Weekend indulgence…

by Sunita on April 21, 2008

I have been saving my pack of urid dal for ages with an end to make dosas. The days have flown by, but the dosas are nowhere to be seen…I mean in my kitchen only; for there has been a recent sprouting of dosas in the blogosphere.

So, over the weekend, the packet was taken out and along with some methi/fenugreek leaves and a few other ingredients, I made some fritters instead.

This was the first time I made anything with urid dal and I was really glad I made them…the fritters were as crisp as ever and we couldn’t stop at a few…yes, the healthy tag and the expanding waistline did take a back seat during it all, but, so what…a bit of indulgence never did anyone any harm ( sniff! sniff! smell the self justification?).

Here’s how they were made-

What’s needed-

4-5 handfuls of urid/urad dal, washed and soaked in slightly warm water for an hour
1 onion (I used red), chopped
a bunch of methi/fenugreek leaves, finely chopped
a small bunch of coriander leaves, chopped
1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
1 tsp baking powder
chopped green chillies(optional)
salt to taste
oil for shallow frying

How to-

  1. Grind the urid dal with a little water to form a thick batter.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and mix in the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Heat the oil for shallow frying in a pan.
  4. Drop tblspn fuls of the batter into the pan and shallow fry till golden and crisp.
  5. Remove with a slotted spoon and place them on kitchen towels to drain the excess oil.
  6. Serve hot on it’s own or with ketchup / other condiments.

I loved them on their own…they were really crisp and the methi and coriander added to the taste as well. The li’l princess even asked for them to be made again soon :-)


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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 SMN April 21, 2008 at 12:39 pm

hey Sunita, thrilled that im privelleged to comment first. This one is nice one.. i guess it will taste like the vada which we make with idli but with a twist methi..Nice one


2 Meena April 21, 2008 at 2:30 pm

I absolutely LOVE methi! I’ve never had fritters made from urad dal before, so am really, really dying to try this out. Your pics look great as always, and tempting me to get into my kitchen and whip upo a batch soon. Will definitely let know how it goes! Cheers!


3 Dhivya April 21, 2008 at 4:00 pm

wow!looks so crisp and beautiful!


4 Divya Vikram April 21, 2008 at 5:25 pm

looks great..Have methi in store..will try this sometime


5 musical April 21, 2008 at 5:33 pm

Wadas with methi must ahve tasted so delish! You need no justifications for the fried-flavors fest, Sunita :) . They are good, period :-D . And that tells me you had a fun weekend :) .


PS: Love the baked carrots too.


6 Madhavi April 21, 2008 at 5:44 pm

Looks divine, great pics as well!!


7 sunita April 21, 2008 at 5:48 pm


this is the first time I made it as well, and I’msure it’s not the last.


8 sunita April 21, 2008 at 5:49 pm

yes, they were very crispy indeed :-)

thanks…do give it a try :-)


9 sunita April 21, 2008 at 5:53 pm

I devoured so many of them that I felt really guilty afterwards :-) …yes, we did have a relaxed weekend :-)

thanks :-)


10 Sukanya Ramkumar April 21, 2008 at 6:04 pm

Hi Sunita…
Urad dal and Methi… That is different combination…. Ur fitters looks gorgeous….. Nice clicks…YUM!..


11 bee April 21, 2008 at 6:57 pm

the temptress strikes again. i had sworn to stay off your blog until i started going to the gym regularly. these look so sexy.


12 Uma April 21, 2008 at 7:20 pm

so tempting vadas. lovely pics.


13 indosungod April 21, 2008 at 7:48 pm

You did not make dosas but you made vadais instead thats fine if you were trying to be South India ;)

They look lovely with the addition of methi they even made it to the healthy side.


14 Richa April 21, 2008 at 8:12 pm

lovely combi, methi imparts such a lovely flavor :) they look so crispy


15 sunita April 21, 2008 at 9:08 pm

Thanks :-)

I haven’t been to the gym for ages now….and still gobbling up all those goodies….I’ve really been bad ;-)


16 sunita April 21, 2008 at 9:10 pm

thanks :-)

Both me and Dinesh adore dosas …just feel a bit intimidated to make them…dread the outcome and probably the comparisons to what we have tasted…and the possible disappointment…but maybe one of these days :-)


17 sunita April 21, 2008 at 9:11 pm

thanks…yes, we did like the addition of the methi…and loved working with the dal too :-)


18 Sandeepa April 21, 2008 at 9:15 pm

Its like vada right…looks totally crispy


19 Siri April 21, 2008 at 9:26 pm

the fritters looks absolutely lovely Sunita. Lovely pics..:D and addition of methi takes the flavor of these urad dal fritters to next level!!



20 Manasi April 21, 2008 at 9:57 pm

Hehe! I’m lke that oo, save things for later.. that usually do not happen!!
The Urid- Methi vada looks so yummy! & crisp! wonderful snack with tea!!! Awesome pics, as usual!


21 Pragyan April 22, 2008 at 3:17 am

They look so tempting…lovely pics as usual!


22 Red Chillies April 22, 2008 at 3:30 am

The fritters look crispy and crunchy. I make urad ddal fritters (vadas) but without methi. Loved the neat idea!


23 Rachel April 22, 2008 at 4:09 am

A very tempting use of the urad dhal. The crispness is evident in the pics..Can I lay a hand on one ???


24 Sig April 22, 2008 at 5:04 am

Wow wow, your baked goods are always amazing, and now you are tempting us with these fried goodies too… Looks great Sunita!


25 Saswati April 22, 2008 at 7:01 am

wow Sunita these vadas look awesome….the pics are wonderful:)


26 sunita April 22, 2008 at 8:23 am

I’ve never made vadas before, I mean in the southie style, so don’t know about that….I usually make something similar with masur dal, but as there was just a little , made it wih urid dal instead…and I’m glad i did :-)

thanks…the combo did work well, I must say :-)


27 sunita April 22, 2008 at 8:24 am

:-) )…thanks :-)

thanks :-)


28 sunita April 22, 2008 at 8:25 am

red chillies,
thanks…try it this way too…I hope you’ll like it :-)

rachel, thanks…and why one , take two…any you please :-D


29 sunita April 22, 2008 at 8:26 am

I’m usually not very fond of fried stuff…Dinesh is…but these really bowled me over too :-)

thanks :-)


30 Cinnamon April 22, 2008 at 9:18 am

Just Yummy….all ur recipes are so tempting esp., becoz of the pics :)


31 karuna April 22, 2008 at 7:55 pm

thanks for the wishes. ure blog looks super cool. specially the pics. do u have a professional on hand, to take pics, or do u do it yourslef?…….nice ones.


32 sunita April 22, 2008 at 8:14 pm

thanks :-)

You’re most welcome…and no, I have no proffesional on hand to handle the shots…just myself…glad you like them :-)


33 Gigi April 23, 2008 at 1:13 am

They look DELICIOUS Sunita! Awesome photos.


34 Namratha April 23, 2008 at 3:28 am

Nice combo Sunita, haven’t heard of it before..interesting recipe :)


35 sunita April 23, 2008 at 8:42 am

thanks :-)

I haven’t either :-D


36 kittie April 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Sunita – these look lovely. And I’ve just found somewhere locally to buy fresh fenugreek leaves – it must be fate!!


37 zlamushka April 26, 2008 at 6:49 am

Sunita, I absolutely love your recipes. They are simply beautiful. Would you please consider joining Tried And Tasted, an event dedicated to tasting other peopleĀ“s blog.


38 sunita April 27, 2008 at 10:01 am

That must be fate indeed!Now go on and try these munchies :-)

Thanks…i’ve already checked it out…would love to participate :-)


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