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Sunday, December 05, 2010

Muringa ila vada (Drumstick leaves vada)

I live in a city where, during summer you can hear people(me included) groaning about the sweat and the heat, and when it rains, people start talking about how difficult the commute is and how horribly waterlogged the roads are.
I love the rains. I don't mind wading through muddy puddles or getting a little wet. As long as there are no old-I-will-give-you-free-advice types around, I let my daughter play about in puddles and walk in the rain without an umbrella. Mother nature never did me any harm when I was growing up and I am sure she will be just as benevolent with this generation.
Now, the rain sometimes makes me act uncharacteristically. While I love snacking, I very rarely bother to make snacks. However, the rain today had me craving for some hot, sweet, cardamom laden tea and a crisp snack. I soaked some dal to make parippu vada and then thought of adding drumstick leaves to it and turning it into muringa ila(drumstick leaf) vada. I am sure Google will tell me that someone else has had this wonderful brainwave before me, so I am not going to Google to find out if muringa ila has ever been added to vada before. Until I get a comment that tells me otherwise and breaks my bubble, I am going to be happy with "my" snack.

Here's what you need:
Tuar dal - 1 cup (washed and soaked in water for 30 minutes)
Red chillies - according to taste
Garlic - 7-8 cloves
Onion - 1 large, chopped finely
Drumstick leaves - a handful
Oil - for deep frying

Drain water from the dal. Add red chillies and garlic to it and grind coarsely without adding any water. Add the chopped onions, drumstick leaves and salt. Mix well. Take small amounts of the batter....shape it into a ball and flatten between your palms. Deep fry in hot oil until well browned on both sides.
Enjoy with a cup of tea.

15 comments:

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow vadai with greens is a interesting idea

notyet100 said...

wow this looks so yum,,,;-)

Satya said...

vadas looks super crisp n delicious ...never tried any dish with drumstick leaves ..thank q somuch for sharing these yummy vadas
Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

sra said...

People do that everywhere, Jayashree, most of us are 'fair weather friends', me included. It's raining non-stop and I am quite tired of it because it is cold and draughty - I'm wrapped up in a thick shawl, missing gym and I would miss office too if my conscience didn't get in the way!

Renu said...

wow..looking so tempting:)

Sayantani said...

Hi Jayashree. you have an wonderful bloh here. great to have found you and your super yummy recipes.
thanks for your participation in Arusuvai. plese mail me your e mail id at
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Jaya said...

Never made like this with drumstick leaves, I would love to have it witha cup of "garam chai".If you have time read my post, it will sound more like a weather reporting page :-).I try to be friendly with every weather :-) .Hugs and smiles

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

whoa, lovely and crunchy looking vadas !!!

Lavi said...

i came to see soup, but in this evening time, i could land up only here. vadai is very crisp. a healthy one too. will try it out.

sanjeeta kk said...

The vada looks crisp and lovely.

Vani said...

Loved this! Do you get the drumstick leaves in vegetable shops? Another question - why don't I see fresh spinach anywhere? There are 4 palamudhir cholai kinda stores around me, apart from various grocery stores carrying vegetables. None of them seem to have it :(

Vani said...

I HAD to comment after your FB post and now you've gotten me on the commenting spree I was talking about :)

Hasna said...

never had vadai with moringa leaves..luks yummy & crispy....

Paachakalokham said...

thanks for recipe with muringa ila

Paachakalokham said...

muringa ila vada thanks for sharing recipe