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Medu Vada

4 servings
10 Minutes to prepare
10 Minutes to cook


  • 1. White Urad Daal: 1.5 cups
  • 2. Salt: 1 Teaspoon/as per taste
  • 3. Green Chilies: 4 (Chopped)
  • 4. Cooking oil: 2 Cups


1. Soak the daal for at least 2 hours.

2. Drain the water completely.

3. Grind it with just 2-3 tablespoons of water in a Blender or Food Processor.

4. Cover tightly & Let it ferment overnight or 8-10 hours.

5. Add salt & green chilies.

6. Beat the batter vigorously for 2-3 minutes. It should be light & fluffy.

7. Take a tiny blob of the batter & drop it in a small bowl of water to test. If the batter sinks, beat more. If it floats immediately, you are good to go.

8. Heat enough oil in a large wok for deep frying.

9. Keep a medium bowl of water on the side. Wet your hands lightly.

10. Take a lemon size blob of the batter in your right hand.

11. Then transfer it to your left wet palm.

12. Dip your right index finger in the water & make a hole in the middle of the blob.

13. Now wet your right hand & transfer the blob to your right hand.

14. Slide it gently into the hot oil. Repeat.

15. Tip: Fry the Vadas in batches. 5-6 per batch depending upon the size of the wok. Turn them a few times until the vadas are crisp & golden.

16. Enjoy hot dunked in Sambar & Coconut Chutney on the side.

17. Note: 1.During hot summers the batter may rise in just 4 to 5 hours & during winters it may take up to 16 hours or so.

18. Note: 2.The oil should be very hot in the beginning. To check if the oil is ready or not, drop a tiny blob of the batter into the oil. It should float immediately & fluff up. Reduce the heat to medium as soon as one batch is in the wok. For the next batch, the heat should be high again.

19. Note: 3.If you are in a hurry & do not want to wait until the batter ferments, then add 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder to the batter. Whisk vigorously for 5-6 minutes. Then follow the same steps as above. I personally prefer a well fermented batter because it tastes much better.

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