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Sambhar vada: yellow lentil soup with spiced doughnuts

Sambhar (the soup) with vada (the doughnuts) is traditionally eaten for breakfast in the south of India and is a staple of street food stalls throughout the region.

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For the sambhar

For the vada

  • 200g/7oz black gram (urid or urad) lentils, soaked in water for 1 hour
  • 1 tbsp rice, soaked in water for 1 hour
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • pinch bicarbonate of soda
  • 450ml/16fl oz sunflower oil, for deep-frying