Medu Vada, South Indian Snack

Medu Vada,  South Indian Snack

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Most South Indians consider breakfast incomplete without Medu Vada. Whether they have idli , dosa , pongal or upma , they like to add a crispy, tasty and protein-rich urad dal vada to the platter.

In fact, when you have breakfast in a South Indian restaurant, even in the remote villages, you will be fascinated to see the waiter reel out the list of breakfast combos, almost all of them featuring vada! Serving them fresh with sambhar and coconut chutney however is doubly delightful.

Medu Vada, South Indian Snack recipe - How to make Medu Vada, South Indian Snack

Soaking time:  2 hours   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     10Makes 10 medu vadas
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  1. Clean, wash and soak the urad dal in enough water for atleast 2 hours.
  2. Drain, add the green chillies, peppercorns, curry leaves and ginger and ¼ cup of water and blend in a mixer to a smooth batter.
  3. Transfer the batter into a deep bowl, add the salt and mix well.
  4. Wet your hand and take a portion of the mixture in your hand.
  5. Make a hole in the centre with your thumb.
  6. Heat oil in a deep non-stick kadhai and slide and drop the vada in hot oil. Deep-fry till it turns golden brown in colour from both the sides. You can deep-fry 2 to 3 vadas at a time.
  7. Repeat with the remaining batter to make more medu vadas. Drain on an absorbent paper.
  8. Serve immediately with coconut chutney and sambhar.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per medu vada
Energy73 cal
Protein5 g
Carbohydrates12.5 g
Fiber2.5 g
Fat0.3 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium8.4 mg


Medu Vada, South Indian Snack
 on 04 Nov 18 11:44 PM

Hii mam.. i tried this recipe ..but my vadas were not very soft.pls tell reason why
Tarla Dalal
07 Nov 18 01:58 PM
   Hi Tanvi, The vada must have not been soft because of one of the following reasons. 1. The dal is from old stock. It was not soaked enough. 2. The dal was not ground till smooth. Ensure no grain of dal is remaining in the batter. 3. While frying, the vada must have been very thin or it was over-fried.
Medu Vada, South Indian Snack
 on 02 Dec 17 12:34 PM

Medu Vada ( Snack)
 on 20 Jun 16 05:16 PM

Medu Vada ( Snack)
 on 08 Jun 15 04:54 PM

Medu vada... the best south indian snack. So crispy outer covering and soft from inside. The chillies, curry leaves, peppercorns gives a nice aroma and flavour to the vadas.. Serve it hot.. with dipped in sambhar. This is a must try recipe.