Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day and Bell Pepper with Wadis

Happy Mother's Day

Present by DD2 (made in her painting class)

Bell Pepper with Wadis
Saw them on Mahanandi , read Anita's description of them and their birthplace and again watched Manisha's pictures. Well could not resist any longer. Went to the grocery store and asked for Wadis the shopkeeper thought seriously for sometime('what is this women asking for and in which language' is probably what went through her mind). I am not a Hindi speaker (blame it on the politicians in my home state, they thought we would be disadvantaged if we learnt Hindi as the 3rd language besides learning the 2 required ones) but thankfully she did figure it out. She gave me a box of 'Spicy Masala Bari' no wonder I did not find them when I searched for them high and low. It looked like choclate chip cookies for sure and DD2 wanted to taste it, try as I might she would not part with it, without a taste. Taste she did and then gave it back to me. It was SPICY.

I did not feel like potatoes and did not have egg plants, Bell Peppers is all I had and wanted to cook the Wadis. The smell when they were being cooked was something to savor and the taste was fantastic too. Thanks for the intro to a truly tasty find.

Recipe's original idea from Mahanandi and Mad Tea Party

Bell Pepper with Wadis

1. 3 Bell Peppers seeds removed and cubed
2. 1/2 red onion rougly chopped
3. 5 garlic cloves minced
4. 1/2" ginger grated
5. 3 tomatoes roughly chopped
6. 4 Wadis broken
7. 1 tsp cumin powder
8. 1/2 tbsp Corriander powder
9. 1/2 tsp sambhar powder
(did not add too much chilli powder then the kids won't touch it, the wadis were spicy by themselves)
10. 1 tsp tumeric powder
11. tamarind pulp about 1/4 cup
11. Salt to taste

1. Heat oil in a pan and fry the Wadis till they turn brown, set aside.
2. Add the onions and fry till translucent.
3. Add the garlic pieces and ginger and saute for a minute
4. Add the tomatoes mix them, cover with a lid and cook till they turn soft.
5. Add the powders and mix well.
6. Now add the bell peppers and saute for a few minutes, add the wadis
7. Add the tamarind juice and salt, cover and cook till the bell pepper is soft.
8. Open the lid and saute for a few minutes till the moisture is gone.

Serve with Chappathis.


  1. There you go! And a damn good fusion version of the Punjabi wadi it is too!

  2. wow. thosr wadis do work their magic. my grocer has them, but they look wimpy.

  3. Awwww! What a lovely pot! It feels good, doesn't it? To get a gift that they made? Hugs to your cutie!

    As for the wadi, I am still staring at it. You put me to shame. You read, you bought, you did! I want it to be extra-special and I have just one so I am holding on to it like it's gold!

    Happy Mother's Day, ISG!

  4. Hi Indo,looks like you are having a wonderful Mom's day!:))
    We just came back after a great outing and not cooking at all today!;D
    Wadis look great ,I thought you are talking about Vadais!:D Looks like a great recipe,thanks for posting it.Enjoy and don't work too hard.Hugs:)

  5. Great recipe....It was colourful a one..YUMMY!

  6. i see more bell peppers in ur menu. i guess u love them as much as i do! anyway, i thot wadis were similar to the soy nuggets. now that u too support, gotto go to my grocery store.:)By the way, my son's pot for mother's day looks almost the same!!!

  7. Anita, thank you, see what happens with a little determintation.

    Bee, yes the number of boxes left over is proof of how popular they are, mine had just 2 left.

    Manisha, it sure does. Manisha did someone give just one piece or one packet? Where did it come from? for it to be so difficult to part with? My My so many questions!

    Asha, you had a great relaxing Mother's Day. you richly deserve it. I had a good time too.

    Sukanya thanks, give it a try.

    Shaheen, like Bell Peppers a lot but I am a recent convert.
    The Wadis are not Soy Nuggets these are urad dal based and no where near the soy ones. I don't much care for the soy ones. The grocery store lady showed me the soy ones too. Would love to see your son's artwork!

  8. Such a cute pot and the wadi combo sounds so good... I've seen so many posts about wadis, It's time to try them... :)

  9. indo, mother's day was filled with unexpected guests and i was on my feet the whole day! lots of fun, but phew!! will show my son's art work tomo.

  10. That's such a nice pot DD made for you. Hugs to her
    You guys are all on a Wadi Roll

  11. Indo,
    Indira, Anita, Manisha and now you! I guess it is time to add my name to the list. My MIL makes south-indian 'Sambhar vadam' from pumpkins that looks just like the wadi. Nice recipe. Thanks

  12. Hi ISG, love the gift from DD :) Hope you had a happy Mother's Day. Bell peppers with wadis looks yummy!

  13. nice one ......yummy it looks ..must be great with chapati ...belated mother's day ...

  14. Great recipe with bell peppers. thanks for sharing.

  15. Thanks for the wishes and belated mothers day wishes to you.

  16. wow...thats so cute ISG. DD2 is really talented:)
    coming to bell pepper with wadis, what a combination. u know what? first time when i saw these wadis i thought they r for deep frying;) he he he...

  17. That's a good innovative dish Indo. looks lovely and tempting..
    Its true Indo,people from other states know hindi too but only in tamilnadu many don't know hindi...

  18. ISg, one wadi and it is big. It came from Amritsar and travelled across the world to me. If I cook it, I won't be able to look at it and hold it or smell it and sneeze till I get another one. :-)

  19. wadi, huh? ISG, I've never heard of store bought wadis till your post.. I was under the impression that it is a verions of vadais (after eating kothimbir wadis in Pune)... I will look for it when I goto a north Indian store.


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