Batata Vada
 
 
Batata Vada is a spicy potato dumpling coated with gram flour and deep-fried. This is one of India's classic street snacks.
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Indian Vegetarian
Ingredients
  • 4¬†potatoes, boiled and then mashed (I like to leave the skins on, but they typically are peeled, so take them off if you'd rather)
  • A generous pinch of asafetida (hing)
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp green chilli paste
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil, like canola
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • In a bowl, mix together:
  • ¾ cup chickpea flour, sifted
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder like paprika or cayenne if you really want to kick up the testosterone in the room
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • A pinch of baking soda
  • Oil for deep frying
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil and add the turmeric and the asafetida.
  2. Now add the ginger, garlic and chilli pastes and saute just a few seconds. Add the potatoes and salt, mix well, and take off the heat. Mix in the lemon juice.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool before you handle it.
  4. Take the chickpea-chilli mixture and add enough water to make a fairly thick batter, about the consistency of pancake batter.
  5. Make balls with the potato mixture, about 1 inch in diameter. Dunk one at a time into the chickpea batter. Turn to coat and then drop into the oil which should be at between 350 and 375 degrees.
  6. Fry the vadas on all sides until they turn reddish-brown. Don't overcrowd the pan. Remove to paper towels and drain.
Recipe by Holy Cow! at http://holycowvegan.net/2011/02/vada-pav-for-superbowl-sunday-with.html