Tempting Cabbage Garilu (Vadas)

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My mother makes a unique snack, ‘cabbage garilu’. In Telugu language, ‘vadas’ are called ‘garilu’. Each time she visits me, she makes a wonderful dish and brings it over, as she knows, I love to taste varied vegetarian dishes, especially snacks. Moms are indeed adorable! The softness of urad dal combined with cabbage and onions, renders a unique taste to this dish. These cabbage ‘vadas’ are very tasty and one cannot stop at having just a vada or two... These vadas are easy to make.
Prep Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Served AsSnacks
Servings 5


  • 1 cup urad dal split black gram
  • 1 onion medium sized
  • 1 cup cabbage chopped
  • 2 chillies chopped
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • Salt
  • 1 sprig curry leaves


  • Soak urad dal in water for minimum 3 hours. If it is soaked for more time, it would be better. Drain the urad dal completely and grind to a paste. Do not add water. It should form a thick paste. The paste should not be runny.
  • Add to this chopped onion, cabbage, chillies, curry leaves, chilli powder and salt. Mix well. Heat oil in a pan/kadhai. Grease you palm with oil/water. Shape the above batter, in circular form of vadas with your palms and fry in oil.
  • Savor these vadas either plain or with your favorite chutney or tomato sauce. I had these with (sesame seeds) chutney.


Do not over fry the vadas. Just before the vadas start turning dark brown, remove from the oil and drain on absorbent paper.

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