Uzhunnu Vada/ Medhu Vadai/ Urad dhal Vada


‘Uzhunnu Vada’ was my Mom’s favorite snack!  From her I started getting a liking for this crispy outside but soft inside snack.  Now it has become a comfort food for me!  So here is my version of the recipe.  You will love the flavor of peppercorns and the tiny bits of coconut while munching on it!

I am sending this snack to Priya for the event “Sunday Snacks –  Spill the Beans”


This snack also goes to EC for the event “WYF: Fried Snack”

fried snk


Uzhunnu/ Urad dhal/ Skinless Black gram – 1 1/2 cups

Onions – 1 chopped

Ginger – 2″ piece chopped

Green chillies – 4 chopped

Curry leaves – 1 sprig chopped

Coconut – 1 tbsp small fine pieces

Peppercorns – 20

Water – 2 tsp (optional)

Salt – to taste

Oil – for frying



Soak the urad dhal in water for an hour.  Drain and grind in a mixie without adding water.  Add one or two tsps of water if needed.  Take out and add all the other ingredients and mix well.  Wet the hands, take a lime size of the batter in one hand and make a hole in the middle.  Transfer it to the other hand and drop it gently into hot oil.  Fry it on a medium flame until the Vada turns golden brown.  Repeat the process with the rest of the batter.  Serve the Vadas with coconut chutney or sambar.  You can also make ‘Curd Vada’ by adding them to chilled yoghurt.

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