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Blogging Marathon# 43: Week 2/ Day 1 Theme: Navarathri -- Festival Special Dish: Garelu (Vada) My theme for this week is dishes made for Navarathri. I planned on having all the dishes ready while on vacation in India, but the last week got too hectic and I couldn't get the posts ready on time.Thanks to my mom who made 2 dishes for me, I have the pictures ready. We are back home now and slowly getting back to routine. After signing up for this theme, I called my cousin for suggestions for dishes that are typically made for Navarathri. She...


20 garelu

Total time

60 minutes




  • 1 cup Urad dal
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • to taste Salt


  1. Soak urad dal in plenty of water for at least 4 hours. Grind the soaked dal with LITTLE OR NO water. Add cumin seeds, salt and set aside.
  2. Heat oil for deep frying. To make the vadas, take about 2-3 tbsp of batter on a ziploc bag or aluminum foil, flatten it and poke a hole in the middle. Slowly transfer it into the hot oil and fry on medium-high flame until golden brown and cooked through.
  3. Serve immediately with ginger chutney or sambar or coconut chutney or anything else.