Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tapioca lentils vada / Maravallikilangu paruppu vadai / kuchi kilangu paruppu vadai

Maravallikilangu paruppu vadai

Tapioca is commonly known as Maravallikilangu / kuchi kilangu in tamil. We usually pressure cook tapioca and temper with mustard seeds, green chili and onion and have it for breakfast. But this time we got lot of tapioca and we are bored of eating it in the same way. So I tried to add this tapioca while making lentils vada and the taste was excellent. 

You can also incorporate tapioca in dosa / idli batter . Some of the health benefits of tapioca include its ability to help in healthy weight gain, increase circulation and red blood cell count, protect against birth defects, improve digestion, lower cholesterol, prevent diabetes, improve metabolic activites, protect bone mineral density, protects heart health and maintains fluid balance within the body.

Health benefits courtesy: Organic facts website

Ingredients (makes around 25 - 30 vada )

gram dal - 1 cup [ 1 cup size = 150 ml ]
raw rice - 3 teaspoon
Maravallikilangu / kuchikilangu / tapioca (shredded) - 2 cups
onion - 2
curry leaves (chopped) - 1 fist full
coriander leaves (chopped) - 1 fist full
green chili - 3
salt - as needed
fennel seeds - 1.5 teaspoon
oil - for deep frying


  • wash and soak rice, gram dal together for 3 hours 
  • grind it along with the shredded tapioca and green chili to a coarse mixture. Don't add water, as tapioca itself will shed some water. 
  • add salt, chopped onion, curry leaves, coriander leaves, fennel seeds to the grounded mixture and mix well
  • heat oil in a vessel
  • once the oil gets heated up, take some small amount of vada mixure, make a ball and press it gently to slightly flatten it and then put in the hot oil
  • cook in medium flame until both sides are fried and inside gets cooked. As we are adding little bit of rice, the outer part will be cripsy. 
  • Enjoy making this crispy tapioca lentils vada at your home and share your feedback in the comments section below.

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