in a large kadai heat 2 tbsp oil and saute 1 bay leaf, 1 inch cinnamon, 3 cloves, ½ tsp fennel, pinch hing until it turns aromatic.
further add 1 onion followed by 1 tsp ginger garlic paste, 1 chilli and few curry leaves.
saute well until it changes colour.
keeping the flame on low add ¼ tsp turmeric, ½ tsp chilli powder, ½ tsp coriander powder and ½ tsp salt.
saute on low flame until spices turn aromatic.
further add 1 tomato and saute until the tomatoes turn soft and mushy.
add 1 cup water and ½ cup coconut milk.
add in pieces of chana dal vada and mix well.
cover and boil for 5 minutes.
add 2 tbsp coriander and mix well.
finally, enjoy vada curry recipe with idli and dosa.