Feb 25, 2012

Medu Vada Recipe - Crispy Ulundu Vadai Recipe - Urad Dal Vadai Recipe

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 and chutney..We make this combo often mainly during weekends

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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.

Preparation Time : 30 mins
Soaking Time : 2 to 3 hours
Cooking Time : 1 to 2 min per batch
Makes : 20 vadas


Whole Urad Dal / Vellai Ulundu – 1.5 cup
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) Don't keep the batter out for more than 3 hours, as it will turn sour and ferment. The vadai wont taste good.

3)If your batter is not thick enough, add little all purpose flour / maida to it and mix it up. Dont add too much of it.

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


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

  2. Perfectly made Aarthi..I love them.

  3. Vada looks so crispy and inviting ones !!

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  4. Crispy and soft vadas, very tempting..

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

  6. Perfect Arathi; very tempting!

  7. another delicious recipe...looks very appetizing..;)
    Tasty Appetite

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

  9. super yummy vadas. irresistible!

  10. 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!!

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

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

  13. Perfect made ..Looks so crispy and my fav.

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

  15. For all the food lovers, I would like to share this recipe with you ....
    Traditional Ghavachi Kheer


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

  17. 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!

  18. @ktsuefor best result. soak it for 3 hours

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

  20. Thank you for posting yummy and
    Mouth watering recipe

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

  22. @GhaniemahIt is regular cooking rice, white rice

  23. 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...

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

  25. 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

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

  27. @SumiIt is normal cooking rice, puzhugal arisi

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

  29. Do we need to ferment the batter after grinding

  30. Hi Arthi,there is no need to use of baking soda or baking powder

  31. Hi,
    I really like your recipes, they are easy and mouthwatering, and also try some of them i.e potato smiley, chicken crocates, badusha, mango cake etc. Now I want to make Idli and Dosa, but I've a problem, here in my city I couldn't find whole white Urad dal, please tell me can I use split urad dal instead of whole dal?

  32. Hi aarthi Iam viewing your blog in my iPad, continuously it's getting loaded and is can't able to read ur recipes please do check it.

  33. Hi.. It is awesome. I tried it today. Im preparing vada for first time. It has come out really well. My husband liked it :)

  34. can i use urad flour instead of grain? if can how long we have to ferrment it?

  35. @Fouzul Farwinanot sure about using powdered urad dal

  36. Hi dear sis I love ur blog so much today I tried medu vada I was a great hit in breakfast am really happy I feed my family really good thanks for ur wonderful recipes

  37. Hi Aarthi. Can you please tell me, if I can prepare the batter a day earlier and refrigerate it and use it next day morning? Thank you

    1. I have the same doubt .please reply.

    2. it is best to make the batter fresh. But if you cannot, just make it and store in a air tight container in fridge

  38. Hi arthi. My vada burst out in oil. My batter was thick. I jus add little rice flour in d batter. It oozes out soon after burst out wen I dropped in oil. M sure my hands r not wet. Wat may be reason.

    1. i think the batter is not that thick. Add some maida and make.


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