September 26, 2014

[VeganMoFo 2014 Recipe] Minapa Vadiyalu Pulusu | Black Gram Wadi Curry + Four Giveaways To Win: Rude Food; Gluten-Free, Sugar-free Cookbook; BongMom's Cookbook and Quick-fix Indian Book

Like many of you out there I am a HUGE lover (read as hoarder) of cookbooks and books based on food writing. I don't need any reason in particular to buy one. Sometimes it's the theme of the cookbook; sometimes the author; sometimes the reviews are so great that I can't stop myself from ordering a copy; sometimes it is as silly as the book cover. Whatever may be the reason, now I have a selection of books that I seldom use and book giveaways to few lucky readers was something I wanted to do since a long time. I handpicked 12 such books (4 of which are featured today) that I simply loved for each day of this week. Winners will be randomly picked and there are few more simple ways to increase your chances. Scroll down to the end of the post for more details on how to participate. Don't forget to check out (if you haven't already) on Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 posts as well. All it takes is to leave a comment and we never know, you might be THE winner. Enter and try your luck! Click here to access all book giveaways on a SINGLE page.

Also, since it's VeganMoFo, a vegan friendly recipe is a must. Today, I made amma's favorite dish - a tangy curry with fried black gram (urad dal) wadis. On days when your tastebuds are craving for a different yet simple curry, try this. There is something really magical when fried wadis are dunked in onion-tomato-tamarind flavored stew. The wadis absorb all the juices and the result is truly wonderful. Rice is the best accompaniment and if are a non-vegan, don't forget to add a tsp of melted ghee on top. 


Dried Urad Dal Vadiyams (Wadis), easily available in any Indian stores

Minapa Vadiyalu Pulusu | Black Gram Wadi Curry

Recipe: Amma
Serves 2-3


1/2 cup dried black gram (or moong dal) wadis/vadiyams
1 tsp urad dal
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 green chillis, slit lenghtwise
a big pinch of hing (asafoetida)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 tomato, finely chopped
3 tbsp of tamarind pulp (mix in some water if it is too thick)
salt - to taste
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
oil - for frying


Step 1: Heat oil and fry the black gram wadi to golden brown. Drain excess oil on paper towel and Set aside.

Step 2: Leave about tbsp of oil in the same kadai and remove the rest. Add urad dal, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, hing and green chillies. Once mustard start to crackle, add onion and ginger garlic paste. Saute for 4 to 5 minutes, until translucent.

Step 3: Add chopped tomato and cook until the entire mixture turns mushy. Season with salt, turmeric and red chilli powder. Stir in the tamarind pulp and mix everything together.

Step 4: Finally add the fried vadiyams and mix again. On low heat, cook for 2 to 3 minutes and turn off the heat. If you have time, cover and let the curry sit for 10 to 15 minutes for the flavors to blend together. Serve with rice.

How can you win these Day 4 and Day 5 Book Give-aways (Worldwide Shipping)

1. Leave a comment on this post. As simple as that.

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4. Tweet about this giveaway. Feel free to use this text - 
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Last date for participation is September 29th 2014  midnight IST and Four randomly chosen winners will be announced on September 30th 2014.

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  1. We make this wadi gujju style! Good to know such a doable variation, thanks.

  2. And I follow your blog on facebook

  3. ... And subscribe via Feedly too! Entering today's giveaway with fond hopes of landing BongMom's book

  4. We make this Punjabi style only our wadia are darker and spicier and earthier...the dish looks yummy ...

  5. Yummy curry.. Should give it a try. I

  6. I love vadiyalu Siri a Telugu friend of mine fries it up whenever we visit. I ll pinch some from her and try this pulusu. Slurp....

  7. Lovely curry. And your book giveaway is so generous.

  8. Already following Cooking With Siri on Facebook. My user name is Soma Basak

  9. Already following you on Twitter. My twitter handle is @ZestandLeisure

  10. Twitter follower will tweet@rhondareads

  11. Hope to win the bong mom's cookbook. Looks interesting :)

  12. Your blog brings in the element of variety in my dinner table!

  13. Already subscribed to feed since a long time .. Just now followed in facebook and Twitter

  14. I am here again, Siri, hoping to win at least one of the books.

  15. curry looks yum with beautiful pics ...following you now in twitter too and subscribe it, been you fb fan for long :)

  16. Here I am again! :-) I would love to win those books ! :-)

  17. Minapa vadiyalu pulusu looks yummy.

    I see a book by Vir Sanghvi .. I'm an ardent fan of him.. hope I win this book.
    Following you already .. tweeted about the event.

  18. Wow.. more books to win.. Its raining books on your blog..
    I am wishing myself good luck :)

  19. wish to win. Followed all procedure

  20. Looking forward to winning one of your books.. you are being followed except on twitter!! good luck in your new endeavor! Pick me please.. LOL!!

  21. I am eyeing on your books from day 1 but could not comment-lack of time
    But I didn't want to miss it....
    I already like your blog in fb ☺

  22. Siri, what is an acceptable substitute for the wadis you have used? Id love to try this.
    And ❤️the giveaway! Spreading the word!

    1. Hey Mansi, I would say anything that is fried and can hold its shape once added to the gravy would taste good. Hope this helps.

  23. My mom makes it too.. I dont stock these minapa vadiyalu or i would have made this curry tomorrow.
    As usual putting my hand up for the cookbooks.

  24. New to your blog and I'm in love with it. Fingers Crossed! I'm participating in the give away. :) I'm following you everywhere!!

  25. Siri we do add these to kootu sometimes. They also make a good snack time munchy.

  26. Special liked on receive your updates.

  27. would love to win the day 5 give away especially!!! have done it all and tweeted about it as well... :)

  28. commented on all 6 posts of yours. Hopefully will receive atleastone book :D

  29. Already following Cooking With Siri on Facebook.

  30. I don't know dried black gram. I've never see it in France but looks good.
    Wish to win the book "quick fix indian" (or another).

  31. Rude food and Quick Fix Indian forever!

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