As i am heading for a vacation after long time, thought of leaving you all two delicious snacks to enjoy .My lil' one calls both of these as "chicken", which happens to be his fav.food.Whenever he calls something i cook "chicken", then i know it's a hit...:))
Vendhaya keerai/Methi vadai
Yellow split dal - 2cups
Methi leaves - 1 cup
Jeera - 1tsp
Red chillies - 10-12
Ginger - 1 inch piece(grated)
Green chillies - 4 (chopped)
Onion - 1 (chopped)
Asafoetida/Perungayam - 1
Soak yellow split dal for 2 hours.Take out abt 3-4 tbsp of dal and keep it aside.Grind rest of the dal with red chillies into a coarse paste without adding water.In a pan, heat 1 tbsp of oil and saute methi leaves well.Now in a bowl, mix dal paste,methi leaves,kept aside dal,ginger,green chillies,jeera,perungayam and salt well.Make them into small patties (vadas) and deep fry them in oil till golden brown.
Noodles - a handful (i used lo mein noodles, you can use pretty much any type)
Onion - 1 medium sized ( chopped fine)
Green chillies- 4 ( chopped)
All purpose flour or maida - 4 tbsp
Cheese - optional
Salt - as needed
Oil - for frying
Cook noodles in boiling water and drain them.In a bowl, mix cooked noodles,onion,green chillies ,salt and maida together.Make balls out of it and deep fry them in hot oil.
For kiddie version, i placed tiny pieces of parmesean cheese in the midlle of the ball and replaced green chillies with little crushed pepper.Try adding ginger,coriander leaves...