I was planning do something similar fora while and finally decided last weekend. It doesn't take much soaking and easy to prepare. My son and hubby had gone for basket ball practice and my daugher was napping.
I follow the exact recipe of Mallika Badrinath and this is how it goes.
So, let's get to business
- 1 cup urad dal
- 1 tbsp rice
- 1 tsp black pepper corns
- salt to taste
- Oil to deep fry
- wash and soak the urad dal and rice for 20 mins.
- Powder the pepper
- drain water and grind coarsely with little water. Mixie/ blender is fine, just add little amount of water.
- Add salt to taste and pepper powder to the batter. add salt at the end.
- Heat oil in a pan to deep fry.
- Add 3 tbsp of hot oil to the batter and mix well.
- Make small balls with little water on your hands.
- Use a zip lock bag and flatten the balls thin like a thattai and make a home in the center.
- Drop in the oil carefully after lefting them off the zip lock,
- Deep fry till golden and crispy.
If the batter is runny you can add a little rawa/ sooji.
I made 2 vadais and then My daughter was crying in her nap. I turned off my electric coil and went to attend her needs. I was trying to put her back to sleep as I had to finish frying the vadai's. Suddenlt I heard some beeping noise and wondered, " why is the smoke alarm going off?'.
I rushed downstairs and was shocked to see that my kadai with oil was on fire. The flames were so intense that my over therange microwave was on fire and the flames were slashing up to the ceiling. I had not turned off the heat properly, How stupid is that??
I was in total shock. I grabbed the pan with a " idukki". put it out on the deck and put the fire out with water.
There was black soot every where and I was just shaking. It could have been worse!
I heard my daughter crying in panic as the smoke alarm was very loud. I quickly grabbed her, called 911 and got out of the house.
This is what was left....
No more vadai's... No more microwave! Even though the insurance will cover, the inconveniences I have created are....!
The lessons I learnt ( hard way) were..
1. Make sure you turn off the stove before you go on to do something, especially if you have hot oil.
2. Never use water to put off a fire with grease. cover the pan with a lid and that will contain the fire.
3. Have a small fire extinguisher in the kitchen which can be reached immediately.
4. Don't multi task, as we woman always do!