Sambar vadai is urad dal vadai, soaked in mild and flavourful sambar. I recently only developed taste for sambar vada, especially the one from Murugan idli shop. After their chutneys, I like their sambar vada. I have it often but the best sambar vada here in Singapore is from Nalan restaurant near Funan IT mall. Their sambar is the best and love their sambar vada a lot. Both these restaurants inspire me to try sambar vada at home. Mostly I make thayir vadai or rasam vadai only. Lazy to make sambar for sambar vadai.
These days I soak only less urad dal and grind for festivals as it always goes for waste. We cook lot of things and it will be heavy to eat vadai too on top of it. This time for Ganesh Chaturthi I soaked more and ground in wet grinder especially to try sambar vada. Co incidentally, I saw the same in Vj TV show Samayal samyal. I have heard about making sambar by cooking raw onions, but never tried as I thought it won’t smell good. When I saw in Tv, I thought why not give it a try and to my surprise it turned out really good. I adapted the recipe but only changed the method of making here and there to my convenience. And I know I am going to make this often here after until I get bored of this. You can either make vadas especially for making sambar vada or recylce the vadais already made too. Just soak in hot water, make sambar and soak the vada in it.
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Always serve hot! Add raw onions just before serving. We all loved it and for the first time Aj too ate it.