Vengaya Vadhagam

Vengaya Vadagam has a long story behind it at my home. When we were in our school days, every summer cousins and aunts would assemble at my uncle s house and gear up for the Vathal season of the year. We would under my Grandmom s leadership make all kinds of Vathals and Vadagams. The best of them was Vengaya Vadagam as it had a long process to make and tasted out of the world. I still remember paati sitting in the middle of the hall and instructing everybody to make this, to get that.. When I made this vadagam this year, I was remembering her every minute. There are many things which I got to learn from my grandmom, like how to play Pazhanguli, how to tie flowers, how to make athirasam, how to make vadagam, etc. I will proudly say that Im her only granddaughter who knows all this, and learnt it from her.I miss her so much . Wish she is still there with me life will surely be different than what it is. I miss you Paati

Going on to today's Vadagam.

The ingredients are

Big Onions - 1 kg 
Urad Dal - 1/4 kg
Garlic - 1 cup
Red Chili powder - 4 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tbsp
Mustard Seeds - 2 tbsp
Curry leaves - 2 cups finely chopped
Fenugreek Powder - 1 tbsp
Salt as per taste

Method :

Peel the onions and cut them into small pieces

Soak the urad dal and pulse it into a coarse paste

Pulse the garlic pods into small pieces

Take the onions, garlic and urad dal in a bowl add red chili powder, fenugreek powder, turmeric powder and salt

Add the mustard seeds and chopped curry leaves

Mix well to form a nice moist paste. It should be in the consistency of pakoda
I use an aluminum tray lined with plastic sheets to lay small quantities of the mixture to be dried under the sun

A completely filled tray

A close up view of the vadagam

This is how the vadagam will look after sun drying for two days

A bowl full of sun dried Vengaya Vadagam

Vengaya Vadagam after being deep fried


sushma said...

wow different and new dish for me

Srivalli said...

I can relate to all those memories Kamalika, take care..

Chef Mireille said...

wow..what sun drying can do!

Jayanthi said...

Yummy! Looks awesome and I'm sure it must be tasting delicious.

Unknown said...

I make vengaya vadam by adding little rice flour to it...This looks delicious...Must try soon...

Suma Gandlur said...

Wow, didn't know that this version with garlic and onions. Interesting.

Harini R said...

Never ate any onion based vadagam so far. Sounds interesting.

Ms.Chitchat said...

New to me, never had this before. Would surely make this soon.

The Pumpkin Farm said...

never knew of this kind of sandaga(vadhagam) , very nice

Unknown said...

vengaya vadagam i heard about this but never made will tyr next year sor sure. some memories in our life we can not forget them right take care dear.

Padmajha said...

Yes Kamalika, this series was nostalgic. Loved all your posts in this series. Will try this one for sure :)

Priya Suresh said...

Makes me nostalgic, am missing my grandma too,she makes this vadagam very well too.

veena said...

I make them a little different. This looks very nice!!!

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