1. Black gram dal(Urad dhuli) : 1 cup
2. Onion : 1 Chopped
3. Ginger(finely chopped) : 1 teaspoon
4. Green chillies : 4 (finely chopped)
5. Curry leaves : 10
6. Chilli powder : 1/6 teaspoon
7. Asafoetida(Hing) : A pinch
8. Baking soda : A pinch
9. Salt : to taste
10. Oil : for deep frying
Method of Preparation:
Soak the dal in water for 2 hours. Wash and drain. Grind to a thick fine paste.
Add the chopped onion, ginger, green chillies, curry leaves,. chilli powder, asafoetida, baking soda and salt and mix thoroughly.
Heat the oil in a frying pan. Reduce the flame to medium. Take out a portion of the dough and roll it in the hand. Put the thumb into the rolled dough so that a hole appears in the middle of the vada and drop it in the heated oil. Repeat the process with the remaining dough. Turn the side and fry till the vadas turn into golden in colour. Drain the vadas and remove from fire.
Serve hot with either sambhar or coconut chutney.