Medu vadas are lentil fritters that have a crispy outside and soft inside. This is a savoury snack item. With each bite gives a crispy outside coating and the soft center. They are served in a breakfast with other tiffin items like Idli, Dosa or pongal. They are also served as a tea time snack. Checkout other Vada Recipes here.
Medu Vada / Urad Dal Vada / Ulundhu Vada
- 1 Cup Urad Dal
- 1 Teaspoon Pepper Crushed or Whole
- Salt to Taste
- 2 Spring Curry Leaves
- 1 Onion Chopped
- Oil for deep frying
- Water as required
- 1 tablespoon Ginger Grated
- ¼ teaspoon Asafoetida powder
- Wash and clean the Urad Dal.
- Soad urad dal for 2 - 4 hours.
- Drain the water completely and add them to a wet grinder and blend them to a smooth paste. Sprinkle water only if needed.
- Transfer the batter from the wet grinder to a bowl. Beat the batter with your palm. This process froms more fluffy vada.
- Add in crushed pepper, Chopped onion, Curry leaves, asafoetida powder and salt to taste.
- Heat oil in a frying pan for deep frying the vadas.
- When the oil is hot enough turn the heat to medium low. Wet your hands. Take lemon sized balls in your hands. Make them to donut shape. Make a hole in the center with your thumb.
- Drop the vadas carefully into the oil. Fry them until the vadas are turn golden brown.
- Take them from the oil and leave in the absorbent paper for the excess oil to be absorbed.
- Yumm vada are now ready to serve. Serve the vadas with coconut chutney.
Medu Vada / Urad Dal Vada / Ulundhu Vada are generally served with idlis/dosa, chutney and sambar in breakfast. Sometimes Medu vada itself is served as a tiffin item in breakfast with sambar and chutney. They are even served as a snack along with tea.
Step by Step Photos
Yumm Vadas are now ready to serve.
- Using a wet Grinder for making vada batter is the better choice. Using blender sometimes does not give the soft vada.
- If you do not have a wet grinder then you can use the blender but sprinkle cold water when needed. (this is because the blender heats up the batter and we many not get fluffy vadas)
- To check if the batter consistency is correct add a spoon of batter into the bowl of water. It must hold the shape intact and must float. It must not sink.
- While grinding the urad dal add water only if required. If adding more water then the vadas wont hold shape.
- If adding more Rice Flour the vada would get hard.
- Before taking each vada dip your hands in water and wet them so that it is easy to handle the batter.
- Beat the batter well so that the vadas come out soft and fluffy.
- Using cold water while grinding the batter is another tip for getting proper vadas.
- The number of the vada depends on the size of the vada.