When I came across solaiachi’s blog, I found masala paniyaram there. When I read it, I remembered about kara vadai, which is a common street food, that is ever available in Madurai. It’s also one my entries to MBP – Street Food Contest.
Making little changes from the original recipe, I have prepared this kara vadai. You can see solai’s original recipe HERE. With the batter she has prepared, she has made paniyarams. By using that same batter itself, am going to prepare vadas by deep frying it in oil. She has sauted mustard seeds and broken black gram in oil and has mixed it in batter which I haven’t done in mine. I have used food color in my recipe which she has not done in her recipe.
Idly Rice – 4 cups
Raw Rice/ Pacharisi - 1/4 cup
Black Gram/ UluthamParuppu – 1 cup
Onion – 1 (finely chopped)
Green Chilly – 2 (finely chopped)
Curry Leaves – few
Orange Food Color – 1 pinch (if u need more color, U can add accordingly)
Salt – to taste
Soak Idli rice and raw rice for an hour in water. Soak black gram separately in another bowl for half an hour. Wash and clean the rice and grind it smoothly. Now wash and clean the black gram and grind that too smoothly. Mix both the batter together and add enough salt. Do not let it to ferment.
Add chopped onions, green chillies, and curry leaves to the batter and mix it thoroughly. Dilute food color in a tbsp of water and mix it gently in the batter.
Heat oil in a deep pan and take a small ladleful of batter and simply drop/pour it in the oil. You will get small balls when u pour the batter in oil. Cook it in a simmer flame. When one side is cooked well, flip it to the other side and allow it to cook. Now kara vadai is ready to serve. You can serve it with coconut chutney.
When you prepare batter for idli, you can take a little amount of that batter (before it ferments i.e., as soon as u finish grinding idli batter) to prepare this kara vadai. Some people won’t add raw rice while grinding idli batter and at that time you can add 4 tbsp of rice flour to the batter and as usual we can prepare this vadais.