Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Mendu Vada - Lentil Fritters

Mendu Vada are "Crispy Golden Lental Fritters" reads the box it came in. We purchased them frozen - $1.99 for a box of 6. On the package they look like deep fat fried cake donuts...don't be deceived!

The fritters are a savory dish. Ingredients are: urad dal, water, coconut, green chili, salt, coriander leaves, curry leaves, spices, coriander seeds.

Urad dal is a lentil like bean.

A serving size of just two of these fritters will set you back 204 calories - half of them in fat!

I did like the fritters - they were better after adding some salt. I think if you dipped them in ketchup - it would almost be like you were eating fat onion rings (minus the onions).

They were quite hot spicy.

Dd said "Not bad - like a spicy egg roll...very, very, very spicy."

Ds said "I don't know what to say about it - it just tastes weird." He said he had 3 BIG bites...I'd say probably three little nibbles. I try to tell them they won't get a proper taste unless it's a big bite. But I understand how apprehensive they are - b/c I feel that way too!


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The Correspondent said...

I think I might like these. A very, very, very spicy egg roll sounds good right about now (and I'm not even pregnant!).

By the way, my Field Guide to Produce arrived today, and I love it! I want to read it cover to cover (I'm weird like that), and I'm ecstatic to be able to decipher more of the produce section and begin serving some different foods. Thanks for featuring this book on your blog!

My Ice Cream Diary said...

These would prbably taste great dipped in mint and coriander chutnies.

Lynda said...

Well the calorie count would be enough to keep those out of my freezer!