Monday 15 April 2013

Urad dhal Vadai Recipe/Medhu Vadai Recipe /Ulundhu Vadai Recipe/Ullundhu Vadai Recipe for Festivals & Neivedhyam/Ullundhu Vadai Recipe with step by step photos

Urad dhal vadai is a very common snack in Southern India. It is made on all special occasions and festivals. It is a perfect evening snack with hot piping tea or coffee. One vadai is always never enough for anyone. Once you start eating it you always want more. Do check out other Vadai Varieties here and Starters/EveningSnacks/Appetizers here.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…

Urad dhal/Ulundhu
1 cup
Big onion
1 finely chopped
Green chillies
2 or 3 finely chopped
½ inch piece finely chopped
Curry leaves
One handful finely chopped
Rice flour
1 tsp
As needed
For frying vadai
Wash and soak the urad dhal for at least 4 to 5 hours. Now grind it in the grinder or mixer to a very fine paste. Don’t add water when grinding the dhal, just sprinkle little water when needed. When grinding the dhal add the required salt, so that it will loosen up the dhal.

Transfer the ground dhal to the bowl. Add rest of the ingredients except the oil and mix it really good.

Heat oil in a kadai, when it is ready make vadai as shown in the photo and fry them to golden brown evenly on both sides.

The urad dhal after grinding should never be watery.

If, by mistake the urad dhal has gone watery add some more rice flour and urad dhal flour to fix the mixture.

Some people do not prefer onions on pooja days, in that case you can just add some black pepper corns and fry the vadai.

Thank you for visiting my blog, please come again for more yummy and traditional South Indian Snacks. 

Until then I am signing off…


  1. Glad that you added generous amount of chilies, onion and herbs. I can see the contrast of colors on top of the vadai and this is what I call a snack with punchy flavors. Gosh! another of my fav.

  2. looks perfect and crispy..lovely clicks

  3. yummy looking medhu vada :) they are tempting me priya !!

  4. Priya joined you...looks delicious...can i have a bite

  5. i want the whole dish. my son can finish that. looks awesome.

  6. wow very crispy looking vadai.. yen pa tempt pannureenga :)

  7. perfect tea time vada.nice clicks.

  8. மெது வடை பிரமாதம். பாராட்டுக்கள். வாழ்த்துகள், பகிர்வுக்கு நன்றிகள்.

  9. looks so colorful,never tried adding greens,i can munch it on....

  10. Oh they are my fav Priya. You have made them perfectly :)

  11. Yummy crispy perfect vadai,my all time favourite..

  12. Vadai looks so crispy and perfect..

  13. OMG awesome pics and I love this Recipe very much dear :)

  14. I love these vadas..Thanks for sharing!

  15. thanks for u r lovely comments priya.
    i am not sure priya,maybe u can try in microoven,with little small cupcake mould,cook for less timing ,as there is no flour that need to be cooked.I have not tried.pls do share if u try it.

    1. Thank you Meena, I will surely try it out, I will let you know, if it comes out good.

  16. Very addictive vadais,love with some chutney.

  17. It's my all-time favourite snack... Delicious vadas Priya :-)

  18. Perfect looking vadai dear.. I love them with lots of onion & a side of coconut chutney :)

  19. Perfect looking vadas...My most fav snack with tea :) well made :)

  20. Thank you all the yummy and crunchy comments....

  21. Wow.. lovely vada's I love this type snacks with sauces and tea

  22. my favourite snack...vada looks delicious
    Thanks for linking with my event “Foodabulous Fest –April Month Series”


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