09 October 2016

Kerala Snack - Thattukada Parippu Vada |Kerala style Lentil Fritters

Parippu Vada a.k.a Lentil fritters are one of the famous snack in Kerala . When I think of or look at or eat a Parippu Vada ,what really gives me a nostalgic kick are the Kerala train stations ...During my childhood days ,whenever we visited our grandparents in Kerala during summer vacation,the sign that we reached Kerala or our destination was the mere sight of vendors rushing to every windows of the train compartments with a box of Parippu vadas or Pazham puris/Banana fritters and mere sound of them yelling "Vadai vadai Parippu vaddai " and me staring at those munchies with drooling mouth - in vain....Maa,paa didn't care to buy one :|


Second kick,I mean nostalgic kick I get are those Thattukadas/Chayakadas,you know small food joints in every nook and corner ,wherever you go in Kerala ,always have certain edible snacks in common,one among them are Nadan Parippu Vada ...I remember my grand paa would bring some hot crunchy parippu vadas covered in newspaper smeared with shadow of oil here and there and smelling snacks-from-heaven ,from the near by small shop sometimes during evening time or some guests would be nice enough to bring some....I loved them - both the guest and the Parippu Vadas of course :D

My hubby's fav-The Parippu Vada kodiyan hahah...Thx Hon for being the model of the day !;)
Third nostalgic not kick but hit I remember is that during college days,I was ragged by my seniors to say like those Parippu vada vendors in railway stations ,"Vadai Vadai Parippu Vadaiii" ...Oh well,I without any hesitation happily did what they asked for ;D....I was like (back of my mind ),Anything else -"Want me to make you a vada eh?" :D ..Poor chaps weren't that lucky !!:P

Anyways,today I am excited to share how to make an authentic Kerala special Thattukada Parippu Vada at home .

Thattukada Parippu Vada Recipe

Toor Dal/Split Pigeon Peas - 1 cup
Shallots,chopped - 10 Nos
Ginger,chopped - 2 inch piece
Green Chillies ,chopped- 1-2 Nos.(optional)
Broken Red chillies - 1-2 Nos.
Fennel Seeds - 1 Tsp
Curry Leaves,broken - A sprig
Turmeric Powder - 1 Tsp
Salt to taste 
Coconut Oil - 1-2 Cups

Method: Pls watch my video that will clearly demo how to make this nadan Parippu vada Thattukada style :

Note :
  1. You can also use Chana Dal/Split Bengal Gram instead of toor dal or even use half toor dal and half chana dal. Toor Dal will be easy to grind comparatively .
  2. Instead of shallots , you can use 1 chopped onion.
  3. What makes a Thattukada Parippu vada different and taste at par from the ordinary Parippu vada are the addition of red chillies and fennel seeds !

This Lentil fritters don't need any chutney or ketchup by their side .The best companion and accompaniment to these Kerala special lentil fritters are just a piping cup of Indian Tea/Chaaya ...Oh..and a cold day or winter season or a rainy day would totally take it to next level -simply Earthly,homely yet heavenly....