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Monday, September 29, 2008

Kalkandu Vadai (Sweet Vadai)

Happy Navrathiri Wishes To All Of You

Kalkandu Vadai is a very famous Chettinadu vadai. This is a sweet vadai instead of the usual salt vadai. Tastes Great. In my native place whenever we want to do some group pooja or if it is an auspicious day like diwali, thiru karthikai like that then we prepare this kalkandu vadai.
It used to be originally made with kalkandu (Sugar Candy in English & Misri in Hindi) and hence the name Kalkandu Vadai. Nowadays it is replaced with normal sugar.

Kalkandu Vadai
Ingredients

Urad Dal - 3/4 cup
Raw Rice - 1/4 cup
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Or Kalkandu - 1/4 kg
Oil for frying

Method 
Wash & soak the urad dhal – rice mixture. After about 30 minutes, drain the water and spread the mixture on a clean cloth/towel. So that the cloth sucks the water. If using Kalkandu keep it ready in powdered form. 

Grind the dhal as fine as possible, using the sugar or powdered kalkandu. Avoid water as far as possible. 

Make small vadais (like medhu vada) & deep fry initially on medium & then low fire. The vadais puff up very well, so do not fry more than 3-4 at a time. As usual like for our usual vadas the oil should not be very hot. The vadai tends be little more brown than the usual medhu vada, so don't worry.

The Kalkandu Vadai remains good for 2,3 days.

This is my 1st entry for the event JFI- Festivals guest hosted by Srivalli of Cooking 4 all seasons. JFI was founded by Indira of Mahanandi.
 And to the Navratri Festive Food event hosted by Lakshmi of Taste of Mysore.