Sunday, 6 September 2015

Buff Vada - #vratkakhana #faralifood #upwaskakhana #Kem cho

Buff vada{Mashed potato balls filled with dry spiced mixture and fried}  ask me to choose my favourite farali food and obviously first, I'll pick Buff vada, only this time my mind and heart would agree together.  It is the best farali food ever, leaves me satisfied. It is delicious, full of flavour and it tantalizes your taste buds.

Buff vada are favourite in the state of Gujarat, especially during festival seasons or any religious functions. This delicate vadas are made of mashed potato and various flours, but the highlight is it's stuffing or filling, made of various nuts, dry fruits, coconut and herbs, also little sugar and lemon juice enhances the flavour of the stuffing.

Whenever I prepare Buff Vada, I am transported  to the India where I spent my childhood. First ever time I tasted Buff Vada at my friends house almost 26-27 years ago on Janmashtami evening. We girls during the day help in the house and kitchen and in the evening we friends get nicely dressed and get together in the society and wait for our mum's to join us so we all can go out together to the funfair and later we would visit to the temple for Lord Krishna's birth ( at midnight ). It was so much fun we used to have and now all I have memories !!

After I tasted Buff Vada at my friend's house, I totally forgot about it as my MUM never made them and after couple of years I flew to the UK and settled here and I never saw Buff Vada again, but in Gujarat Buff Vada gained a huge popularity. When I visited India few years back, we had Bhajans ( Prayers ) at my parents home, surprise came to me that my MUM ordered Buff Vada for guests, friends and families with various other types of delicacies and I came to know that Buff Vada was favourite of hers that time.

So after I came back from India, I started preparing this vadas for my family and both kids would wolf down in just few minutes. I absolutely love to eat them, however I only make them once in a year it could be either Maha Shivratri or Janmashtami, so this year I did prepare them yesterday for our f(e)asting and immensely enjoyed it with Imli Chutney and Dahi Chutney. ( recipe below )
If you are craving for something like this, but thinking Janmashtami already gone please don't get dishearten , EKADASHI is on it's way on Tuesday ( you must keep fast on ekadashi, if you kept fast on Janmashtami )

You can make this vada with bread crumbs or corn flour instead of using arrowroot, keep in mind that you can NOT eat them during fast.

If you can't find mixed farali flour, you can use any of these flour. Samo ( Moriya flour ) Rajgiro ( Amaranth flour) or sago flour. 

If you are making for a normal snack you can mix bread crumbs and corn flour in to potato mixture and omit farali flour totally.

Do not fry many vadas in one batch, only 3-4 at a time. 

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Buff Vada

Buff Vada, a delicacy from Gujarat state of India mostly eaten during fasting period. Deep fried Spicy and tasty potato balls stuffed with delicious and luxurious stuffing. See them vanishe in no time !
  • 500g Potatoes - boiled - peeled and mashed
  • 200g Mixed Farali flour
  • 4-5 tbsp Arrowroot - Tapioca starch
  • 2 tbsp. Green Chilli - Ginger paste
  • to taste Salt
  • Oil for deep fry
  • 4 tbsp Roasted peanuts
  • 3 tbsp Roasted sesame seeds
  • 4 tbsp Coconut powder
  • 4 tbsp Cashew nuts
  • 2 tbsp Raisins or sultanas
  • 2 tbsp Fresh coriander
  • 2 tbsp Crushed chilli ginger
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • to taste Salt
In a grinder jar place all the ingredients of Stuffing and grind till you get coarse powder and mix it till well combined. 
Roll one teaspoon of the spice mixture into a marble size balls. ,Leave it aside .Take mashed potato, add all the flour, salt and chilli ginger paste, except Arrowroot.
Mix to combine then roll about 2 tbsp of potato mixture into a ball, repeat with the remaining potato mixture and leave it aside.
Take out arrowroot powder in clean plate, dust your palm with it and flatten a potato ball in the palm of your hand and place a spice stuffing ball in the centre. 
Fold and Seal the potato cover around the spice ball and roll to enclose very gently and roll them in the arrowroot powder. 
Repeat with the remaining balls.Heat the oil for deep fry the vada, gently place the prepared balls into hot oil and fry them till golden brown. 
Serve hot with chutney. I served mine with Dahi Chutney and Imli Chutney.
Enjoy and Happy F(e)asting :)

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 10-12 pieces

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Dahi Chutney
  • 1/2 cup Beaten Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Green chutney - Coriander and Mint chutney 
  • 2-3 tbsp Buff vada Stuffing ( recipe above )
Mix everything in a bowl and it's ready to serve.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield:

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  1. OMG perfect awesome my favorite too

  2. Do you know which flours and proportions make up mixed farali flour?

    1. Hi Mysteeqi
      Thank you for visiting JCO, I have no idea about proportions to make farali flour, as I always buy readymade Farali flour. There are about three to four mixed flours like amaranth, chestnut, moriya and sabudana flour.
      Hope this helps.


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