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Medu Vada Recipe (Sambar Vada)

Medu vada is the traditional South Indian breakfast which is made from whole urad dal. These vada are soft from inside and crispy from outside. It is served with coconut chutney and sambar.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine South Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Soaking Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings (18-20 vada)
Calories 204kcal
Author Kanan


  • 1 cup Whole urad dal (Skinless)
  • 6-8 tablespoons Water (cold) for grinding
  • 1 teaspoon Salt or to taste
  • 1 Green chili finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Cilantro or coriander leaves
  • 6 Curry leaves finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Rice flour
  • Oil for deep frying


Making medu vada batter:

  • Wash the dal really well and soak in enough water for at least four hours.
  • Then discard the soaking water, take dal into grinder jar, gradually add water and grind into smooth, medium consistency batter.
  • Remove it to a bowl, add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Beat it really well to make it airy, light and fluffy.
  • Check the consistency by adding a little drop of batter in a bowl of water. It should float on top.

Making medu vada:

  • Heat the oil in a pan on medium for deep frying.
  • Keep a bowl of water nearby to wet your hand, take a large spoon of batter on your hand (four fingers), using wet thumb make a hole in the center.
  • Gently and carefully slide into the hot oil. Repeat the shaping process and fry the vada in a few batches.
  • Keep turning during the frying process for even cooking and browning.
  • Once golden brown and crispy from both sides then remove it to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Serve them warm.


Serving: 2no. | Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.2g | Protein: 5.1g | Fat: 14.8g | Saturated Fat: 1.9g | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 186mg | Fiber: 5.9g | Sugar: 0.4g
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 serving
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