Batata Vada

  • Potatoes -1kg
  • Onions, chopped finely-3,4
  • Bengal gram flour (besan) -2 cups
  • Green chillies -3-4
  • A small piece ginger
  • Garlic-4 cloves
  • Grated coconut -2 tbsp
  • Sugar to taste
  • Juice of one lime
  • A few sprigs coriander leaves, chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Mustard seeds -1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder -1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder -1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds -1 tsp
  • A pinch of soda-bi carb (baking soda)

  • Pressure cook the potatoes till soft.
  • Peel and mash. Set aside.
  • Blend together the green chillies, garlic and ginger to a fine paste.
  • Mix together the potato, onions, ginger/garlic/chilli paste, coriander leaves, sugar, lime juice and salt to taste.
  • Heat a little oil and add the mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  • When the mustard crackles, remove from heat and add to the potato mixture.Mix well.
  • Make a smooth batter with the bengal gram flour, salt to taste, cumin seeds,red chilli powder and turmeric powder.
  • Add a teaspoon of hot oil when making the batter.Let the batter remain thick.
  • Divide the potato mixture into equal sized portions, the size of a lemon.
  • Dip each ball in the batter and deep fry till golden brown in color.
  • Serve hot with chutney/ketchup.

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