Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yield: 8-9 batata vadas
Serving Size: 3-4
For the Potato Filling you will need:
4 medium sized Potatoes
10-12 curry leaves
2 tsp skinned spilt urad dal (Black Gram)
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds (optional)
1 chopped green chilly
1 or 1.5 tbsp finely chopped ginger
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp asafoetida
a few chopped cilantro/coriander leaves (optional)
oil for frying
For the Besan (Gram Flour) batter you will need:
1.5 cups gram flour
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (optional)
1 cup water
2 tbsp rice flour (optional)
Firstly boil the potatoes till cooked thoroughly. Then mash them well. There should be no lumps.
In a pan, take some oil.
When the oil gets hot, add the mustard seeds.
When the mustard seeds start crackling, add the cumin seeds, the curry leaves, chopped ginger, chopped chilly, asafoetida.
Fry till the spices are well cooked. Don't burn.
Add the turmeric powder.
Now add this tempered hot spices with the oil to the the mashed potatoes.
Mix the potatoes with the spice mixture with a spoon as the mixture will be hot.
Later you can mix with your hands.
Make equal sized medium balls of the potato mixture.
Flatten them a little as it helps to deep fry them easily.
Preparing the vadas:
Now take the gram-flour, turmeric powder, add salt to it.
You can also add a pinch of red chilly powder to it.
I added rice flour to this batter as rice flour makes the coating crisp while frying. You can completely omit adding rice flour. With water make a slightly thick batter.
Dip each potato patty or ball in the besan batter.
Coat the ball evenly with the gram flour batter.
In a hot oil in a deep fry pan, add the potato balls coated with gram flour paste.
Fry them till golden brown.
Batata Vadas are served with green chutney and tamarind-jaggery sweet chutney.
You can also serve them with coconut chutney.
If you are short of time, you can serve them with tomato sauce too.
It is also served with fried green chillies tossed in salt and a maharashtrian dry chutney made up of garlic, red chillies and onions.
You can make a vada pav too of it. Just slice the pav or bun into to.
Apply the green chutney on one side.
Then apply the sweet chutney on the other side.
Sprinkle the maharashtrian dry chutney made up of garlic, red chilli and onions.
Keep the batata vada in between the two slices of pav and serve with fried green salted chillies. You can also use burger buns or bread slices.
the batter is slightly thick for making these vadas.
do not make a thin batter.
if the batter is too thick than you can add some water.
use good quality gram flour/besan to make the batter.
Source : Veg recipes of India