For the lingering taste of the Masal vada....Certain dishes simply keep us hooked, for the sheer taste and aroma. One such item, essentially an evening snack, but increasingly becoming an "anytime snack" in most of South India, is this lovely thing called "masal vada".
It tastes a little different in Tamil Nadu and in Andhra Pradesh, though the Kerala taste, where it is possibly made in coconut oil, is similar to what we get in Tamil Nadu. It vanishes from the shelves in seconds and is a superb evening snack.
People do say that if we consume more of it, we will land up in gastric troubles and such other ailments. Still, I have seen thousands feasting on it, everyday.
The careful mix of the dall, and the quality of oil used, is very important, am told. The mixture is a very delicate thing, and only trained hands can do it. In very few places, there is a variant called "thavala vada", which is as prestigious and even more tasty.
But the masal vada remains what it is .....