Paush vada -A popular deep fried winter snack of Jaipur made with mix lentils
Paush vada /poshh vada is a very popular snack from the pink city Jaipur. This poush vada is specially made in the winter during the months of December and January.Traditionally these posh vadas are made with Green moong daal, chouli ki daal and lobhiya but if all these three lentils are not available then you can make this with a mix of green moong daal and yellow moong daal.
All the lentils are soaked and then washed to remove the skin and then ground coarsely. Few crushed and powdered spices are also added in these posh vadas .These spices are warm in nature (garam taaseer) to give some warmth in the chilly winter weather. Cloves, peppercorns,whole coriander seeds,fennel seeds and cumin are pounded coarsely and then added in the batter. Lots of chopped greens are also added in it to add nutrition and crispness .You can add spinach or fenugreek or mix both.Ginger and green chilies are also added in good quantity.
These paush vadas are made during the Hindi month Posh so they are named as posh vadas. In Jaipur these posh vadas are offered as bhog in all the Hindu temples and then the prashad is distributed among all the devotes present in the temple . These posh vadas are very popular there and are also easily available in the road side stalls.
These posh vadas are also made on Sankranti , which is popular in Jaipur as the festival of kite flying . In Jaipur people stays on the roofs of there houses from sunrise to sunset . Every one enjoys flying kite, loud music and lots of cooking happen on the roofs of the houses . Whole day was spend with so much fun and enjoyment with family. Lots of snacks –baigan pakoda, Moong daal khichdi, gajak, Til ki chikki, daal bati, Mirch ke tiporey are made and enjoyed by every one in the family. My younger sister lives in Jaipur and she shared this awesome snack recipe .Thank You Seema for the recipe 🙂