Summer suddenly fell into Fall and the air has turned crispy. Plump red berries adorn the sidewalk coloring the landscape in the brightest of hues…..
……while the temps have taken a nose drive this weekend. Dark clouds hang low and it’s raining on & off over the weekend……
……..all setting the mood for some Fall cooking….and it’s only beginning !
The baby spinach packets I had bought were still fresh in the refrigerator, an idea was forming in my head even as I looked at them. Rainy days & fritters/vada’s/vadai (singular) was always a hit combo back home, wanting to recreate the same magic across the oceans, I set about soaking the chana dhal/split chick peas in water.While it was soaking for an hour or two, I got the other ingredients ready and managed to watch a movie on Netflix too. Make the best of what you are given, if the rains keep you indoors, find a way to keep yourself happy doing things you love indoors, I said to myself as I chopped the spinach leaves & onions. Soon enough the dhal was soft enough to be ground into a coarse paste ( not exactly fine, coz that would mean it would absorb more oil, so NO! to that one) & before I knew it, the piping hot Vadas were ready on a rainy afternoon, good to go for an evening snack.
Keerai Vadai is a deep fried snack prepared with a combination of Bengal Gram Dhal & Spinach.These fritters are made with Spinach, Onions, Ginger and Green Chillies. Similar to Paruppu/Masal Vadai with the addition of Spinach . It is a perfect evening teatime or rainy day snack.
Enjoy your rainy day snack with a hot cup of coffee, warmth will fill your being & the cold weather outside won’t matter anymore!
The links to my previously published Spinach recipes are attached below for your interest.