Vada Curry / Masala Vada Curry or popularly called as Set Dosa Vada Curry - One of the famous south indian gravies that serves as a side dish for idli, dosa, pongal etc. It is very addictive if you like masala vada and it is sure a winner to me. I agree it takes time to prepare the vadas first then get on to make the gravy but am sure it is worth the time, it tastes that good.Now lets get on to make vada curry :)
Vada Curry Recipe - IngredientsServes: 2Cooking Time: 45 mins
For the vada:Chana dal - 1 cup (soaked for 1 hour)
Fennel(Sombu) seeds - 1 tsp
Dry red chilli - 2
To temper:Oil - 1 tbsp
Cinnamon stick - 1' inch
Cloves - 2
Bay leaf - 1
Green Chillies - 1
Curry leaves - few
For the gravy:Onion - 1 medium sized chopped finely
Tomato - 2 medium sized
Ginger Garlic paste - 2 tsp
Red Chilli powder - 2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Coriander leaves - 1/2 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Note : You can use leftover masala vadas too
1.Boil tomatoes until the skin starts to split.Peel off the skin and puree it.Keep aside.
2.Soak chana dal for 2 hrs.Then grind it along with red chillies and fennel seeds to a coarse paste.Add required salt and mix well.
3.Form small patties and steam cook for 10-15mins until soft.Toast it in tawa until roasted(this step is purely optional),set aside.Else you can deep fry them too.Heat oil add cinnamon,cloves,bayleaf, green chillies and curry leaves.4.Add ginger garlic paste, saute till slightly browned.Then add tomato puree along with required salt,turmeric,coriander and red chilli powders fry for few mins till the masala blends well .Add 3/4 cup water and allow it to boil.5.Add the vadas at this stage and allow it absorb the gravy well and become soft. Simmer for 5mins.Garnish with coriander leaves and switch off.
- You can make small patties and deep fry them too.Steaming and toasting works well too.
- The vadas should get soaked well and get well blended with the gravy. The vadas should start to break and this makes the gravy even more thicker.
- Left over masala vadai can be used for this too.
- Adding tomato puree gives a nice tangy flavour so to compensate I added 2 tsp of red chilli powder, adjust spice level accordingly.