November 10, 2010

Vadacurry / vadakari

Posted in Breakfast, sides at 9:31 am by kalpana

Hubby is not a big fan of this vadakari-idli combination.So , i never used to make this before.Nowadays,I have again started to make this for my son. It makes a complete healthy meal for kids.While making for kids, you might want to cut down on green chillies.When it comes to idli, each of us has a rule- hubby is happy with  sambhar,son wants sugar and i want onlyyyyy chicken curry.But i think,it is a interesting change to eat idlis with vadacurry sometimes.I made it yesterday…nobody complained 🙂


  1. Chana dal – 3/4 cup
  2. Fennel seeds – 1/4 teaspoon
  3. Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  4. Cloves,cinnamon stick,bayleaf – 3,1,1 respectively
  5. Ginger – 1/2 inch
  6. Green chillies – 4
  7. Garlic cloves – 3
  8. Curry leaves – few
  9. Cilantro – few
  10. Tomatoes – 2
  11. Chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon ( you can add more if you want)
  12. Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  13. Salt – to taste
  14. Oil – 2 tablespoons


  • Soak the chana dal in water for 2 hours.
  • Grind the soaked chana dal ,fennel seeds,salt in a mixer and make a batter.It should be like idli batter.
  • Make idlis out of the batter using idli cooker.Just steam it for 7 to 10 minutes like you make idlis and keep it aside.
  • Grind ginger,garlic and green chillies to a fine paste.Chop the onions.
  • Heat oil in pan.Add the mustard seeds,cinnamon ,cloves,bayleaf .when the mustard seeds splutter,add the chopped onion and curry leaves .
  • Saute the onion for few minutes and add the ginger-garlic-chilli paste.
  • Saute for few more minutes and add the chopped tomatoes.
  • When the tomatoes are well cooked, crumble the chana dhal idlis and add it to the tomatoes.
  • Add water,chilli powder,turmeric powder ,salt and mix well.
  • Mash it with a spoon for few seconds and add some more water.
  • Let it cook for 10 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat when the vadacurry becomes thick.
  • Garnish with cilantro.
  • Serve hot with idli or dosa.

Current Mood – curious

Place : Basement  with sonny 🙂

Song – Deep peace of  the running wave to you


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