Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Palak and Black Eye Pea Vadas

Here is another dish with Black eye peas. You can call it vadas if you shape it or just drop it in oil without shaping it- you have fritters. This vada tastes very differnt from the channa dal vadas. It is crunchy on the outside and so soft on the inside. Recently I saw these pea fritters in one of our fellow bloggers blog. But I'm so sorry. I forgot who it was. Anyway, that's how I was reminded of this dish that I had made years ago... maybe 4 years back.

I saw this dish in the 'melting pot' foodtv show. A carribean cook did this. I don't remember her name. She served it with cucumber raitha. Initially, I was doubtful of the combination , but I remember that my hubby really enjoyed that combo. I tried to locate the recipe from 'Food TV' but couldn't find it. So, I recreated the recipe to best of my knowledge. Also, I added palak for my touch. It tasted sooo good.

Hey, I know what you are thinking. You might wonder what am I doing with fried foods when I'm bragging that I'm on diet. Actually, I didn't eat even one. Just tasted the batter for seasonings before frying it. 'B' wanted a tea time snack, so it was made just for him. He relished all the vadas without any one to compete for it. Didn't have time for the raitha. So I served it just with tomato ketchup and sweet tamarind sauce. My hubby liked it both. Ok, it's time for the recipe. Here goes.

Ingredients:
Black eye peas- 1 cup (soaked overnight)
onion- 1/2 (finely chopped)
clove- 1
saunf- 1 tsp
ginger- 1/2 "
green chillies- 3
salt- as needed
palak- 1/2 cup (chopped. can add more if needed)

Procedure:

Drain the soaked peas. Grind it with clove, saunf, ginger, chilli and salt to a coarse batter. Do not add water. Otherwise the batter will become runny and you can't shape it. Scoop out the ground paste and add chopped onions and palak. Mix well. Test for seasoning level. Finally shape them into vadas and deep fry in oil. Serve it hot with cucumber raitha, sauce or mint chutney.

Here is another look....

34 comments:

Asha said...

You probably saw it in my blog Kribha. I made these southern snack for good luck in my new year's post this month!:)

I loved the taste too, very crunchy and delicious to eat. Enjoy!:)

Happy cook said...

Well girl you do have character. Making these delicious fritters and not eating them.
Wish i was like you

Happy cook said...

Oh forgot to say send it to Manasi. She is hosting a game theme and it is vegetarian snacks

Dhivya said...

Hey nice vadas..this the first time in ur blog..u hav a nice blog.it would hav tasted good,Thanks for sharing.

meeso said...

These look great! I can imagine they are so tasty and different...I will try these soon :)

VM said...

Hi Kribha,

I have tried some of your recipes and they have all come out really well. I wanted to thank you for sharing your recipes with everyone. I am not a great cook but recently I have been getting compliments from family and friends (thanks to people like you who share recipes). I hope and pray that your son's health recovers completely. Thank you again!

Seema said...

Nice one kribha! but man, appreciate your diet control rules & not even eating one... I dont think i can be like that:-) Appreciate your will power...Send it to Manasi of Funnfud for game night event - deadline is tomm i think.. you still have time.

Richa said...

vadas look so tempting :) i too had made burgers some time back, they taste good.
btw, i was wondering where u had disappeared, did not see u around for a while and now 2 posts in a row :) always my pleasure to hear from you :)

remya said...

yum yum frittars....so hot n crispy vadas..OMG how can u control dear...i will finish at platter in min...variety snack...well done

Superchef said...

thats one healthy vada!!! looks very tasty!!

Rama said...

Nice Vadas.........

Rajitha said...

good going kribha..the vadas look great..and kudos to your will-power

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

the vadas look really good!!! Thanx for the idea

Cynthia said...

I am definitely trying your black-eyed peas cake. I love that peas. Used it in a dish I am posting this weekend too.

Love your work, hon.

Laavanya said...

Those do look delicious and kudos to you on not even tasting one!! Boy.. how do you do that?

Kalai said...

Black-eyed peas are really awesome. Beautiful vadas and congrats on having such great willpower! :)

Dhivya said...

Hi Kribha thanks for dropping by..Ippa dhan unga pumpkin halwa parthaen,,photos romba nalla irundhadhu...Hope u know tamil :)It would hav tasted good

DK said...

I have an absolute clear idea of how they must have tasted! I love these :)

Kribha said...

Hi Asha,
I think so too. maybe that's where I was reminded of these fritters. These vadas are a nice variation from the traditional ones. My hubby enjoyed it so much. Will be making more this weekend for the get-together at my friend's home.

Hi HC,
Actually I'm not that a strong woman. If you show me chocolate I'll be totally out of control. But these dishes I can compromise. I have a terrible weakness for sweets.So, I'm not sure if I truly deserve your compliments.
About Mansi's event.... Didn't know about it earlier. Thanks for bringing it to my notice.

Hi Dhivya,
Thankyou so much for dropping by and writing those sweet comments. Glad you liked the vadas. Do come back for more.

Hi Meeso,
Thankyou so much dear. I hope you give it a try. It tasted really really good. Actually that was what my hubby said.

Hi VM,
Very sweet of you to drop by my blog and write those beautiful words. I'm so happy that you liked my recipes. I wasn't a great cook too. Learnt it all by experience. I wish they had blogs those days to help me. :-)

Hi Seema,
Actually I'm not a woman with that great will-power. Now I have learnt to reserve some foods to indulge when I'm totally tempted. If I would have made a sweet dish I'm not sure if I could have controlled my mouth.anyway, thankyou so much dear. Will surely send this to mansi soon.

Kribha said...

Hi Remya, Super chef, Rama, Rajitha and Ramya,
Thankyou all for your sweet comments. I'm so happy that you all liked it. Do try it sometime if you get a chance.

Remya and Rajitha,
I have a bad sweet tooth. It's sweets where I lose my control. This was easy for me. :-)

Hi Cynthia,
Thankyou so much dear. do try it sometime. It tasted so good.Eager to see what you have created. Will wait for it.

Hi Laavanya, Kalai and DK,
Thankyou all for your sweet words. Glad that you liked the vadas. Do give it a try sometime. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
About my will power. These are easy for me. Sweets are the one I can't control at all. :-)

Hi Dhivya,
Mikka Nanri. Naan Tamilachi. I speak tamil very well. So happy that you liked the halwa. I liked your blog very much. Will be visiting you often.

Sia said...

delicious... but kribha dear, i am on diet;) i am not doing any deep frying till i reach my goal:) bookmarked ur black eyed peas kurma recipe.

Pravs said...

Vada's looks delicious. Good going.you are sticking with you diet and not tempted by these yummy vada :)

Rina said...

Kribha, loved these... Can't wait to try.. Wish I could download and have them with a nice cup of Chai..Ha, ha...

Rachel said...

Foremost..thanks a lot for leaving those lovely comments on my blog...

I just discovered ur blog..lovely blog..if I was making fritters..I would have gobbled up a couple of it by the time it is served!!

Bharathy said...

He he Kribha!..My son is right beside me staring at the vadas and he wants them right now! :)..

Who will not crave these crispy, lovely vadas you have made here..the time is 3:35 pm here! ;)

Kribha, you def have a great will power!:)

easycrafts said...

This looks so tempting and tasty...

Pragyan said...

Hi Kribha: This looks delicious. Blogrolling this to definitely remember to try it. I have never had black eye peas..this is a great way to try it for the first time :)

Uma said...

wow, looks delicious.

Sagari said...

adding palak is a nice idea kribha ,looks yummmmmmmmm .

Try that rava dosa just make sure that tava is hot while sprinkling batter .

Kribha said...

Hi Sia,
You too on diet? I'm so happy that I have company. I fell sick last week and couldn't follow my diet. Hope to get back on track soon. Don't worry girl. We can have all these foods soon after we reach our goal. Good luck.

Hi Pravs, Rina and Rachel,
Thank you all for your lovely comments. Do try these sometime. I'm sure you will like it.
Rachel... you needn't thank me for the comments. You dishes truly deserved them.

Hi bharathy,
That's quite a compliment. Thankyou so much dear. I would be glad to do it for your lil one if I would have lived closeby. :-)

Hi EC, Pragyan, Uma and Sagari,
Thankyou all for your kind comments. Truly appreciate it. Hope you all give it a try sometime.
Sagari... Thanks for the tip. I'll surely try it out.

Archana said...

Black eyed bean vada's. Absolutely authentic and different. Such foods are not in my regular everyday cooking, surely when i have some people over, this is going to be a new addition. Thanks for sharing

Bharathy said...

Hmm unlucky son and me :(

Kribha said...

Hi Archana,
Thankyou so much dear. Do give it a try sometime. You will surely like it.

Hi Bharathy,
You made me feel the same way too when I saw your fish curry. It looked AWESOME. It is still in my mind.

mona said...

thanks for yummy recipe