Get your Hands on India’s Favorite Donut
It’s no surprise that over time western food has begun branching out. Dinner is no longer about the Sunday roast or the mash and peas – it’s about variety. When going out for dinner there is no shortage of ethnic food choices, from masala and curry, to noodles and sushi. Many Asian drinks and desserts are trending right now, from the famous bubble tea with tapioca balls to the newest trend, the Raindrop Cake.
I’m not quite sure why breakfast seems to be far removed from international influence, but I guess many western people would run away if offered kimchi, soup, or curry for breakfast.
I’m not going to lie. Until I tried Vada, a traditional Indian breakfast, I felt somewhat the same.
It looks like a donut, crisp and deep fried, but don’t bite down expecting a sweet and sugary kick because your taste buds would receive quite a shock. The traditional vadas are made with rice flour, black lentils, green chilies, pepper, and curry leaves, often served with a mouth watering coconut chutney and tangy sambhar, which is a soupy substance made from pumpkin, onion, and more spice than you even thought possible.
In Southern India, Vada is commonly eaten in the morning and served with a cup of coffee or a pot of India’s famous chai tea. Or you might prefer it as a snack to eat on the go or as a side dish accompanying the main meal.