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Hispanic Heritage Month Recipes

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Each year, from September 15 to October 15 Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. Last year - 2021 was especially significant because it was the 200th anniversary of Costa Rican Independence from Spain. Here are a few traditional & unique Latin American recipes you may want to add to your menu: 

Black-Eyed Pea Fritters - Bobbarlu/Alasanda Vada




I know I've mentioned my love of vada (Mixed VeggieCorn &CabbageMasalaPotato, and Sabudana/Tapioca) before so sharing another tasty Vada recipe won't be a shock! These simple and quick gluten-free patties are deliciously spiced with just the perfect amount of crisp and crunch. It's great as a snack or a side dish. These tasty ones have Black-Eyed Peas giving them their great crunch, while the freshly grown garden greens from the spring onions and cilantro give them a Springtime flavor!

Here is my recipe:

Black-Eyed Pea Fritters - Bobbarlu/Alasanda Vada Emily (Cooking for Kishore)

These simple and tasty gluten-free patties are deliciously spiced with just the perfect amount of crisp and crunch. Black-Eyed Peas give them their great crunch, while the freshly grown garden greens from the spring onions and cilantro give them a Springtime flavor!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Black-Eyed Peas, dried
  • 1 small bunch Green Spring Onions, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Ajwain Seeds
  • 2 Curry Leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Green Chili, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Garlic Ginger Paste
  • 1/4 cup Rice Flour
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Vegetable Oil

Instructions

  1. Soak the Black-eyed Peas in 3 cups water overnight or for at least 4hrs. Then drain off the water completely and run the soaked dal through a food processor till it resembles a coarse batter.
  2. Add the green chili, curry leaves, spring onion, garlic ginger paste, ajwain, cumin, salt, and cilantro to the batter and mix throughly. If the batter is still loose, slowly add the rice flour.
  3. Heat oil to medium high heat. Form round patties about a 1/2" thick and fry in the oil till gold brown and crisp on each side.
Yield: 10-15 Servings
Prep Time: 4-8 hrs. 

Cook time: 10 mins. 
Total time: 8 hrs. 20 mins. 
Tags: Black-Eyed Pea Fritters, Bobbarlu Vada, Alasanda Vada, Gluten free, South Indian Snacks, South Indian Snack Recipes, how to make vadasnacks from around the world, holi dish, ugadi, ugadi dishes, vada, vadai, vegan, Vegetarian 

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