masaley vade

Masaley Vade

Masaley Vade, also known as Spiced Lentil Fritters, is a gem that graces the tables of households and street food vendors across India. This dish captures the heart of Indian cuisine, where every region adds its own touch to create a symphony of flavors.

The Magic of Masaley:

At the heart of Masaley Vade lies the enchanting blend of aromatic spices that transforms humble ingredients into a culinary masterpiece. 

The Recipe: Masaley Vade

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chana dal (split chickpeas)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped coriander (cilantro leaves)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon jeera (cumin seeds)
  • A pinch of hing (asafoetida)
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

Instructions:

  1. Wash the chana dal thoroughly and soak it in water for about 4-5 hours.
  2. Drain the soaked chana dal and grind it into a coarse paste. You can add a little water if needed.
  3. Transfer the ground chana dal to a mixing bowl and add chopped onions, green chilies, ginger paste, chopped coriander (cilantro leaves), jeera (cumin seeds), asafoetida and salt.
  4. Mix all the ingredients well to form a thick batter. Allow the batter to rest for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Take a portion of the batter and shape it into a small round patty (pattice) using your palms.
  6. Heat oil in a deep pan for frying. Once the oil is hot, drop the pattice gently into the oil.
  7. Fry the vade on medium heat until they turn golden brown and crispy on the outside. Fry them in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan.
  8. Once fried, remove the vade using a slotted spoon and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.

Savouring the Delight:

Masaley Vade are best enjoyed fresh and crispy. Serve them as an appetizer, a snack, or even as a part of your meal. Their crunchy texture and explosion of flavors make them a delightful treat that is perfect for sharing with friends and family.

Enjoying Masaley Vade with a variety of chutneys is a delightful way to enhance their flavours and create a balanced taste experience. Here are some chutney ideas that perfectly complement the crunch and spiciness of Masaley Vade

Mint Chutney: A classic choice, mint chutney adds a refreshing and cooling element to the spiciness of the vade. Its vibrant green colour and aromatic flavour create a wonderful contrast.

Tamarind Chutney: Tamarind chutney brings a tangy and slightly sweet note that beautifully complements the savoury taste of Masaley Vade. Its rich and deep flavour profile adds depth to each bite.

Coconut Chutney: Coconut chutney provides a creamy and nutty flavour that balances the spiciness of the vade. Its subtle sweetness and mild taste create a harmonious combination.

A Final Note:

Masaley Vade is a treasure trove of flavours that captures the essence of Indian culinary heritage.  As you prepare and savour this dish, you are embracing a culinary tradition that connects you to the heart of Indian culture – a celebration of flavours, textures, and the joy of coming together over a shared meal. So, gather your ingredients, embrace the magic of masaley and embark on a journey to experience the enchantment of Masaley Vade.

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