Parippu Vada/ Lentil fritters, Roasted spiced chickpeas: Super Bowl Treats.

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Yesterday was the big sports day, the day of the Super Bowl. Green bay Packers WON THE GAME defeating Pittsburgh Steelers 31 – 25. My hubby is a big fan of the NFL games; but one good thing is that he is a football fan and not a fanatic. Further he loves the games not the teams. He has same craze about cricket too. When we were married I found that he will wake up around 4.00 AM in the morning to know cricket score in the internet, as he has not able to watch live in Television. Nowadays he loves to watch cricket occasionally via internet when live streaming is available. I came to know about of rule of football from my hubby. 

Usually super bowl parties will be hosted all over USA, we usually don’t host any parties, but I want to make some treats for my foot ball fan, so I made roasted spiced chickpeas and parippu vada/lentil fritters. I have been making parippu vada for Super Bowl for last 6 years. 
If you want to eat a good parippu vada you may want to visit any of the numerous small fast food joints in Kerala (we call it thattukada). There in front of the Thattukada you can find small benches and people sitting and enjoying tea (one meter tea) with parippu vada (being one of the popular snacks), and discussing national and local politics. There is also a famous song sung by K.J. Yesudas (Popular singer) is here. In that the lyricist mentions that if eat one you want another one, but if you don’t eat you will not be able to quench your desire. 
Another place you can eat good parippu vada is at the railway stations, where the train stop for 5 -10 minutes, vendor with plate containing parippu vada( Chana dal and toor dal fritters), Uzhunnu Vada, ( urad dal fritters), Ethakappam ( Ripe plantain fritters) will start yelling vada vada chaya coffee (vada ,tea and coffe). Within 5 minutes the vendor will sell everything from snack to lunch. Sometimes in certain parts there are also travelling vendors who would get on the train at a certain station and serve the various dishes and alight at the next station. 
Amma used to make parippu vada during avani avittam and deepavali, she won’t add any onion if it is for offering to God. However when you add small shallots or onion along with curry leaves the aroma of frying dal is out of the world. I made parippu vada during the super bowl tea time for my hubby. He loves it along with his favorite tea. I made the parippu vada exactly as my mom used to make with the exception of adding some onions to it. 

I have seen roasted chickpeas in Elsa ‘s blog, and since I had kept dried chickpeas for soaking for making chana masala I thought why don’t I give Elsa’s recipe a try . I used 1 cup of soaked chickpeas and spiced them with cumin powder, garam masala, chili powder and garlic powder. They turned out to good munchies as they are baked and less guilt free one too; I am going to try again. Here goes the recipe of both Parippu vada/Lentil fritters and roasted spiced chickpeas. Give it a try some time; you are going to love both snacks.

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Print recipe from here

What you need

Toor dal:  1½ cup
Chana dal/Split chick peas: ½ cup
Onion: 1 no ( chopped finely)
Serrano pepper; 1 no (chopped finely)
Ginger chopped: 2 tablespoon(chopped finely)
Asafetodia: ¼ teaspoon
Red chilies: 4 no
Salt: 1 teaspoon or to taste
Oil: 4 cup( I used canola oil)

How I made

Soak Toor dal and chana dal along with red chilies separately for about 3 hours. Wash and drain the dals /lentils in a colander and keep aside for 5 minutes.

Grind half of the mixture of dal with red chilies into a fine paste where as there ½ of rest into coarse paste and remaining ½ into slightly broken pieces or just two pulses in a food processor or grinder.

Add finely chopped onions and ginger, curry leaves (if using) along with salt, asafetodia into the ground mixture of dal and mix until everything incorporated well.

Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan until it becomes smoking hot or around 360 F.

Make small dal patties similar to large oatmeal cookie (about 2 1/2 inch round) using your palm or plastic film (I found using palm is more comfortable) with rubbing you palm with water. Gradually slide the patties into the hot oil. Fry about 4-5 patties at a time. Flip in between so that all sides get browned evenly. About 8 minutes is required to get one batch done in medium flame.

Remove them using slotted spoon and drain excess oil using paper towel.

Enjoy with warm tea or coffee.

Preparation time: Soaking time 3hours
Grinding time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour and 40 minutes
Yield: 26 no
Verdict: Crispy, yummy
Will you make it again; I will

For roasted spiced chickpeas

Chickpeas soaked: 1 cup
Salt: ½ teaspoon or to taste
Cumin powder: 1/8 teaspoon
Chili powder: 1/8 teaspoon
Garam masala: 1/8 teaspoon
Garlic powder: ¼ teaspoon
Olive oil: 1 tablespoon

How I made

Preheat oven to 400F.

Pat dry soaked chickpeas for 5 minutes in kitchen towel and set aside. I used dried chickpeas soaked for about overnight, use can also use caned chickpeas. 
In a baking sheet lined with nonstick aluminum foil add pat dried chickpeas, cumin powder, garam masala, garlic powder, chili powder , salt and oil mix everything well so that each chickpeas gets coated with spices.

Bake them for about 18 minutes or until crispy. In between rotate the baking sheet.

Enjoy as much you wish.

Preparation time: 20 minutes + overnight soaking time
Yield: 1 serving
Verdict: yummy
Will you make it again: yes I will.

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  1. says

    We use lentils and chickpeas in Spain, but not in the way you do. I learn so much when I come here… Wow…. cooking is a never-ending “subject”.
    xxx :)

  2. says

    Both the dishes looks delicious..Vada and chai is perfect combo.
    Regarding goda masala recipe you asked, frankly I use store bought goda masala dear.

  3. says

    Parippu Vada is my favourite snack..Its perfect for the winter.. can munch with some hot chai.These vada’s look nice and crispy.. I am drooling all ovder my key board :)

  4. says

    It’s great you integrate your Indian culture to the Super Bowl, I don’t see that a lot. This sure looks something I would love to serve for appetizer party.

  5. says

    Wow! what a treat for the super bowl! Parippu vadai and railway stations…mmm..tell me about it! Like your anecdotes very much:) Roasted chick peas look so crispy. Nice post for this weather…I am drooling:)

  6. says

    Thanks so much for making my recipe! I am so glad you enjoyed it. I love to sprinkle them over salads in the place of croutons as well. :) And the carrot yogurt rice looks amazing as well. I have a question though, when you cut up a hot pepper, such as the Serrano, how do you get the oil off of your hands? It never burns my hands, but after I wash my hands the oil remains and if I touch my eyes, they burn. I’ve used lemon before, but it doesn’t work well. Any tips?

  7. says

    What delicious snacks Swathi! The lentil fritters look completely delicious – and do you know I was planning on making some roasted chikpeas like this already. Can’t wait to try them. A good healthy snack.

  8. says

    Hi Swathi! In this house as well, my husband loves special treats for the super bowl game. Your recipes look so good! I would really love those lentil fritters and I am going to try to make them one of these days. They remind me very much of falafel which we have in Greek food but that is chick peas. The chick pea crunchies also look lovely! Thanks for sharing these great recipes on the hearth and soul hop! all the best! Alex

  9. says

    HI Suatti, in Europe footbal is the most popular sport, my youngest son playing football, is 16 years old and loves to follow the league.
    What delious snacks, looks fantastic!!

  10. says

    Thanks for sending me in the right direction to find this. I had a feeling, I had seen this before and I had. I am off to check the other recipe.

    You could keep me well fed with these fantastic recipes.