Feb 25, 2012

Medu Vada / Medu Wada / Ulundu Vadai / Urad Dal Vada / Uddina Vada / Thootu Vada – Pongal Recipes

Vadai is my favorite evening snacks..These medu vadai is so crispy on the outside but wicked fluffy in the center…Dipping this in chutney and sambar is heavenly..I love it with hot idli, sambar,chutney..We make this combo often mainly during Sundays..

We often make this at home and if there is any special occasion in our house, then this is the one of which occupies the table..Everyone think that this is complicated , but I can tell you that it is so easy peasy..The trick in this is you should grind the urad dal mixture till it is fluffy and smooth, but add very less water so that you will be able to shape it properly.

Hope you like it and let me know what you think.


Whole Urad Dal / Vellai Ulundu – 250 gms
Rice ( uncooked ) – 3 tblspn
Onion – 1 finely chopped
Green Chilli – 3 finely chopped
Ginger – 2 tblspn finely chopped
Curry leaves – 1 handful finely chopped
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying


Soak Urad dal and rice together for 2 to 3 hours. Now drain it and grind in a blender to a very smooth paste. Add little water as needed to make a smooth paste. Tranfer this to a mixing bowl and set aside.

Now add onions, green chilli, ginger, curry leaves in this and mix well.

Take a small portion out of this and flatten it with your hands. Make a small hole in the center and drop in hot oil. You can also use a plastic sheet to make this (refer picture)

Fry this till golden brown and drain in a paper towel.

Serve with chutney and sambar.


1) Add little water while grinding. If you add lots of water, you wont be able to shape the vadai and the vadai will drink lots of oil.

2) If you find the batter to be little runny, add in some rice flour.

3) Don't keep the batter out for more than 3 hours, as it will turn sour and ferment. The vadai wont taste good.

Soak urad dal and rice together
soak it for 2 to 3 hours
drain and put in a blender

make into a fine puree

it should be smooth

transfer it to a bowl
take all your other ingrediants

cut them into managable sizes

add it to a food processor

and pulse it

add it in
add salt

and mix well

all mixed up

take a plastic sheet and apply oil

take a small portion of this and place it over that

flatten and make a hole in the center

You can use your hand to make this

drop in hot oil

and fry till golden

drain and set aside


faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

drooling here....my fav...

Tina said... Best Blogger Tips

Crispy and delicious vada..

maha said... Best Blogger Tips

vadas looking so crispy n hot yaar...tastes best vth coco chutney

Mélange said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfectly made Aarthi..I love them.

Sravs said... Best Blogger Tips

Vada looks so crispy and inviting ones !!

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Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

Crispy and soft vadas, very tempting..

ramya anand said... Best Blogger Tips

OMG!!Looks crispy and tempting

Anu said... Best Blogger Tips

Tempting vadas.

Only Fish Recipes said... Best Blogger Tips

wow...drooling here....i love this very much :-)

Shri said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfect Arathi; very tempting!

Jay said... Best Blogger Tips

another delicious recipe...looks very appetizing..;)
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DivyaGCP said... Best Blogger Tips

Vadais looks perfect and delicious. For me getting the shape is the very difficult part.

Sensible Vegetarian said... Best Blogger Tips

All time favorite, looks awesome.

Deeksha said... Best Blogger Tips

super yummy vadas. irresistible!

Prabhamani said... Best Blogger Tips

Me too like this Vadai a lot..You know what i wont get perfect shaped vadais when i grind the batter in mixer..wondering how you got a perfect shape!!

The Pumpkin Farm said... Best Blogger Tips

u r on rol,l, lovely vadas

Richa said... Best Blogger Tips

perfect vadas.. been so long since i had a good one!

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Deeps @ Naughty Curry said... Best Blogger Tips

wow! they have come out perfectly

Indulge said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely.. MY son has been asking me to make these with holes in them.. thanks for the share.
Love Ash.

Rujuta said... Best Blogger Tips

Vadas look great

Gayathri Anand said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfect made ..Looks so crispy and my fav.

Ruchikoottu said... Best Blogger Tips

looks nice..liked your step by step instructions too...following you.. :)

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Sujitha Rajagopal said... Best Blogger Tips

I tried this vadai today n it turned up very well.. very crispy n delicious.. tq for the recipe :)

ktsue said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks so delicious Aarthi! I have a question: in the recipe it says to soak the dal for 2-3 hours, but underneath the photo it says to soak for 4 hours. Which is best? I can't wait to try this!

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@ktsuefor best result. soak it for 3 hours

ktsue said... Best Blogger Tips

Great, thank you!

Mona Arumugam said... Best Blogger Tips

I tried Medu vada today, come up very well & very tasty too...Thank u

Pravina Parikh said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for posting yummy and
Mouth watering recipe

Ghaniemah said... Best Blogger Tips

Which rice? Idly rice or pachari(white rice)?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@GhaniemahIt is regular cooking rice, white rice

khadhija said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi art hi vada looks so tempting..but if I grind d batter in blender it won't come gud..but in grinder it comes nice..what's d reason...

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@khadhijawhen you grind urad dal in blender, grind till it is fluffy. That gives soft and crispy vada

bhavini heniya said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi aarthi can u tell me urad dal measurement in cups....I have tried many of ur recipes n they turned out to amazing...n specially ur making understanding in detail every time with writeup n pics....Thanks dear...plz reply me soon as I want to make it today itself

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@bhavini heniyaIt is around 2 cups

Sumi said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi aarthi, should I use raw rice or boiled rice... Paccha arisi or puzhungal arisi

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@SumiIt is normal cooking rice, puzhugal arisi

KRITI KOTHARI said... Best Blogger Tips

I made vada today with coconut chutney. It turned out great. Tomorrow I m gng to try ur strawberry icecream but using pineapple