Sweet and delicious, this vada is the perfect dessert to serve at a lunch party

The vada doesn't have urad dal in it. Photo: Malayala Ruchi

Uzhunnu vada is undoubtedly one of the most popular teatime snacks in the southern part of India. Hot and crunchy vadas are even served as side dishes with dosas or idlis. In case you are bored of the same old uzhunnu vada, check out this sweet vada that could be enjoyed as a delicious dessert. Interestingly, urad dal which is the main ingredient in the uzhunnu vada isn’t added in the sweet vada. This interesting recipe appeared on the Instagram page Malayala Ruchi. Check out the recipe.

2 ripe plantains (steamed and seeds removed)
½ cup grated coconut
1 tsp cardamom powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
A pinch of baking soda
4 tbsp sugar or jaggery
¼ cup wheat flour

Mash the steamed plantains well
Into it add grated coconut, cardamom powder, cumin and baking soda
Add sugar/jaggery too
Mix well
Now add the wheat flour
Give everything a good mix
There is no need to add water as the steamed plantains are moist
Scoop a ball of this dough
Shape into vada and put a hole in the middle
Fry in hot coconut oil until they are crunchy and golden
Tasty sweet vada that can be enjoyed as an evening snack is ready.