Medu Vada

Indian doughnut-shape fritter,popular food in the south Indian cuisines

Ingredients (For 8 to 10 pieces)

  • Urad dal – 2cup
  • Cumin seed-1tsp
  • Black paper powder-1tsp
  • Coconut pieces-1tbs(finely chopped)
  • Salt-1tsp(to taste)
  • Curry leaves-5-7(finely chopped)
  • Coriander leaves-2 tsp(finely chopped)
  • Green chilli-1tsp(finely chopped)
  • Cooking oil – For deep frying
  • Fennel seed-1tsp


Step 1 – Wash and soak the urad dal for overnight(at least 8 -10 hours)  in lots of water.

Step 2 –In grinder take dal  and add all ingredients( except oil and salt) and grind, make smooth fluffy batter (you can add 1-2 tbs water).

Step 3 – Take batter in bowl and mix for 5-7 minutes then add salt and mix again 1-2 minute, keep this batter in freeze for 30 minutes for perfect fluffy vadas.

Step 4 – Heat oil for frying on medium hot oil,take small lemon size ball in palm and make hole in the center with finger and give doughnut shape.

Step 5 – Slid the vada in hot oil fry in low medium flame  until both side crispy and golden brown.

Step 6 – Take out vada and keep in tissue paper and fry all vadas in similar way. Serve with coconut/cashew nut/green chutney/sambar.


  • Fry  vadas in low medium flame  for crispy outside and softy inside texture.
  • Do not add salt when grinding otherwise batter becomes runny.
  • For perfect shape keep batter in freeze for 30 minutes.

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