This is also one of my favorite snack........I think this Vada need no introduction...............
- 2cups Chana Dal(soak for 1hr.), 1''cinnamon stick, 3cloves, 4green chillies(adjust as per spice levels), 2''ginger root, 2spring curry leaves(roughly chopped), 2cloves garlic(lightly crushed), 1onion(roughly chopped), salt to taste, oil for deep frying.
- Keep 1/4of the soaked chana dal aside. Grind the rest of the dal, green chillies, Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, salt to a coarse paste. Now add chopped curry leaves, crushed garlic, chopped onion and 1/4cup of separated chana dal, mix well. Heat oil in a pan on medium high heat. Take a lemon sized dal paste, shape it into a ball and press in between the palm lightly to the shape of a Vada and now fry them in the oil on medium heat until they are light golden in color.........For additional crispiness(to get the texture of the restaurant), first fry the vadas until they are very light golden color,once done with all the vadas...re fry them until they get nice golden brown color..........this method really makes much difference in taste and texture.