Over the weekend I tried making a few new (to me) snacks. I made a batch of dahi vada from Kitchenmate. I didn’t read the recipe carefully enough (mea culpa) and so ground the onions and chilis with the urad dal mixture. I think this led to the batter being too wet, and I couldn’t get it to make donut shapes without completely sticking to my hands, so I went with just plain lumpy shaped ones. However, they were still a big hit. My son liked them so much he begged for the leftovers to take to school for lunch. Always a good sign. I can definitely see the usefulness of a “wet grinder”. I had a hard time grinding the dal in my food processor, and I don’t have a blender. Could be the next kitchen appliance purchase.
I also tried a batch of ponganalu, using Indira’s recipe. These came out really well, and were a really big hit with my wife, who also really liked the accompanying peanut chutney. I didn’t have a ponganalu pan, but I had one that I bought for ableskiver. Turns out to be pretty much the same thing, and it worked beautifully. Again, since I don’t have a wet grinder, I wimped out and used idli rava and urid flour, but hopefully the results are similar. Definitely something I’d make again. Very easy and tasty.