Savory Medu Vadai


Medu vadai or commonly called urad dal vada or ulundu vada is a dish from South India but liked by most people across many countries. It is a dish which adds charm to your menu for hosting a party or a dinner or a lunch or any time of the day, so I like to call it a forever meal. Its mouth watering taste and smooth texture has made these deep fried fritter’s a hit with people who have a liking for savoury dishes.

These are made with urad dal (white lentils) batter mixed with onions, ginger, chilies. Curry leaves & spices too are mixed with the batter to make it extra tempting for food lover’s. Try out & enjoy!

Step-by-Step Easy & Quick Recipe –

Prep Time           Cook Time                 Total Time                   Yields

25 mins                    30 mins                     55 mins                     1-2 Serving


  1. Urad dal dhuli (Black gram without skin) -1 cup
  2. Ginger finely grated -1 teaspoon
  3. Green chilies -2 cut into slices
  4. Curry leaves -2 twigs
  5. Onions -2 finely chopped in cubes
  6. Salt -1 teaspoon (as per taste)
  7. Water – ¼ cup for grinding black gram (urad dal)
  8. Oil for frying


  1. Wash and soak urad dal (black gram ) for four hours.
  2. Grind urad dal coarsely with ¼ cup of water in a blender or in grinding stone. Use as little water as you can for grinding. The consistency of ground dal should be very thick so that vadas are properly shaped.
  3. Now add onions, green chilies, curry leaves broken with hand and ginger into ground dal. Salt should be added towards the end just before preparing vadas.
  4. Wet your fingers of both hands with water kept handy for the purpose. Now lift little batter mix in left hands fingers and flatten it a little with right hand fingers. Make a hole in the center of the vada with the forefinger of right hand.
  5. Slide vadas one by one into preheated oil. Oil should be sufficiently hot. When vadas start changing the color from both the sides then reduce the heat and fry from both the sides till they are golden and perfectly fried.
  6. Take them out on an absorbent paper in the plate.

Note: Best served with coconut chutney and tomato chutney. Pamper your taste buds to this authentic south Indian savory dish, which is a Forever meal, can be eaten any time of the day. Bon Apatite!!

Happy Cooking!!

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