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Milagu Vadai (Hanuman Vada)

Jan 22, 2014         3 comments.

Milagu Vadai is a deep fried snack usually prepared for Anjaneyar (Hanuman) Jayanti. We make a vada malai (necklace) with this snack!
Milagu Vadai Recipe | Hanuman Vada | Lentil & Peppercorn FrittersI’m giving you a fair warning – you need to have a good set of teeth to enjoy this snack. 🙂

If you love hard pretzels, then you surely shouldn’t have a problem with this hard fritter. A classic south Indian recipe usually prepared during Hanuman Jayanthi, this vadai is super simple to make and requires just a few ingredients. “Milagu” is a Tamil Word which means “Pepper”. We simply use pepper to spruce this fritter. The hard texture that is so typical of this snack is achieved by grinding the lentils to a very thick batter with barely any water. Without further ado, let me show you one of the easiest deep fried snacks you might have ever seen! Milagu Vadai Recipe | Hanuman Vada | Lentil & Peppercorn Fritters

Milagu Vadai Recipe | Hanuman Vada | Lentil & Peppercorn Fritters

Soak both the lentils in enough water separately for 30-45 minutes to easily facilitate grinding. Using a mortar and pestle or any hard object, manually grind the peppercorns to coarse chunks. It should have big granules.
Milagu Vadai Recipe | Hanuman Vada | Lentil & Peppercorn Fritters

Discard the water completely and grind the whole black gram 9urad dal) to a smooth, thick paste. DO NOT add any water while grinding or the batter may become loose. Add the salt, split black gram (lentils) and the ground black pepper to the batter and mix well. If the dough is too sticky, you can add a tablespoon of Rice flour & mix. (Taste and adjust for salt, pepper)
Milagu Vadai Recipe | Hanuman Vada | Lentil & Peppercorn Fritters

Heat up enough oil for deep frying in a pan. Take a zip lock cover or any plastic sheet and grease it well with oil. Make small lemon sized balls of the batter / dough. Place it on the greased plastic / zip lock bag.
Milagu Vadai Recipe | Hanuman Vada | Lentil & Peppercorn Fritters

Grease your hand and gently pat out to form a flat disk. Or else you can grease the back of a flat cup / ramekin and press gently.
Milagu Vadai Recipe | Hanuman Vada | Lentil & Peppercorn Fritters

With a finger, form a hole in the middle of the disk.
Milagu Vadai Recipe | Hanuman Vada | Lentil & Peppercorn Fritters

Gently remove the disk and drop into the hot oil. Let it fry on medium heat on both sides for about 4-5 minutes or until it has formed a golden brown color.
Milagu Vadai Recipe | Hanuman Vada | Lentil & Peppercorn Fritters

Remove on a plate lined with paper towel. Let it cool completely.
Milagu Vadai Recipe | Hanuman Vada | Lentil & Peppercorn Fritters

Serve as is. Store in air tight container upto a week
Milagu Vadai Recipe | Hanuman Vada | Lentil & Peppercorn Fritters

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Milagu Vadai (Hanuman Vada)


  • Author: Kavitha
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins
  • Yield: 10 medium / 20 small milagu vadai 1x

Description

Hard Anjaneyer / Hanuman vadai spiced with pepper


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 cup “whole” Black gram (Urad Dal) {*Note 1}
  • 1 Tablespoon “split” Black Gram (Urad Dal) {*Note 1}
  • 1/5 cup Whole Black Peppercorns
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons Salt (adjust to your taste)
  • Vegetable Oil, for deep frying
  • 1 tablespoon Rice flour (ONLY if the batter is sticky or loose)
  • * 1 cup is around 200 grams
  • Note
  • Black Gram / Urad Dal / Uluttham Paruppu comes in 2 kinds – the whole one and the split one. For this recipe, we usually use the whole lentils to make the paste and the split lentils to add a different texture to the milagu vadai. However, if you can’t find one or the other, you can easily use them interchangeably.
  • Black Pepper (Milagu) is a crucial ingredient for this recipe. The recipe itself is named after this ingredient. We usually coarsely grind the whole peppercorns. However, if you don’t like the texture or taste of big chunks of peppercorn, you can substitute with finely ground pepper powder.
  • You can use as much or as little peppercorns as you like. For a spicier version use more pepper.

Instructions

  1. Soak both the lentils in enough water separately for 30-45 minutes to easily facilitate grinding.
  2. Using a mortar and pestle or any hard object, manually grind the peppercorns to coarse chunks. It should have big granules.
  3. Discard the water completely. Grind the whole black gram (urad dal) to a smooth, thick paste. DO NOT add any water while grinding or the batter may become loose.
  4. Add the salt, split black gram (lentils) and the ground black pepper to the batter and mix well. If the dough is too sticky, you can add a tablespoon of Rice flour & mix. (Taste and adjust for salt, pepper)
  5. Heat up enough oil for deep frying in a pan. Take a zip lock cover or any plastic sheet and grease it well with oil.
  6. Make small lemon sized balls of the batter / dough. Place it on the greased plastic / zip lock bag. Grease your hand and gently pat out to form a flat disk. Or else you can grease the back of a flat cup / ramekin and press gently.
  7. With a finger, form a hole in the middle of the disk.
  8. Gently remove the disk and drop into the hot oil. Let it fry on medium heat on both sides for about 4-5 minutes or until it has formed a golden brown color.
  9. Remove on a plate lined with paper towel. Let it cool completely.
  10. Serve as is. Store in air tight container upto a week

For the Hanuman / Anjaneyar Vada Malai

  1. Take a thick, long thread and pass it through as many Vadas as possible. Tie a few knots at the top! You have yourself a Vada necklace!

Notes

  1. Do not deep fry on high heat or the vada will quickly get the color but not crisp up from the insides
  2. The trick to making this crispy is to make a very thick batter while grinding. After Make sure you discard the water well before grinding it. If it is too sticky, you cannot make balls.

Tip: Use Whole Urad Dal and fresh Peppercorns if you have them on hand!

Other deep fried delicacies –

Sweet Appam
seedai recipe

Seedai
seedai recipe

Banana Chips
banana chips

Thattai
thattai recipe

Paneer Pakoda
paneer pakoda recipe

Masal Vada
masala vadai

Vellai Appam

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