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medu vada are crisp and fried dough nuts made from black grams.

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medu vada recipe with step by step photos – crispy, fluffy and delicious vadas that goes very well with coconut chutney or sambar.

medu vada recipe

medu vada is one of my favorite snack. medu vada is one snack i loved as a kid and still do. i especially like the crispy and fluffy medu vada dunked in hot sambar with coconut chutney by the side. the combo of vada sambar with coconut chutney is very famous and taste awesome. you can enjoy medu vadas with any variety of sambar.

whenever we would go to any udupi or kerala restaurants in mumbai, i would order either vada sambar or masala dosa. these two were always on my top list of south indian snacks.

i love all south indian snacks and back with mom and dad, i am having a good time to have my favorite south indian breakfast tiffin snacks like dosa, rava dosa, appam and of course my top favorite medu vada.

mom made this for brunch and i happily captured the pics. we had medu vada with the sambar and coconut chutney.

medu vada is one of the easiest snack to make. if you have left over sambar and don’t know what to do… just make the medu vadas… dip into the sambar and enjoy…

if there is no sambar, then too you can have the medu vadas with coconut chutney or even with mint coriander chutney or tomato sauce. you could use any dip of your choice… may be even a tahini dip or any cheesy dip will be great.

medu vada recipe

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medu vada recipe
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medu vada recipe

medu vada are crisp and fried dough nuts made from black grams.

course breakfasts, snacks
cuisine south indian
prep time 4 hours
cook time 40 minutes
total time 4 hours 40 minutes
servings 4
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 2 cups urad dal (husked & split black gram)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns, whole or crushed (optional)
  • 1 or 2 sprig curry leaves, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 or 2 green chilies, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
  • cup chopped coconut pieces, optional
  • few sprigs of coriander leaves, chopped (optional)
  • salt to taste
  • oil for deep frying
  • some water if needed to grind the batter

how to make recipe

making medu vada batter

  1. soak the urad dal for 4 hours or overnight.
  2. grind the soaked dal to a smooth batter with little water if required.
  3. if the batter becomes watery, then the instant relief would be to add some semolina or urad dal flour to it. otherwise also you could add some semolina to the batter.

  4. add the spices, herbs, onions and salt. mix well.

  5. take a bowl of water. apply some water from the bowl on both your hands. take some batter in your right hand from the bowl. give it a round shape.

  6. with your thumb make a hole in the center. you can also use banana leaves or zip lock bags to give the medu vada its doughnut shape.

making medu vada

  1. in a kadai heat oil. keep the flame to medium. 

  2. once the oil becomes hot, slid the medu vada into the hot oil.

  3. once the medu vadas are slightly golden then gently turn over with a slotted spoon and continue to fry.

  4. fry the medu vadas till crisp and golden. the oil should be not very hot, but medium hot. you want the vadas to be cooked from inside. very hot oil will quickly brown the vadas from outside but they will remain uncooked from inside. less hot oil will make the medu vada to absorb too much oil. even if the batter is thin then also the medu vadas will absorb too much oil.

  5. fry all the medu vadas this way till they become evenly browned and crisp.
  6. drain medu vadas on kitchen tissue to remove excess oil.
  7. serve the medu vadas, hot or warm with sambar and coconut chutney.

recipe notes

  • when making medu vada for fasting, then don't add onions.

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how to make medu vada recipe

1. soak 2 cups urad dal (husked and split black gram) for 4 to 5 hours. you could also soak them overnight.

medu vada recipe

2. later drain the water. add the soaked urad dal in a grinder jar. add 2 to 3 tablespoon water or as required. but just make sure that not to make the batter very thin. you can grind in parts and add water as required.

medu vada recipe

3. grind the urad dal to a smooth batter. the batter should be fluffy, thick and not liquidy. a quick tip is to add a few drops of batter in a bowl of water. the batter drops should float. if they float and do not get dissolved, then that’s the right consistency. if the batter becomes watery or thin, then the instant relief would be to add some semolina or urad dal flour to it. otherwise also you could add some semolina to the batter. but best is to have the right consistency of the batter.

medu vada recipe

4. remove the batter into a big bowl or vessel.

medu vada recipe

5. measure and keep all the ingredients ready for making medu vada.

medu vada recipe

6. to the batter, add ⅓ cup finely chopped onion, 1 or 2 sprig of curry leaves (chopped) and 2 to 3 tablespoons of chopped coriander leaves (optional).

medu vada recipe

7. next add 1 or 2 finely chopped green chilies, 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger (adrak) and ⅓ cup chopped fresh coconut pieces (optional).

medu vada recipe

8. also add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera), 1 teaspoon crushed black peppercorns (kali mirch) and salt as required. addition of black pepper gives a good taste but its optional and you can skip adding it.

medu vada recipe

9. mix the batter well with the herbs, spices and salt. you do not have to ferment the batter. you can use it right away.

medu vada recipe

10. take a bowl of water. apply some water from the bowl on both your hands.

medu vada recipe

11. take some batter in your right hand from the bowl. give it a round shape.

medu vada recipe

12. with your thumb make a hole in the center. you can also use banana leaves or zip lock bags to give the medu vada its doughnut shape.

medu vada recipe

frying medu vada

13. in a kadai heat oil. keep the flame to medium. once the oil becomes hot, slid the medu vada into the hot oil. if you really do not care about appearance of the doughnut shape of the medu vada, then just drop spoonfuls of the batter directly in the oil.

medu vada recipe

14. once the medu vadas are slightly golden then gently turn over with a slotted spoon and continue to fry.

medu vada recipe

15. fry the medu vadas till crisp and golden. the oil should be not very hot, but medium hot. you want the vadas to be cooked from inside. very hot oil will quickly brown the vadas from outside but they will remain uncooked from inside. less hot oil will make the vada to absorb too much oil. even if the batter is thin then also the medu vadas will absorb too much oil.

medu vada recipe

16. once the medu vadai is crisp and golden, then remove with a slotted spoon draining the extra oil. fry the rest of vadas in the same manner.

medu vada recipe

17. drain medu vadas on kitchen tissues to remove extra oil.

medu vada recipe

18. serve medu vada hot or warm with sambar and coconut chutney. enjoy. for more similar recipes you can check this collection of 22 vada varieties.

 medu vada recipe

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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Hi Dasana, The explanation is too good and perfect. I made medu vada yesterday and they came out well. It is just that they were a bit harder to break. I have gone through all the comments and now I know exactly what went wrong. Although the batter was floating,it was not fluffy enough. I will give it one more try. Thanks a lot for sharing such wonderful recipes.

    • thanks shaily. if the batter is ground very well than the vadas become soft. the batter should be light and fluffy and in resemblance look like similar to whipped cream. this consistency is achieved easily in a table top wet stone grinder. for a mixer-grinder one just need to grind the lentils till fluffy and smooth. in case the mixer or grinder gets heated up, then wait for some minutes and start grinding again. a powerful grinder also does a good job.

      • Yes Sure. I will keep this in mind next time and let you know how it turns out !!

        • sure, do let me know.

  2. Hi, i want to know if the batter can keep in fridge?? Waiting for your mail. I like ur meetu vadai recipe…. Tq

    • yes you can keep the batter in fridge, but use within 1 or days.

  3. I am a big fan of yours. If there is one website I trust when it comes to cooking, then it yours. I know for sure that the cooked item will turn out great. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes. Tried medu vada today. They came out really well. The batter was slightly watery. So I slightly fried them. Then made a hole and refried to get donut shape :D.

    • Welcome Swathi. Thanks for your kind words and the trust you have on the website. I try all the recipes before posting them. Thanks for sharing positive feedback on medu vada.

  4. Hi Dassana,
    My earlier attempts to make medu vada(not your recipe) in the past had resulted in the vadas bursting during the process of deep frying them.Since then I haven’t had the courage to try them again though my hubby loves vadas…can you think of why these would burst in hot oil?

    • ashwini, if the batter is thin the vadas will burst in oil. the batter has to be thick to medium consistency. after grinding try add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of batter in a small bowl of water. the batter should float. if the batter dissolves in water, then add some rava or rice flour to it.

  5. Hi Dassana! I’ve tried many of your recipes including this recipe for Medu Vada and they are all really tasty! Thanks for all the recipes you’ve shared and I hope you’ll continue to share! (p.s. You have the best recipes for Indian veg cuisine)

    • welcome jing yi. glad to read your positive feedback on recipes. thanks for this awesome feedback.

  6. Hi dasana,your recipes are very helpful for me,I tried your medu vada recipe,the taste n shape of vada were perfect only it was too hard to break the vada.can u help me to make soft vada’s…
    Thank you

    • afreen for making medu vadas, always use urad dal which is fresh. the more aged the urad dal is the more hard the vadas will be. also soak in enough water and when grinding, grind to a smooth fluffy batter. the batter has to be ground really well. it should look fluffy somewhat similar to whipped cream texture. in a mixer-grinder, this cannot be achieved as the grinder will get heated up. so try to grind in intervals and grind till you get a nice smooth consistency in the batter. if required, then you can add a few tablespoons of water while grinding. hope these suggestions helps.