Garelu (గారెలు, வடை, वड़ा, ವಡೆ) is a traditional South Indian food known from antiquity. Although they are commonly prepared at home, vadas are as well a typical street food, hotels , festivals, poojas too. They are served as Breakfast , side in lunch , snack, in combo with idli sambar and chutney. It is very filling , it a deep fried food basically made out of one ingredient that is black gram dal , urad dal. It is also prepared all over India in different shapes , though the taste it heavenly.
Regional Dish : Andhra; Tamilnadu; Karnataka; South India.
Cuisine Style : Andhra | Cooking Time 30minutes | Take with sambar and chutney | Type Snacks/Breakfast | Shelf Life : 1 day|Quantity :5 Servings.
Appx. Nutrition values : calculated for 1 serving (2nos)
Calories (351 Kcal), Carbohydrates (59.8 g), Protein (15.1 g), Fat (5.3 g).
- Whole urad dal (black gram dal (minappappu) 1 1/2
- Raw rice 1 tbsp
- Ginger very finely chopped 2
- Green chillies very finely chopped 2 to 3
- Finely chopped 1 big onion
- Salt to taste
- Oil for deep fry
- Soak whole black gram dal and 1 tbsp raw rice for 5-6 hours.
- Strain the water from the dal and grind to a paste sprinkling little water and salt.Dont grind all the dal at once,
- Use small portions to grind batch wise as its easier to grind into a soft paste.
- Add salt while grinding to a fluffy paste.Then add chopped onions,finely chopped ginger and green chillies to the batter and mix well.
- Take a deep frying vessel and add enough oil for deep frying and the oil should be really hot.
- Wet your hands with water and take a lemon sized ball and flatten it into a vada on a greased sheet or banana leaf.
- Make a hole in the centre of the vada or gare so that it cooks evenly all over.Slowly drop it into the hot oil
- Carefully and fry it on both sides on medium heat to a golden brown colour.
- Serve hot with sambar or any chutney .
Other variants / Cuisine Style : 1. ulli garelu 2. Akukoora garelu 3. garelu (with small quantity of Rava), perugu garelu, pakam garelu , sada garelu, vegetable garelu.