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Plantain Vada

19 Dec

aratikaya_vada
Aratikaya Vada.

Plantain is cooked with skin till soft. It is then mashed up and mixed with rice flour and spices into soft dough. Dough is then made into small thin discs. The plantain vada is then deep fried in oil till its golden brown in color. Serve plantain vada with steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Makes: around 7 Plantain Vada.

Ingredients:

Plantain 2 Medium
Rice Flour 6 – 8 Tbsps
Fenugreek Leaves a Handful
Red Chili Powder 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Salt to Taste
Oil for deep frying

Method of preparation:

Wash and cut the plantain in half horizontally.
Pressure cook the plantain in enough water for 2 whistles.
Alternatively, boil the plantain in a sauce pot with water till its soft.
Cool the plantain till its warm enough to handle, peel and remove the from onto a bowl.
Mash the cooked plantain with help of a fork into paste.
Wash, separate leaves and strain the fenugreek leaves.

In a mixing bowl, mix together mashed plantain, rice flour, fenugreek leaves, red chili powder, cumin seeds and salt into soft dough using little water.
Taste and adjust the spices if necessary.
Take lemon sized plantain mixture and form into a soft ball.
Press the ball with wet fingers to flatten into thin disk and place it aside.
Repeat the same with remaining plantain dough.

Heat oil in a deep frying pan on medium heat.
When oil gets hot, carefully drop the plantain vada into oil.
Fry the plantain vada on both sides till golden brown in color.
Remove the deep fried vada onto absorbent paper.
Serve plantain vada with steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Notes: Make sure plantain is cooked well before peeling.

Suggestions: Don’t leave the cooked plantain outside for a long time. Leaving outside might harden the cooked plantain. Once cooked, peel and mash as quickly as possible. Adjust rice flour depending on the wetness of the plantain mixture. If plantain vada not cooked well, put it back in oil and fry on medium low flame till done.
Variations: Check other recipes with plantain here.
Other Names: Plantain Vada, Aratikaya Vada.