A traditional South Indian Fried Snack: Uzhunnu Vada or Medu Vada
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Uzhunnu Vada or Medu Vada
  • Urad dal or Skinned Black gram - 1 cup
  • Small onions, chopped small- 5
  • Ginger, minced- 1 inch slice
  • Curry Leaves, chopped- 1 sprig
  • Whole pepper corns- ½ tsp
  • Green chili, chopped or (use ½ tsp chili powder)- 2
  • Salt- to taste
  • Oil- enough for frying
  1. Soak the urad dal in water for at least 5 hours or overnight.
  2. Grind the soaked urad dal in a food processor or grinder to a coarse paste.
  3. Avoid adding water, if it's hard to grind then add very little water.
  4. Pour the batter into a large bowl, beat and combine the batter with your hand for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the chopped small onions, ginger, curry leaves, green chilies and whole pepper corns into the batter and combine well.
  6. Keep the batter in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  7. Have a plastic small ziploc bag or a plastic sheet ready.
  8. Grease the surface of the plastic bag with little oil. This will avoid the batter from sticking on to the surface.
  9. Place a handful of batter on it and make a small ball shape out of it.
  10. Gently put a hole using your index finger and shape up the sides to round shape.
  11. When the oil has heated well, gently peel off the holed batter from the plastic sheet and carefully slide it into the oil.
  12. Be very careful while putting the batter into the oil, don't just throw it into the oil as the oil will splash up.
  13. Don't over crowd the vadas while frying as it will deform its round shape.
  14. Fry the vadas flipping to both sides until it turns golden in color.
  15. Transfer the vadas to a paper towel.
  16. Serve hot with Cilantro chutney or Coconut Chammanthi.
Recipe by Cooking with Thas at http://www.thasneen.com/cooking/traditional-south-indian-fried-snack-uzhunnu-vada-or-medu-vada/