This past Friday (4/8) was Telugu New Year also known as Ugadi. It is usually celebrated with the reading of the New Years' almanac and traditional foods. You can read more about our previous years celebrations here: 2014, 2015.
This year, we celebrated Ugadi a little smaller than usual, since we both have been feeling under the weather. We had spicy tomato rasam, lemon rice, corn & cabbage vada, and of course a little Ugadi Pachadi.
As I've mentioned before, I'm a big fan of Vada, to me they are delicious spicy vegetable doughnuts! Part of the reason I like making/eating Vada is because they are simple, quick, can be made with pretty much any vegetable and are filling. It's great as a snack or a side dish. These tasty ones have a hint of sweetness from the corn which balances the spice from the red onions and chilies nicely, while the cabbage gives them some extra crunch!
Here is my recipe for Corn and Cabbage Vada:
1 cup Urad Dal
1 cup Chopped Green Cabbage
1/2 cup Chopped Red Onion
1/2 cup Sweet Corn
1 tsp Garlic Ginger Paste
1 Chopped Green Chilies
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
3 cups Water
1 Handful Chopped Cilantro
Prep Work: Soak the Urad Dal in 2 cups of warm water for about an hour.
1. Drain the water from the Dal and place softened beans in a food processor. Grind to a paste, then slowly add water till it gains a thick batter consistency.
2. To the batter add all the spices and vegetables. Mix throughly.
4. While the oil is heating, with slightly damp hands start forming the vadas.
5. Carefully place them in the oil, and cook till golden brown on both sides.
I have entered this post in April 2016 Inheritance Recipes Challenge, hosted by Pebble Soup and Coffee & Vanilla.