In the months of June – November all I can think of is about rain as a Malayali. Right now, we are beholding the seasonal romantic visit of the Monsoon Gods to Kerala. Every day I woke up to the pitter- patter of raindrops with goosebumps all over me. And the sweet smell of rain and damp earth wafts around me. Water, bright greenery , colorful umbrellas local fishermen and a myriad of unseen natural beauty are the quintessential scenes of monsoon days.
When monsoon hits the land , cravings hit us hard. I don’t know what induce these cravings, whether it is the action packed monsoon or the chill from the rain. A cup of hot tea and a plate of crunchy munchies is one of the must have on a rainy day.
Today when the cravings hit me hard, I tried to suppress it. But as the rain became intense, so is the cravings too. So I thought of making some vada aka Indian doughnuts.
This was my first time trying the doughnut vada. I have only eaten vadas from restaurants and street vendors , and I was scared to try that at home because the shape will go wrong with my inexperienced hands
I am sharing the recipe here.
Rava (semolina)- 1 /2cup
Boiled potato(mashed) – 1(big)
Cumin powder – a pinch
Salt – for taste
Crushed garlic – 2or 3 cloves
Ginger paste – 1tsp
Crushed green chillies – 2
Onion- 1 small
Oil – to fry
Turmeric powder – a pinch
Mix all the ingredients and sprinkle some water on to it to make it damp.
Don’t add too much water, just a sprinkle to hold all the ingredients.
It should be coarse and thick but slightly loose than chapathi dough because you have to put holes in the center.
Take lemon size balls from the mix and place it on your palm and slightly flatten it and then dig in hole on the center.
Freeze it for 20-30 mins
Heat oil and fry the freezed vadas in the oil . Fry until it turns golden color.
Try it with hot tea or coffee .
While I was savouring these crunchy munchies all I could hear was the beat boxing of raindrops against my roof.
P.S. I never thought I could make doughnut shape . So I didn’t thought of clicking pics while mixing the batter . All I could do was click the piping hot vadas.