Chana Dal – Oats Vada - A crispy deep fried evening snack, made of chana dal, oats and seasoning.
½ cup / (Indian standard measuring cup of 100 ml / 4 oz capacity) channa dal (Bengal gram dal
2 tablespoon oats
1 - inch piece ginger, finely chopped
1 green chilli, finely chopped
6 curry leaves, chopped
5 shallots (chuvannuli / sambar onion) finely chopped or 2 tablespoon finely sliced onion
3/4 teaspoon salt ( or to taste )
200 ml oil for frying
Wash and soak dal in water for 2 hours.
Drain out water completely and grind dal in a mixer to a rough paste (Batter should be thick in consistency ). Do not add water when grinding.
Transfer this dal mixture to another container and mix with other ingredients (oats, green chilli, ginger, shallots or onion, curry leaves and salt) until well combined. Prepare vada immediately. Divide dal mixture into 6 equal portions. Make round balls and and flatten it into round shape.
Heat oil in a kadai / frying pan. Reduce heat to medium and fry dal vadas in batches ( 3 at a time ) till light golden color and crisp on both the sides. Drain out from oil and place on kitchen towel / paper towel to absorb extra oil.
Serve with sambar / tomato ketchup / coconut chutney. It’s a tasty evening snack with tea / coffee.