Medu Vada

Dish name: Medu Vada

This south indian hot crispy fried snack is a favorite of many.South Indian Uddin vada or sambar Vada as popularly known with slight variation when served with sweet curd becomes Dahi Vada or Curd wada which is again a popular north indian snack.The urad dal vadas which are spongy not so spicy are easy to make and tasty as well.Enjoy at tea time or accompanied with idlis in morning breakfast along with sambar and chutney.

What we need:

To be soaked for at least 4 to 5 hours

  • Urad dal(split)-1/2 glass
  • Raw rice-2 tbsp
  • Methi seeds-1/2 tsp

Other ingredients

  • Grated or finely chopped fresh coconut-2 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves-2 tbsp,chopped
  • Green chilli-1
  • Black pepper corn-6 to 7
  • Ginger piece-small
  • Onion-1 tbsp,finely chopped(optional)
  • Cumin-1 tsp
  • Curry leaves-5,chopped
  • Soda bicarb- a pinch
  • Salt
  • Oil for deep frying

For chutney

  • Grated coconut-1/2 cup
  • Green chilli-1
  • Lemon juice-1 tsp
  • Garlic clove-2
  • Coriander leaves-1/4 cup
  • Salt

How we make:

  • Grind the soaked ingredients along with ginger,chilli,pepper without water to form a paste

  • If batter is grainy, just add a tsp water and grind to form a thick smooth paste
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the paste
  • On high flame,Keep oil ready for deep frying
  • Meanwhile prepare the chutney
  • Mix the batter well,it should be thick enough so that when you take batter in Palm and shape it like a Vada the batter shouldn’t slip away from your Palm
  • Simmer the flame,prepare the vadas and drop one by one into the oil
  • Fry 5 to 6 at a time till golden brown and crispy

    • It will take 7 to 8 mins for each batch of frying vadas
    • When ready drain the excess oil on kitchen towel and serve hot with chutney and sambar.

    • Total time spent: 4 hours(soaking)+ cooking(40 mins)
    • You can grind the dal plain and add grated chilli and ginger into the batter along with rest of the ingredients..Also you can add rice flour instead of soaking and grinding raw rice.Kids dont prefer eating chilli and ginger pieces while they enjoy their favorite snack,so it’s better to grind it with dal itself.At any time after grinding the batter you feel batter is thin and unable to hold the Vada shape,add a tsp or more of sooji rava(semolina) or cornflour.This will make batter thick.
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