Thattai / Thattu vadai is made mainly for diwali in our house holds. But mom says can be made mainly for gokulashtami too. We make uppu seedai, vella seedai and kai murukku for gokulashtami in my mom’s house. This year, as our paati passed away, we have no celebrations, but wanted to try this thattai as it has been ages (really long time) since I had this. So I was craving for some for past few days. This is my first time I am trying and it came damn tasty and crispy too! Thanks to amma, I asked her the recipe for thattu vadai yesterday and tried it as such. Now I have enough for next 2 weeks. Coz, only I like it, so I am the lone eater of it :D
We can add peanuts, curry leaves like we get in restaurants, but in our home we make this way, and I love this way a lot. So made it that way. If you like peanuts, you can add it along in this recipe.
- Soak channa dal and urad dal for 1 hr.Mix rice flour,urad dal and fried gram dal (pottukadalai) flour,asafoetida, red chilli powder, salt, softened butter, sesame seeds and the soaked dals well. Add water little by little to make a smooth non sticky dough. Keep covered.
- Make equal sized balls of (gooseberry sized) and keep it covered. Take two zip loc covers, grease it with few drops of oil. Keep one ball at a time and put the other greased cover over it and use a flat bottomed bowl to press it. You can do this with your fingers as well. I do this way to get a good shape and also makes job easier.
- After flattening with the bowl, it is a must to flatten with your fingers to make it thin and even. Carefully take off from zip lock cover by inverting it on one hand and drop in hot oil.Cook in medium flame.
- Flip and cook for more time until the bubbles completely ceases(stops) After the bubbles stops, cook for 1 more minute in medium – low flame to ensure cooking completely. Drain in paper towels. Do one by one and finish all the dough. Cool down.
- If you want to add peanuts, add roasted ones 3 – 4 tblsp for this recipe. You can skip adding soaked urad dal.
- Adding curry leaves also enhances the taste. You can also add grated coconut 2 tblsp for this recipe.
- If you have no pottu kadalai flour, you can skip it too.
- Butter can be replaced with oil.
- You can prick the thattais here and there before frying, with tooth pic if you feel its not cooked evenly.
- The channa dal and urad dal adds punch to the thattai , but soaking is very important.
- When you drop the thattai, the oil should be really hot. While cooking, do it in medium low flame. Its important to cook the thattais a minute even after the bubbles stops. otherwise in the middle, it wont get cooked.
Store in airtight box and enjoy as your coffee / tea time snack! At last, my craving for thattai came to an end today :)