Chaula Bara ( A Rustic style Vada from Odisha )
Read on for the recipe -
Preparation Time - 30 mins
- 1 cup split biri / black lentil ( i use the skin variety )
- 1 cup arwa rice ( jeera rice or sona masuri will do )
- 1 tsp whole cumin seeds
- 2-3 green chili ( finely chopped )
- 1 small onion ( finely chopped )
- 2 pinch baking powder
- salt to taste
- oil for deep frying
Preparation - Wash and soak the biri and rice for 7-8 hours ( overnight ).
Drain excess water and grind into a thick smooth batter .
Keep aside for ferment for a good 4-5 hours .
Mix in the cumin seeds, green chili and onion along with the salt and baking powder. Let it sit for 15 mins.
Cooking - Heat sufficient oil for deep frying.
Drop small balls of the batter into the oil. Cook till brown on one side and then flip to cook on other side as well.
Remove and drain on paper towels.
Serve hot with ketchup and green chilis.
Note - One can also use crushed ginger, curry leaves and cilantro to enhance the flavor. The smaller the size, the more crunchy it will be, so take care to keep them small.