Masal Vadai

Course : Curry
Serves: 1
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1/2 liter yellow split peas
2 teaspoons salt
8 medium green chiles -- (to 12)
1 piece ginger
175 gram onion
3 whole curry leaves
1 bunch coriander leaves
20 grams cashew nuts -- optional
2 whole cardamom pods -- optional
1/2 teaspoon masala powder
3/8 liter oil

Preparation / Directions:

Masala Vadai is a South Indian snack. Soak yellow split peas in water for 2 - 3 hrs. Grind the soaked mixture with salt coarsely, without adding much water. Cut the onions into small pieces along with ginger, green chiles and add them to the mixture along with coriander leaves and curry leaves. Now add the masala powder and add all other optional ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Fry small spoonfuls of the mixture in hot oil. Traditionally, a banana leaf is used and the mixture is taken in lumps of the size of a small lemon and lightly pressed on the banana leaf and the resulting flat thingie is dropped into the oil and fried until it turns brown. The intensity of the color needed is dependent on your taste! Translated from Cook And See (`Samaithu Paar') by S. Meenakshi Ammal, a cookbook in Tamil

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