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Learn how to prepare crispy Uzhunnu Vada|Medu Vada a popular South Indian snack made using urad dal/black gram dal.

uzhunnu vada with chutney


  1. Urud dal/Uzhunnu- 1cup
  2. Ginger chopped-1″ piece
  3. Green chilies chopped-2 to 3 nos
  4. Shallots/chumanulli chopped-6 to 8 nos
  5. Black pepper corns-8 to 10 nos
  6. Curry leaves chopped – 1 sprig
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Oil -to deep fry
  9. Water
medu vada with coconut chutney


  • Wash and soak urud dal for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Drain this and grind it to a smooth paste adding a few tablespoons of water if required.
  • Add ginger,green chilies,shallots,pepper corns,curry leaves and salt to taste to the ground paste and mix well using a spatula.
  • Keep aside for 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a wok.Just add a pinch of the dough into hot oil,if this rises to the top immediately then the oil is hot enough to prepare the vadas.
  • Wet your palm with cold water and take a small portion of the dough and roll it into a ball.Slightly flatten it and make a hole in the center using your finger.Slip this into hot oil(over medium flame).cook until it turns golden brown.
  • Serve with coconut chutney
  • If you are not able to shape the vadas add a few tsp of rice flour to the batter to bring it to the right consistency.
  • To make uzhunnu vada crispy on the outside add 1 or 2 tsp of roasted rava to the batter.
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    September 23, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    vada looks prefect..

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    September 23, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Amazingly superb presentation of uzhunnu vada..adipoli aayittund..
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    Suja Manoj
    September 23, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Perfect and yummy vada,my favorite,your clicks makes me drool..

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    Sobha Shyam
    September 23, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    my fav vadas, i can keep on eating them, beautiful clicks and presentation dear..

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    Reshmi Mahesh
    September 23, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Perfectly made and tempting vadas….Nice presentation too..

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    Indian Khana
    September 24, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Looks perfect and adorable clicks

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    September 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Crispy and crunchy vadas…

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    September 24, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Vadas looks so yummy… perfect partner for tea..:)
    It has turned out to be a scrumptious snack..:)

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    Nisa Homey
    September 24, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    OMG! vadas looks so perfect and tempting….I wish i had them for tea today 🙁

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    September 24, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    You too!! You know I made this yesterday morning for breakfast. Well have to say yours look very perfect!!! Wonderfull clicks dear 🙂

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    September 24, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Crispy outside and soft inside!! Reminds me of those that my mom-in-law makes. Just love them 🙂

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    September 24, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    perfectly made vadas…tempting me to make it soon

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    September 26, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Perfectly made!!!
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    September 26, 2011 at 6:02 am

    Crispy and perfect vadas

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    September 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    They look perfect. Love the presentation

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    September 26, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Beautiful…….vadas look perfectly crispy.

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    MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!.
    September 26, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Hi,feel good to join Kurryleaves .Yummy and crisp Uzhunthu Vadas luk perfectly mouth-watering.Luv ur ewcipes.

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    September 27, 2011 at 5:29 am

    Beautiful presentation ad perfect,crispy vadas..Loving it

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    September 27, 2011 at 8:03 am

    perfectly shaped, and look beautiful!

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    September 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Perfectly shaped vadas. Luv them


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    September 28, 2011 at 2:54 am

    Perfect vadas! Lovely clicks and presentation too!

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    September 30, 2011 at 8:59 am

    nice blog….
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    jaya's recipes
    October 3, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    superb vadai and superb clicks!

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    December 3, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Beautiful composition in the first picture Vidya..
    Love vada, don't make it at all though..

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    October 27, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Hi. I tried this recipe yesterday and it turned out great. Cripsy outside and soft inside. I was surprised at how simple it was. Getting the dough to slip out of your hand was the tricky part. Getting that right I think will require some more practice. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

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