Lentils and Brown Rice Vadai
Commonly sold as a street snack or in Indian food stalls across Malaysia and Singapore, this savoury fried snack is packed with spices and absolutely delicious. We like to think of it as a savoury donut! The word ‘Vadai’ usually indicates a range of Indian style fried savoury snacks. Other names for it is vadai, vade, wada and wadeh. To make this snack a little healthier, we’ve incorporated brown rice into this recipe. Making vadai is easier than it looks, but it does needs a bit of planning ahead as you need to soak the dhal and rice for 2 hours beforehand. This will soften it and make it easier to blend later. Makes approximately 15 portions.

Ingredients

  500 g dhal
  160 g cooked brown rice
  1 tbsp rive flour
  4 green chillies
  100 g shallots, chopped
  30 g coriander
  2 sprigs curry leaves
  20 g trans fat free shortening
  8 g bicarbonate of soda
  salt to taste
  Carotino oil, for deep-frying

Instructions

1

Soak dhal and rice in water for 2 hours.

2

Blend with rice flour, chillies, shallots, ginger, coriander, curry leaves and just a little bit of water to form a mixture which is neither too soft nor too runny.

3

Add remaining ingredients and combine well.

4

Season to taste with salt.

5

Coat the palms of your hands with a little oil and form 120 gram balls. Form a hole in the centre of each.

6

Heat oil in a large frying pan. Gently lower patty into oil, and reduce heat to medium.

7

Deep fry the patties, flipping them over gently in between cooking, until they are golden brown and crispy. Drain on greaseproof paper to allow excess oil to run before serving.