Jul 23, 2014

Vada Curry Recipe / Set Dosa Vada Curry Recipe

Vada Curry and Set Dosa, a quite famous combo in food. And it is often had as a breakfast meal, not ordinary breakfast but a special breakfast. Frankly speaking i had never tasted this. But i have seen it. Till couple weeks back, i have never thought of making it at home and posting it here. There is a little inspiration behind this, every friday hubby and me visit a temple in a place near our town called suchidram. 

Couple weeks back, hubby took me to a veg hotel named maruti near that temple, it is not that big, but it is a family hotel. But i should tell you the food tasted so yummy. First time i ordered chole bature and it was mind blowing. Hubby ordered veg kothu parota, i tasted that too, it was yum. But their speciality is rasam vadai, i literally melted there when i tasted it, it was delicious... Then i saw a person near me ordering set dosa and vada curry. they brought it and it looked totally divine. At that moment i decided to try that combo and post it here. Couple days later i made it for breakfast along with set dosa. Hubby tasted it and told me no hotel food can stand near this and it is simply superb and he ate so many set of dosa..

This vada curry turned out really good. This can be paired with idlies or dosa. I will soon share the set dosa recipe, so keep looking for it.

Preparation Time : 15 mins
Cooking Time : 40 to 45 mins
Soaking Time : ovenight
Serves : 5 to 6


Oil - 2 tblspn
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Coriander Leaves - 2 tblspn finely chopped

For Vadai:
Chana Dal / Kadalai paruppu / Split Yellow Chickpeas - 1 cup
Dry Red Chillies - 3 to 4
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Saunf - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - a small handful
Coriander leaves - a small handful 
Salt to taste
Oil for Deep frying

For sauteing and grinding:
Oil - 1 tblspn
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Saunf - 1 tblspn
Cinnamon Stick / Pattai - 1 small stick
Kal Paasi / Black Stone Flower - 2 piece
Onion - 2 large chopped roughly
Curry Leaves - a sprig
Tomatoes - 2 large chopped roughly
Green Chilli - 1 pricked a little with a knife
Ginger Garlic Paste - 2 tblspn
Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
Coriander Powder / Malli Podi- 2 tblspn
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1 tblspn
Water - 1/4 cup

For Coconut paste:
Fresh Coconut - 1/2 cup grated
Fennel Seeds / Saunf / Sombu - 1 tsp


Soak channa dal 4 to 5 hours or overnight. Drain it add it to blender, now add the other ingredients and grind it to a little coarse mix, dont add water. Now remove it to a bowl add some salt and mix well. heat oil for deep frying, drop small dollops of this mix and fry till golden. Remove it to paper towel, and transfer it to a bowl, pour warm water over it and let it sit for 5 mins. Now drain them and set aside.

Grind coconut and fennel to a smooth paste. Set aside.

Heat oil in a kadai. Add in fennel, cinnamon and kal paasi. Saute it for 30 sec.Add in onions, curry leaves and chillies. Saute it for couple of mins.Add in ginger garlic paste and saute it for a min.Add in all spice powder and mix well.Add in tomatoes and mix well. Pour some water and cook it for 5 mins or so till it is completely cooked. Take this in a blender(i removed the chilli before blending) and puree it.

Now heat 2 tblspn of oil in a kadai, add in cumin seeds and let it sizzle. i added the reserved chilli too.Add in the ground masala and cook it for 10 mins or till oil separates.Add in 2 cups of water, coconut paste and mix well.Once it reaches a boil add in drained vada and mix well.Let this simmer for 5 mins

Add in chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Serve with idli, dosa or set dosa.

Take a cup of channa dal

Soak it in water

I soaked it overnight 

Now drain it and add it to blender

Add some dried chillies

Some fennel seeds

lots of curry leaves

and a big handul of coriander leaves

Puree it coarsely, dont add any water

take it in a bowl

season with some salt

mix well

Take small portions and fry them in hot oil

fry till it gets golden..Flip it often

Once it turns golden

drain it

Pour some warm water over this
Leave it for 5 mins and drain it
Prepare your other ingredients

I ground some coconut with fennel seeds
to a smooth paste
Heat oil in a kadai. Add in whole spices

saute it for 30 sec

Add in onions and green chilli

Saute it for a min

Add in ginger garlic paste

Coriander, chilli, turmeric and garam masala
powder goes in

now tomatoes

pour some water and cook it for few mins

Now it is all cooked

take it in a blender

puree it

Heat oil in a kadai

Add in some cumin seeds

Actually i remove the green chilli when i took
 the masala in the blender, i wanted it to be whole for presentation purpose.

Add the ground masala

Cook till oil separates

Add the coconut paste

mix it well

Add some water, Actually you have to add
a little more water, because once the vada is added
it soaks up all the water
add soaked vada in this, the vada will absorb
 whole lots of water

mix well

add in lots of chopped coriander leaves

mix well




  1. Hi aarthi,
    Your recipes are yummy and mouth watering.Tried the mix veg biriyani..it came out well and everyone like it..thank you :-)..could you please tell me how to make Malai kofta in white kurma? Thank you!

  2. Mouth watering recipe but big Process :-(

  3. Wow... I was waiting for this recipe... :) Now... cant wait to make this...

  4. Looks very yummy iwilltry

  5. Looks absolutely delish. Love your step by step presentation for someone like me

  6. excellent arthi till now i was not clear about vadacurry receipe urs seems to be yummy which fillstummy

  7. Wat a picture clear explanation...really so..... Gud..ll try it soon😊

  8. Hi Arthi,
    I did vada curry today... It came out very good and really yummy... This one was in my todo list long time...My husband liked it alot though he haven't tasted it before.... Much better Dan in hotel... Awesome blog with clear explanations... Keep going ... All d best

  9. Hi Arthi. This is my first time here. I had leftover Vasas and was looking for a recipe.

    I stumbled on your website. Tried this recipe it was a biiig hit. Tasted like restaurant style.

    Thank you! Following your website now and going to subscribe for new recipes.


  10. Hi Aarthi.
    I followed your recipe and thanks to you everyone loved it.

  11. Hi Aarti, can we steam the vadas instead of frying in oil. Will it make a difference in taste?


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