said...

Got you out of slumber now, didn't I? Thanks for coming to the party, Musical. Who ever heard of a Mad Party without music?! :D

indosungod said...

Musical, good to see you back with those tasty vadas.

Sig said...

Hey Musy, welcome back..... :) Hope you stay for a while this time around... :)

sunita said...

Look!She's back!

Dear Musical, it's always so nice to see this space being updated :-)

Siri said...

Welcome back musy.. Hope yo see you often now! Love the batata wadas!

Cheers,
Siri

Rachna said...

oh my G..... i am sooooo hungry.... chai and batata vada.... with the bread and chutney, its become vada pav....hmmmm hungry....thats what i am.....

bee said...

so what's next gal? dahi vadas? c'mon.

Pelicano said...

"Just think...and have some on their behalf" eh? I might need to make some more soon then. ;-) Sriracha: good idea! And odd that you mention it as just yesterday a friend was going on and on about that very same sauce, saying, "you know...that red stuff with the green cap that all the Thai restaurants have..."
The vads're lookin' great Muse, and I am sure you were well-behaved like the rest of us and refrained from tasting any of the subzi before the deep-frying, right? :-) Sweet post...keep 'em comin' now! ;-)

Pelicano said...

P.S. A thousand thank yooz fer sendin' that star down a notch! ;-)

Aparna said...

Oh yes, the party's far from over. But all this fried goodness is getting to be too much. How long can one resist this?:)

Sharmi said...

hey Surili, You are back after long ?? me too...
hope all is fine at your end!
Take care

Jyothsna said...

Good to see you and the batata vadas! :)

Vani said...

Hey, good to see you back, Musical! Yes, we were starting to get tired of the spider and wanted some yummilicious food. And boy, did we get that now! :) Batata vada looks fab!

nzrants said...

Landed here blog-hopping and man, am I regretting jumping from one food blog to the other at this time of night! Such mouth watering pics on display are just making my tummy rumble. Those batata wadaas are too tempting !!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

hey, good to see you back!!!!! Batata vadas are my fav... they look delicious

Vij said...

hi ya
This is my first time here...
the vadas look so yummy

I am pretty new to this blogging world!... jus popped in to say a big hi!

Usha said...

Looks perfect...

Uj said...

Batata vada's are my all time fav. Looks yummy

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Hey Musy, How r u? Hope you had wonderful Diwali... Belated wishes!

Sharmi said...

hey Surili, hope all is well! long time no see:( take care
love and hugs

Praneetha Raghava said...

Firs time to ur blog. U have some really excellent stuff. Adding you in my blogroll.

Raaga said...

Just dropped by to say Happy New Year!

Miss your posts :-)

sra said...

Happy new year, Musy!

Asha said...

Slurp!! Don't tempt to fry now!! :D

Looks yum, great winter snack.

Happy new year buddy, enjoy the best in 2009!:))

DK said...

Thanks musy for your sweet comment...I was so excited reading those!!!! :) BTW when r u coming back after ur slumber? Too much of a break is not good for your health u know :)

AMIT said...

Its a very nice post.

Lingerie Alley

Pavithra said...

The vadas looking yummy....

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Kalyani said...

First time to ur blog & i liked ur blog ... u have great recipes here ......

CHAITRA said...

Perfect Batata vadas!!!
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Drop in sometime

Manasi said...

hi Musical, It's been a while since u blogged..... Hope u will make a comeback soon! Miss u!

Anita said...

It's time you wrote another post! It's Party time, Musical!

Malar Gandhi said...

Potato vadas looks nice, crisp on the outside, soft on the inside...too good:)

Mandy Swift said...

This recipe sounds wonderful :) I must try this one, thank you for posting!

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