I was at the supermarket peering into the deep freezer when I saw vada mix. I adore vadas, those delicious crispy mouthfuls of yumminess and asked a lady whether she thought it was a good mix. She replied “If you have a food processer, then do yourself a favour and make your own - it’s easy and it’s cheap.” So I did, and she was right, and now I am hooked.
I soaked a packet of yellow split peas (R11) overnight, rinsing well the next day. I divided it in half and cooked that gently until soft. The other half I used to make a variety of patties and poppers. Please Note: You can always use chick peas instead - they make the very best poppers and patties but are more than double the price. The yellow peas are way more economical and still very delicious. The ideas below suit both pulses.
COOKED YELLOW PEAS
SOAKED YELLOW PEAS
In the processor I combined the remainder of the soaked yellow peas with a chopped onion; two cloves of garlic; a knob of ginger; two red chilli, seeds and all; some fresh coriander leaves; cumin powder; cinnamon powder; salt and black pepper. The result should be quite coarse and grainy. If you like a chunky texture, then grind the peas separately and just add the other ingredients after processing. Place the mixture in a bowl and add a cup of ground almond and/or enough gram flour to give you a slightly stiffer mixture.
Serve these yummy patties on a hamburger roll with all the usual trimmings; OR as part of an autumn salad buffet with potato salad, green salad and coleslaw, pickles, beetroot slices, cheese and rolls; OR make fabulous sandwiches! Take fresh bread, cut off the crusts and spread with mayo. Flatten a patty to fit the bread and spread with a nice sweet chilli sauce. Cut in quarters and serve on shredded lettuce.