Chettambade is the name in Konkani for Chick peas dal vada which is the popular street food of Bangalore. Chette is flat in Konkani. So it is the flat vada. When I was in my teens I was put up in Malleshwaram in Bangalore and whenever we went out for shopping or marketing, there was a favorite street food shop in Malleshwaram 8th cross and I was a frequent visitor to that shop wherein these vadas was available almost the whole year round. I can never forget those days. Even now whenever I visit Bangalore , i would visit any of the street food shop to have my favorite vada. Here goes the recipe.
What you need to have:
1. Chick Peas Dal/Bengalgram Dal – 1 cup
2. Green chillies – 2
3. Curry leaves – 4-5 strands
4. Coriander leaves – a handful
5. Ginger – 2″ piece
6. Asafoetida(soft) – size of a peanut
7. Rice Atta – 4 level teaspoons
8. Byadgi chillies – 2
9. Chopped onions – A little( I have not added)
Ingredients of Chettambade
What you do with what you have:
1. Wash and soak chick peas dal in water for about 2 hours. Check to see that if you just prick with your nails it breaks.
2. Drain water and grind soaked dal in the mixer with green chillies, ginger and required quantity of salt to a coarse paste as shown in the image below. Add chopped coriander leaves, chopped curry leaves and rice atta as well to the dough. Break Badgi chilli into small pieces and mix it to the dough. (Be careful while grinding that, you do not add water at all. The paste should be so coarse that dal should be just broken into parts like that.)
Ground Chettambade dough
3. Pinch out required quantity of the dough from it and make small balls and just flatten it and is as shown in the image below.
Round flattened balls
4. Place a skillet with 2-3 cups of cooking oil in it. When heated, just fry the flattened vada from step 3 into it and fry it till it is crispy and light brown in color reversing the vada on the other side as well.
Vada being fried in oil
Frying of vadas in progress
5. When done enjoy hot with your favorite wet chutney or plain or even with tomato sauce.
Chettambade with Wet chutney
Number of Chettambade: 20
How long it takes: 45 minutes
Good to know:
– In some street shops they add chopped onions and also chopped garlic pods, so thats an option.
– Rice atta is added to make the vada more crispier.
– Do not add water at all while grinding soaked dal. Dont grind to fine consistency, the dough should be coarse to avoid sogginess.