Omapudi Neetu Vathal
Omapudi Neetu Vathal or Omapudi Vadam is a South Indian Sabudana wafer which accompanies Sambar rice or is simply relished as an evening snack.
Though this Javvarisi wafer has nothing to do with thyme or Omam, it is squeezed through the thin holed press used to make Omapodi. With ample green chillies and lemon in it, the wafer has its own unique taste. It has a shelf life of six months.
When you cannot make a vegetable side dish, or when you want something really mild, for a spicy sambar or rasam with rice, Vathal serves as the perfect answer. Vadam or vathal has been a boon for many working women and bachelors, all combating with time, to make it big in their careers.
Vadams, Vathals and Papads are traced back to 1000 AD, in kingdom of Magadha. The then recipe, includes barley, sesame, turmeric, asafetida which are very much far from the current day humble ingredients as simple as rice, sago, chillies and lemon. It was rolled as a ball and sun dried till it loses moisture and was fried till it swelled.
Chettiars, the merchant community of South India, carried vathals with them on their journey to other countries. In South Indian homes, Vathals and Vadams are made annually in summer to last a year.
Buy Omapudi Neetu Vathal online at Opportunity Infinity, a store which has almost twenty years experience in making South Indian food products like sweets, snacks, seer bakshanam, podi, food paste, pickles, vadams and ready to eat mix.
Opportunity Infinity offers Omapudi Neetu Vathal in 250 grams, 500 grams and one kilogram quantities in price range between rupees 120 and 480.