It is summer for my mom, the scorching sun in the sky means just one thing for my mom, “vattals and vadam” season. Vadams and vattal sundried( the grain and vegetable bits,) are absolutely a summer thing. Meticulously done every year by my mother is a little batch of each type. Vadams are the grain-based sundries and the vattals are the sundried vegetables for seasonal storage.
The ground rice cooked in batches with spices and salt and sometimes seasonal veggies are then pressed out into different shapes and dried in the sun. The larger flat spread out versions called “vadam” are a laborious task. In a full swing sun, it’s easier to put up some quick karuvadam. The shapes of these are determined by the mould you use. Sometimes even pinched out pieces of the cooked batter called “killu karuvadam” are put out to dry.
The half sunbaked ones were my favourite when I was young. I used to make all sorts of excuses to get closer to the batch she has put out to dry. Quickly grab a handful of those semi-sticky ones to stuff them into my mouth and run to hide and chew…
last year I made a small batch and interestingly I saw my kid do the same thing, leaving me in peels of laughter. Some things are so genetic….
Back to the vadam
Once completely dry they are stored in an airtight bin. Yes, my mom still has those huge steel ones which absolutely need two people to open up. As the rainy and cooler months approach, the sundries are deep fried snacks or show up as crunch factors on a rice thali.
Have to say these rice crunchies are really addictive. They work better than store-bought chips.
This is a post for my mothers meticulous summer work. I have to wait for a while till my topsy-turvy weather gets better with all the seasons turned upside down now with our moves.
Here is a vattal recipe to make save up this summer
Here is a serving suggestion for the vattal and vadam when you may be low on the vegetables at hand
or have it with Samai Koozhu
or Paal kanji
Save up the recipe for your summer months and if you have summer right now start right away.