Preparation time: 30 minutes + 8 days Cooking time: 20 minutes Serves: Recipe Ingredients:
1 kg husked black gram lentil (urad dal)
A pinch of asafetida
4tsp mustard seeds (Rai), powdered fine
2 tsp red chili powder
6 jugs water (1 jug = 6 glasses)
Oil for deep frying
Wash and soak the lentils (dal) for 3 hours and grind to a fine paste adding very little water. The batter should be like a cake batter.
Beat the batter very well till light and fluffy. Add the salt and the baking powder and beat well again. To test whether the batter is ready or not, slowly drop a drop of the batter in a glassful of still water. If the batter floats on the top, it is ready, if not you need to beat it more.
Pre-heat oil in a deep frying pan, place a plastic sheet in your palm. Wet the plastic sheet and place a little batter and shape like a big lemon sized ball. Flatten the top of the ball with wet fingers and drop slowly into the hot oil. Deep fry on medium heat for sometime and then fry on low heat till golden brown.
Mix the mustard seed powder (rai), salt, red chilli powder and whole red chillies asafetida into the water in a glass or earthen pot or jug. Put the fried wadas into the water. Cover the mouth of the jug with a clean cloth and let stand for 6 days.
Chill before serving the wadas with the kanji.
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