Medu Vada – Traditional South Indian dish

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Medu Vadas are a traditional South Indian dish which is crispy delectable and are made with spiced urad dal batter and fried in donut shape dumplings, it can be served as a main course, side dish, or snack accompanied with coconut chutney and sambar - Says Chef Reetu Uday Kugaji.
Prep Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Recipe Taste Crunchy, Salty
Servings 4


  • 1 cup Urad dal Husked and Split Black Gram
  • 1/2 tbsp Green Chili roughly chopped
  • 4 Black peppercorns crushed- 04 nos.
  • 8 Curry leaves
  • 3/4 tsp Ginger finely chopped
  • 1-2 tsp Salt or as per taste
  • Refined oil as required for deep frying.


  • Clean , wash and soak the dal/lentils for 03 hours in enough water.
  • Drain it and add the chopped green chilles, crushed peppercorn, curry leaves and ginger.
  • In a blender, make a smooth and thick batter by adding little water. Add salt and mix.
  • Divide into 12 equal portions and keep aside.
  • Dampen your palms with water, take a portion of mixture and make a hole in the center with the help of your thumb.
  • Deep fry in hot oil in a heavy bottomed kadai, ensuring that both the sides of vada are evenly cooked, crisp and golden brown.
  • Drain on an absorbent paper to remove excess of oil.
  • Serve hot with coconut chutney and Sambhar. Check the recipes of Coconut chutney and sambhar in the notes section. The above quantity will make 12 medu vadas


Chef Tips: You may add finely chopped fresh coconut pieces and roasted crushed cumin to the batter.
About the Author: This recipe has been shared by Chef Reetu Uday Kugaji who believes that food that she cooks should touch heart and soul of the person and she dedicates all her success to her Angel Mother. 
Works as Speciality Chef with Percept KnoriginCinecurryChefsutra and as a Food Author with PioneerchefPinksworthTanyamunshiMangobunchPlattershareWomenplanet
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Recipe Nutrition

Calories: 154 kcal | Carbohydrates: 25 g | Protein: 12 g | Fat: 0.4 g | Saturated Fat: 0.003 g | Sodium: 591 mg | Potassium: 3 mg | Fiber: 10 g | Sugar: 0.1 g | Vitamin A: 79 IU | Vitamin C: 42 mg | Calcium: 39 mg | Iron: 4 mg

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