Biscuit Ambado – A delicious deep fried snack in Konkan cuisine (Mangalore region) !!
Soaking time: 2 hours
Makes: 16 - 20
200 ml / 1 cup urad dal (Indian standard measuring cup of 1 cup / 200 ml / 8 oz capacity
2 1/2 cup water ( for soaking )
2 green chillies. finely chopped
1 - inch piece ginger, finely chopped
1 tablespoon thin coconut bits (katli)
6 nos curry leaves , roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt ( or to taste )
250 ml oil for frying
Wash and soak urad dal for 2 hours. Drain out water completely.
Grind urad dal into a thick and smooth paste in a mixer in 2 batches. Add / sprinkle 2 tablespoons water during grinding. It should be a thick batter.
Transfer the vada batter into another flat bowl and mix it with chopped green chilli, ginger, curry leaves, coconut bits and salt to taste (Finally add salt). Mix all the ingredients well with thick tablespoon until all the ingredients well combined evenly with urad dal batter
Heat oil in a kadai / frying pan. Reduce heat to medium and wait for 1 minute. Do not fry on high heat. It will brown immediately. Drop teaspoons ( use teaspoons which shape like ice cream scoop to get evenly round shape) of the ambado batter (8 ambados at a time ) and fry till puff / golden color on both the sides.
Drain and place on kitchen towel / paper towel to absorb excess oil. Please use 3 – 4 paper towel to absorb extra oil. Serve as an evening snack or with breakfast or serve with coconut chutney.