Paruppu Vadai (Mixed Pulse Fried Snack)

Course : Curry
Serves: 1
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3 cups Bengal gram dal (chana dal)
1 cup toor dal
1 cup black gram dal
2 tablespoons grated coconut
2 tablespoons ghee
1 cup oil -- for frying
4 medium red chiles
15 medium green chiles
4 sprigs curry leaves
3/4 teaspoon asafetida
1 teaspoon salt -- to taste

Preparation / Directions:

Clean, wash and soak dals together for 3 hours. Drain water completely. Grind red and green chiles, curry leaves, asafetida, salt, and a spoonful of dals together to a fine paste. Add rest of dals and grind coarsely. Do not add any water. Add ghee and grated coconut and mix well. Take a spoonful of batter on a clean polyethylene sheet and pat into 2-inch Vadais (patties). Make 4 to 5 Vadais at a time. Heat oil and deep fry Vadais until crisp. Drain and serve hot with Chutney or Raita. Makes 45. For Masala Paruppu Vadai (Fried Snack With Pulses and Onions) - Make a batter as above. Omit grated coconut. instead add 3 onions (peeled and chopped fine) and 2 tablespoons coriander leaves (chopped fine) to the batter just before frying and mix well.

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