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Raw Banana Vada
From: T.B.Sri Devi Gayathri Ramesh - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

This is a very tasty and filling snack.
Can be taken as evening snack along with coffee or tea.
Can also be taken as starters in the parties.
Can be served for 3 to 4 persons.
Cooking time approximately 30 minutes.

  • Urad dal - white -1 cup
  • Raw banana - 2 no's
  • Red chillies - 4
  • Onion - medium size - 1
  • Ginger garlic paste - 2tbls
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Corriander leaves - small bunch
  • Mint leaves - 20 leaves
  • Asafoetida powder - 1tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying
Wash and soak urad dal in water for 2 hrs.
Grind it with very little water in to a very thick paste.
Note that water shou8ld be sprinkled while grinding.

Add red chillies and salt while grinding.
After gringind keep it in a separate bowl.

Cut the raw banana into two, put in a bowl containing water and boil till it is done.
Then peel it and mash it thouroughly.

Add all the other ingredients with the urad dal paste.
Mix well.
Finally add mashed banana and mix everything very well.

Cut corriander curry leaves and mint leaves finely and add to the paste..

Put a kadai in the stove and heat 500gms oil and when the oil is hot take a small lemon size pastes, pat it evenly like the thickness of a vada and deep fry 30 at a time and serve hot with coconut chutney.

Instead of raw banana we can also use boiled and mashed potatoes.
When the oil is ready to fry the vadas, keep the flame to medium heat and fry the vadas.