Andhra Minapa Garelu | How to Make Andhra Garelu
Recipe type: Breakfast,Dinner
Cuisine: South Indian
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Serves: 3 people
A deep fried and traditional South Indian item made with urad dal. It is best eaten with coconut chutney/sambar or chicken curry.
  • 1 Cup Whole or split urad dal
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying
  • For seasoning the batter :
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 spring curry leaves
  • 2 green chillies chopped
  • 3 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 1 inch chopped/grated ginger
  1. Clean the lentils using runing water so take out any mud or stones in it.
  2. Soak the lentils/dal/minapa gullu in plenty of water for 2 hours atleast. usually i soak it over night.
  3. Drain the water and wash it one more time.
  4. Using very less water grind the soaked lentils into paste or thick batter(see notes).NEVER ADD MORE WATER.
  5. Take it to a bowl and add cumin, salt and the ingredietns mentioned for seasoning.
  6. Mix it well with your hand to incorporate all the stuff into the batter.
  7. Take oil into a heavy bottomed an or kadai heat it enough for deep frying(don't let the oil burn and give you more smoke)
  8. Wet your hands and make small balls out of batter.Flatten them on a plastic cover by wetting your hands occasionally and form a disc shape.Place a hole in the center and drop them in hot oil for deep frying.
  9. Drop the garelu/vadas carefully into hot oil and deep fry them on both sides into golden color.
  10. Take them on to tissues to absorb oil and serve hot with any chutneys.
I always end up using more water which will make the batetr runny. Please be careful while adding water, just add enough for grinding.
Make the size of the garelu according to your choice but I prefer small ones as they will get fried evenly.
Adding seasoning to batter is agin your choice but it will make the vadas spicy.
Put the flame in medium while frying.
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