Chattambade or Chana dal vada – the name is enough for us to drool . this evening snack with soaked chana dal ground to a coarse paste with few spices and deep fried to golden brown fritters  goes well with a hot cup of coffee or tea especially during rainy season..Being quite easy to prepare ..its a popular snack at home .
Ingredients: –
  • Chana dal-1 cup
  • Roasted red chillies-3-4(depending on spice level)
  • Curry leaves-1 sprig
  • Onion-1 medium sized
  • Coconut grated or kobri-3 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves-few
  • Asafoetida- 2-3 pinch
  • Green chillies-1-2
  • Salt-as desired.

this measure will yield around 10-15 Chattambades.:

Method: –

  •  Wash well and soak chana dal in water for 3 hrs. Drain out the water completely using a strainer.
  • Grind this to a coarse paste adding roasted red chillies without adding water. Don’t worry if some whole chana dal remains in the paste.
  • Chop green chillies,curry leaves,coriander leaves into small pieces and keep aside.
  • Mix the paste with chopped ingredients and add grated coconut or kobri pieces, asafoetida and salt in a mixing dry bowl. Mix well.
  • Divide the mixture into small lemon sized balls and flatten it gently by pressing in between your palms into a flat 2 inch round disc.
  • Heat oil in a kadai on medium flame. Drop these discs into hot oil and fry on a medium flame till they turn golden brown and crispy.
  • Serve it hot with hot cup of coffee/tea.

This post is courtesy of my friend – Soumya Pai K

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