Friday, June 6, 2008

Spinach-Black-eye peas Fritters / Halasandekalu-Soppina Vade

I don't make deep fried food very often, reason one being health conscious and secondly I don't like frying, after doing it I don't like eating them. But I don't mind eating it once in a while made be others.

When I get huge cravings to eat some spicy fried food, I can't help but try and make it little healthy by adding spinach and lentils. So over the last weekend I made some Halasandekalu vade(black-eye peas) and spinach (soppu) vada.

I'll send this as my entry to Mansi's Fun & Food for Monthly Mingle-Appetizers & Hors'Doeuvres.

Ingredients required
  • Black-eye peas - 1 cup (soaked for 2 hours in water)
  • Red onion- 1 medium chopped finely
  • Spinach - 1/2 cup chopped( I used frozen)
  • Cilantro leaves-1/4 cup chopped
  • Green chillies- 3 or more chopped
  • Ginger- 2" piece chopped
  • Red chili powder- 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste.
  • Peanut oil for deep frying.

  1. Soak peas in 3 cups of water for 2 hours. Drain all the water and grind it to course paste.
  2. If using fresh spinach chop and add. Since i used frozen i thawed and squeeze water out of it and then used it.
  3. Add all the above chopped veggies mix well. Add chili powder and salt to taste.
  4. Heat oil on medium-high heat and fry them in batches of 3-4 at a time, till golden brown on both sides.

Enjoy !