Peanut Vada (Medallions)

My biggest challenge, being WFPB, is to develop tea-time snacks. I do have a repertoire of them. Unfortunately, I get quickly bored with them too. Not a very happy situation. I am therefore constantly on the look-out for recipes that can be modified to suit WFPB principles. In my search, I came across this very interesting vada (medallion) made of peanuts. Vadas (or vadais) are typically South Indian preparations that are tea-time snacks. Some types of vadas are also prepared on festive days as offering to the Gods. So, vadas form an integral part of the South Indian cuisine. The vada recipe presented here is simple to make and tastes wonderful.

Peanut Vada

2 cups roasted peanuts
1/2 cup Bengal gram
1 cup onions, chopped fine
1 tsp ginger, grated
3 red chillies (adjust according to taste)
1 sprig curry leaves
1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
Salt to taste
Soak the red chillies and Bengal gram together for a couple of hours
Drain excess water and grind to a coarse paste
Set aside
Grind the peanuts to a fine powder and add to the Bengal gram paste
Mix well
Add onions, ginger, curry leaves, coriander leaves and salt
Add a little water and mix well
Make small balls of this dough and flatten them on your palm
Repeat for the remaining dough
Place these flattened medallions in a steamer
Steam for 10 minutes
Then transfer to the air fryer and ‘fry’ for about 15 minutes or till golden brown
Transfer to a serving bowl and serve hot with your favourite chutney

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