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Nov 19, 2011

Ulli Vada / Fried Onion Dumplings / Onion Vada / Onion Fritters

I have been longing to make this vada..This is my favorite from my childhood. This vada reminds me my childhood memories from the deep of my heart.

In our place there is a small tea shop, but it is a quite famous one. Around 4’O clock in the evening peoples (mostly mens) gather infront of this shop and enjoy their cup of tea along with this deep fried delicacy. The supplier wrap this in a old newspaper right from the oil..That newspaper will absorb all the excess oil when they are ready to eat. It is hot, crispy and delicious. The interior of this vada is soft and fluffy..Can you imagine the fried onions and chilles aroma just wafting from this..

I have no experience of eating this infront of that shop..But my uncle will buy this for us quite often, whenever he visits our house..Oneday I was thinking about this and thought why not share the recipe with you..So here you go to the step by step recipe with pictures..

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time : 2 to 3 mins per batch
Serves : 4 to 5


Onion – ½ kg sliced thinly
Coriander Leaves / Cilantro-1/2 cup chopped
Green Chilli-4 chopped
Ginger Garlic Paste -1 tblspn
Gram Flour / Besan / Kadalai Mavu-1 cup
Rice Flour / Arisi Mavu – ½ cup
Curry leaves – 2 spring
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Peru Jeerakam -1 tblspn
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi-1 tsp
Chilli Powder-2 tsp or to taste
Baking Soda -1 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying + 1 tblspn for adding in batter


In a mixing bowl add sliced onions, green chilli, curry leaves, cilantro, salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder, baking soda, fennel seeds and mix well by your hands..

You should mix this really well so that the water from the onions start to come out. After mixing this leave it aside for 5 mins.

Add gram flour & rice flour a spoonful at a time and mix well..This vada don’t need any  additional water, the moisture in this onions is enough for making the batter.If you need just sprinkle few drops of batter in this..

Now heat a tablespoon of oil and pour it in the batter and mix well.This batter should be a  think one, so that you can form dumplings out of it.

Heat oil for deep frying..Make small balls out of this mixture and drop in hot oil.Fry this till golden on a medium flame..This will take around 5-10 mins..

Now drain this in a paper towel.

Serve hot with chutney or as it is.

Take all your ingrediants
prepare your veggies
take it in a mixing bowl
add all spices in this
mix well with ur hands
add in flours
mix well
heat oil and pour it in
again mix well
make small dumplings
and deep fry this in oil
Fry till golden, and dr


  1. வெங்காய வடை நல்லா இருக்கு...

  2. Perfect teatime snack.. looks absolutely delicious.. nice presentation too.. thanks for sharing :)
    Indian Cuisine

  3. aah, i simply love onion fritters..though i make it in bengali style ....so will try out ur style also...

    your pictorial tutorial is very very helpful!!!!


  4. veramente un piatto squisito!baci!

  5. yummy tea time snack..delicious

  6. These vadas look superb. So yummy! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Delicious!! In Greece "Κρεμμυδοκεφτέδες"

  8. Un plato sabroso,luce perfecto,abrazos grandes.

  9. I love Ulli vada...my hus loves it even more....this looks really crispy n yumm!!


  10. looks delicious... perfect tea time snack...

  11. A wonderful snack..very nicely presented

  12. Fritters look simply delicious and crispy.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  13. This looks great! It is one of my favorites but Ive so far never learnt how to make them right!

  14. WOW. my favourite too. when i tried to make this at home it didnt came well. yours looks exactly the same.

  15. Copio la receta, tienen que estar deliciosos y en mi casa nos gustan mucho los sabores de las recetas exoticas de otros paises.
    Un saludo.

  16. i too remember the ulli vada we get back home...till date i will ask amma to get me those whenever i go home.... love it...ur looks so yummy

  17. This looks so good!

  18. this looks really yummy tummy.....excellent recipe....mouth watering...

  19. Hi Aarthi,

    Mouth watering onion vada :) I am a huge fan of your recipes.. Keep the momentum going!!!

  20. Hi Aarthi, Onion vada is looking awesome. I was searching for the vada which will be available in tea shop.Finally i found your recipe. Which is looking same like the tea shop vada. I am going to try this. I like the frying pan too. Where did u buy this pan. Thanks. Please let me know.

  21. @Jamuna Sundari got it in a shop called tip top glassware emporium.

  22. I prepared this yesterday for Tamil New Year and it came out very delicious!


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