CABBAGE VADAI


CABBAGE VADAI
This is a recipe from my mother. She used to add some veggies whenever she prepares masala vadais. It will be greens like drumstick leaves or cabbage or plantain flower. I have used red cabbage here because I love its spicy taste with the vadais. The only difference from the regular ones are that I tried baking the vadais instead of deep-frying them. They came out pretty well. These vadais were thin and crispy. If anyone is crazy about trying to bake vadais like me, please don’t try to bake medhu vadais, all you get is a flat cake, which is crispy on the outside and real mushy inside :(

INGREDIENTS:
Channa dhal, 1 cup, soaked for 2-3 hours.
Fennel seeds, 1 teaspoon.
Rice powder, 1 tablespoon.
Garlic, 2 cloves.
Ginger small pieces.
Green chilies, 3.
Red cabbage, coming to ½ cup when chopped..
Salt, as per taste.
Red onion, medium-sized, 1.
Curry leaves, a handful.
Cilantro, a handful.

PREPARATION:
Wash the soaked channel dhal and set aside. Grind the channa dhal along with the fennel seeds, chilies, garlic, and ginger without water. Chop the onion, cabbage, curry leaves, and cilantro into small pieces. Add the chopped cabbage, onion, curry leaves, cilantro, rice powder, and salt to the ground channa dhal and mix everything well. Heat a kadai with 1 cup of oil. When the oil is hot, take a small amount of the ground mixture and flatten it with the palm of the hand and drop into the hot oil. When the vadais rise up and turns golden-brown, remove the vadais from the oil and drain the excess oil with a paper towel. Serve the hot vadas with tomato sauce.

ALTERNATE METHOD OF COOKING THE VADAIS:
Take a baking sheet and spray it with any nonstick cooking spray. Take a small amount of the ground mixture and flatten it with the palm and arrange the vadais on the sheet leaving sufficient space in between them. Bake them for 350 degrees for 15 minutes and lower the oven temperature to 250 and bake them for 5-7 more minutes. Remove the vadais from the oven and serve hot with tomato sauce.

25 comments:

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

vadai looks inviting.. feel like making it now :) my mom also makes this.

Malar Gandhi said...

Dude....I too add lots of veggies in masal vadai...but never in medhu vadai. Yeah...I can understand trying to bake medhu vada will be a disaster. This purple cabbage to into ur masala vada and baking method...is really different.

Laavanya said...

I've never tried adding cabbage to masal vadai but that's a lovely idea.. must add a nice crunch. Must try the baked version next time.

Sujatha said...

Adding veggies to masala vadai is new to me.. and baking is even more new to me :) Next time I'll try both :)

Andhra Flavors said...

i heard abt this vadai. but never tried. will try this time.

Sunshinemom said...

Recently I had this in Bangalore at a hotel! Couldn't make out the difference between cabbage and onions in vadai! It is a lovely recipe for tea time:)

Jaishree said...

My MIL used to make cabbage vadai.But Inever tried.. vadai looks tempting...ur masala vada and baking method...is really different.

Priya said...

Vadas looks delcious..feel like making n having rite now...best way to add cabbage to vadais for peoples who hates cabbages...

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Baked vadas?! Sounds awesome! I usually make cabbage vadais in medhu vadai version,this also sounds good!
Who's picture is that in your side bar? :)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Vada with cabbage that too baked ones sounds healthy and yummy.

DEESHA said...

lovely vadai .. i had eaten this loong time ago & had really loved it

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

One day when I called my Mom she told me that she made cabbage vada I wanted to make them too the next day I made them and the vada was all broken I poured a lil extra water I guess after that I dint wanna try this now you have made them perfectly well, I am craving for this again...

Seena said...

Thanks Gita for your nice comment,me too first time here.! Glad to see you with lots of nice recipes.. :)

Uma said...

ooh, love those crispy vadas. Yummy!

SriLekha said...

looks crispy and delicious!

Neema said...

This surely is a tasty treat

Maheswari said...

Nice to see veggie added into a vadai.My ex-collegue used to bring different kind of vadais like this for her lunch..Brought back memories..

Vibaas said...

so yum. love the baking version too...

Vij said...

This recipe is new to me! gr8 idea... will try it for sure..

Viki Xavier. said...

cabbage vadai is my favorite.
Admire ur method of baking vadai. This is a much useful recipe with nil oil.

Adlak's tiny world said...

cabbage vada!!! in baking version!!ye wonderful and tempting dear.

Yasmeen said...

Crispy tea time vadai,I didn't experiment baking them though,I'm glad you cautioned me:)

Juliet said...

Those look delicious!

Usha said...

Loved the idea of baking masala vadai and it seems to have turned out crisp and delicious, great job Gita !

AnuSriram said...

Vadai looks crisp and nice... Cookies looks fantastic...