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cabbage vada recipe with step by step photos – cabbage vada or vadai is a tasty deep fried snack made with ground lentils and cabbage.

cabbage vada

vada or vadais are quite popular in south india. there are many variations of vadai and this recipe of cabbage vadai is one such variation.

these cabbage vadas are made from ground lentils and finely chopped cabbage. the lentils added are urad dal (black gram) and chana dal (bengal gram). you can make the cabbage vadas with only urad dal or chana dal also. the chana dal makes these vadas crisp and the urad dal contributes to the soft texture. i make these vadas both with red cabbage as well as green cabbage. when i have some leftover cabbage, i prepare these vadas or cabbage pakora.

there are many variations to make these cabbage vada. e.g. as a variation, you can add onions or chopped carrots in the vada mixture. this is a no onion no garlic cabbage vada recipe.

while making any vada, it is best to soak the dal/lentils overnight. this makes the vadas soft and gives a porous texture to them. addition of ginger and green chilli adds the essential spice factor to these cabbage vadas.

cabbage vadas can be served with green chutney or tomato sauce or coconut chutney or sambar or rasam. a cup of tea along with them will also be fine.

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cabbage vada

4.75 from 4 votes
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:9 hrs
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:9 hrs 25 mins
Course:snacks
Cuisine:south indian
Servings (change the number to scale):2 to 3
cabbage vada recipe, cabbage dal vadai recipe
cabbage dal vadai recipe - deep fried snacks made from ground lentils and finely chopped cabbage.

INGREDIENTS FOR cabbage vada

(1 CUP = 250 ML)
  • ½ cup chana dal (spilt and husked bengal gram)
  • ½ cup urad dal (spilt and husked black gram)
  • 2 cups finely chopped cabbage (patta gobi - red or green)
  • 1 or 2 green chili - chopped (hari mirch)
  • ½ or ¾ inch ginger, finely chopped or grated (adrak)
  • 3 teaspoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta) - optional
  • 2 teaspoon chopped curry leaves (kadi patta) - optional
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds (saunf)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • ½ teaspoon whole black pepper (sabut kali mirch) - crushed
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • salt as required
  • oil for shallow frying or deep frying the vadas

HOW TO MAKE cabbage vada

preparation for cabbage vada recipe

  • rinse and soak the urad dal and chana dal in enough water overnight or for at least 4-5 hours. drain the lentils.
  • then add the lentils in the grinder jar along with black pepper, fennel, cumin and asafoetida. 
  • you can also add these spices whole to the vada batter, instead of grinding them.
  • grind to a smooth batter using very less water. i added approx 4 tbsp of water.
  • add the chopped cabbage, coriander leaves, curry leaves, ginger, garlic and salt to the batter.
  • mix very well and keep aside.

making cabbage vada

  • heat oil in a kadai till its medium hot.
  • drop spoonfuls of the batter in the medium hot oil.
  • when one side is partly cooked and pale golden, turn over and continue frying.
  • fry the vada till golden brown and crisp.
  • drain cabbage vada on paper towels to remove excess oil.
  • serve cabbage vada hot or warm with green chutney or coconut chutney or sambar and rasam.
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how to make cabbage vada recipe

1. rinse & soak the urad dal and chana dal in enough water overnight or for at least 4-5 hours. then drain the lentils.

soaked dals to make cabbage vada recipe

2. add the lentils in the grinder jar along with black pepper, fennel, cumin and asafoetida. you can also add these spices whole to the batter, instead of grinding them.

grinding to make cabbage vada recipe

3. add less water (i added about 4 tbsp of water) and grind to a smooth fluffy batter. keep aside.

paste for cabbage vada recipe

4. chop cabbage, ginger, green chilies and coriander. i have added red cabbage. you can also use green cabbage.

cabbage for cabbage vada recipe

5. add the cabbage, coriander leaves, curry leaves (optional), ginger, green chilies to the vada batter. also add salt.

ingredients to make cabbage vada recipe

6. mix everything very well and keep aside.

batter for cabbage vada recipe

frying cabbage vada

7. heat oil in a kadai. drop spoonfuls of the batter in medium hot oil

frying - cabbage vada recipe

8. when one side is partly cooked and pale golden, turn over and continue frying.

frying - cabbage vadai recipe

9. fry the cabbage vadas till golden brown and crisp.

frying - cabbage vadai recipe

10. drain cabbage vada on paper towels to remove excess oil.

frying - cabbage vadai recipe

11. serve cabbage vada hot or warm with mint chutney or coconut chutney or sambar and rasam.

cabbage vada recipe, cabbage vadai recipe

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namaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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24 comments/reviews

  1. Adding of purple cabbage to the vada gives a colorful element to the vada.Love these vadas anytime..

  2. dear dassana , we can put onions & chopped coriander leaves instead of cabbage then they become more crisp.we can can change the proportion of the dal as 3/4 cup channa dal & 1/4 cup of urad dal. this is my recpie.it also turns out be very good. ur all the recipes are awesome.keep it up .5 stars

  3. Very nice.. This recipe is soooooo refreshing!! really liked the slight sweetness of fennel in vadas. I have tried making vadas for first time and thanks to your recipe, it came out very well.. 🙂5 stars

  4. Its v cold here.. n i love eating hot vadas…. n its really a good recipe..cabbage vadas..

  5. It’s so cold here, and I feel like eating hot vadas now!

    Thank you so much for posting so many vegan recipes.

    blog : global vegan fare

  6. It is raining outside and how I wish I have this plate now.. so tempting.. my fav snack

  7. i made some couple weekends ago too! but my recipe is a bit different. i think i actually like yours better 🙂