Masal Vadai

It is a bizarre phenomenon that some of the vegetarians here, particularly elders, do not like the strong flavor of fennel seeds and they avoid food spiced with fennel seeds even in restaurants. But I like its sweet flavor and use sparingly in vegetable kurma & masal vadai. Typically¬†masal vadai or aama vadai is prepared…

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Deep Fried Lentil Patties

Deep fried lentil patties (Aama vadai) are very popular South Indian snacks. It is so delicious for being crispy outside & soft inside.¬†Traditionally patties are prepared without adding spices like fennel, cumin, garlic, etc. on Deepavali day.¬† The next day we used to soak excessive fried patties in a bowl of thick curd (yogurt) and…