As with my previous blog post, this post is an extension of my vacation in India as it is something that I associate very closely with home.
Allow me to paint you a picture - It is a rainy weekend afternoon; you are in a relaxed state of mind having completed all your chores and curl up to read a good book. At this juncture, imagine you had a steaming cup of filter coffee and some piping hot maddur vades with coconut chutney in front of you? Ah! life couldn't get better. Hmmmm on second thoughts, the only way it could get better is if someone else did the cooking and then handed it to you on a platter. Oh well!
Maddur is a place between Mysore and Bangalore in Karnataka, India. It is famous for these vadas which as you can see get their name from. Rooted in my mind are childhood memories of driving down from Mysore to Bangalore with my family and stopping by to eat these vadas (which were usually packed in newspaper). Of course my Dad was always worried about hygiene considering these vadas were mostly prepared by road side street vendors so these trips were very infrequent. Still, whenever I hear or read about maddur vade, it always brings back pleasant memories of my hometown and childhood.
I had no idea how to make these vadas until one day I was trying to figure out what Indian fried snack to make for a dinner party. I was sick and tired of the usual pakoda-bonda-bajji-cutlet-samosa routine so was trying to come up with something a bit more unusual. My hubby suggested maddur vade so I began combing the internet to find a good recipe. I came across several of them and picked this particular one (http://www.tasteofmysore.com/2009/02/maddur-vade.html) since it looked easy and authentic. I am always very apprehensive about trying a new recipe on the day of a party especially when I don't have any backup plan! But this recipe alleviated all my concerns since the finished product turned out to be pretty good for a first time effort.