Spinach / Cheera Parippu Vada

Ingredients:

1 cup peas dal / chana dal ( kadalaparippu)
1 1/2 cup spinach, finely chopped
1″ piece ginger
3-4 green chillies
1 dry red chilli
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped
2 sprig curry leaves, chopped
a pinch of turmeric powder
1/4 tsp asafoetida
salt to taste
oil for frying

Preparation:

  1. Wash and soak dal in water for 3-4 hours.
  2. Crush together ginger, green chillies, dry red chillies, fennel seeds, few curry leaves and 1 tbsp soaked dal to a coarse mixture. Keep it aside.
  3. Drain the water from soaked dal and grind it into a coarse paste without adding water (don’t make it paste, crush it lightly).
  4. Transfer this to a bowl and add finely chopped spinach, crushed mixture, chopped onion, curry leaves, coriander leaves, turmeric powder, asafoetida and salt and mix well with your hand.
  5. Make small balls out of the mixture and flatten them with your palms.
  6. Heat oil in a pan and drop the prepared vadas gently to the hot oil and fry them on medium flame till they turn golden brown and crispy.
  7. Drain on paper towels and serve hot with tea / coffee…

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