Vade (Veddah / Vaada / Baara) Savoury Snack Recipe

Vade (vadda / veddah / vaade / baara) is a traditional Indian savoury split pea snack. The round and flat mixture is deep fried for a tasty compliment to a meal or as a stand alone snack.

Ingredients

500ml split peas (soaked in water overnight)
3 red dried chillies (soaked with the split pea)
3 finely chopped green chillies
½ a cup of chopped coriander
5ml each of roasted cumin and coriander seeds (fry the seeds in a pan for a minute without oil)
½ a teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon mixed ginger and garlic paste
1 medium sized onion diced finely
2 sprigs of sliced spring onion
¼ levelled teaspoon of baking powder
Oil for deep frying

Method

  1. Grind the cumin and fennel seeds together to form a powder.
  2. Drain the water from the split pea and red chilli.
  3. Blend together the split peas and red chilli in a food processor until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.
  4. The mixture can be emptied into a bowl. Add in the green chilli, salt sugar, cumin and fennel powder, ginger and garlic paste, onion, spring onion, coriander and baking powder.
  5. These ingredients should be mixed well (not chopped further).
  6. Place a tablespoon of the mixture into the palm of your hand and pat it flat. It should be round, smaller than your palm and about 5mm in thickness. Very large vades may break as you place it in the oil.
  7. Fry in hot oil until reddish brown in colour. The mixture is loose and crumbly, take care when placing it in the oil.
  8. Turn the vade once over during cooking and place onto an absorbent paper towel to drain any excess oil.