Rava Vada | Instant Vada Recipe

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In this post, I have shared the recipe of an Instant Vada made with rava (sooji or cream of wheat or semolina). This crisp and tasty Rava Vada is also a quick snack, that gets done within minutes, unlike the traditionally made Medu Vada that takes a good amount of time to get ready. The next time, you’re looking for an instant snack, try these for sure.

rava vada served on a white plate with a small bowl of green chutney kept on the left side and text layovers.

About Rava Vada

There are many variations of vada that are popular in the whole of South India, and this Rava Vada is one such tasty variation. It makes for a quick evening snack and are simple to make. Just follow the recipe well.

Though, I’ve shaped this Rava Vada too as a doughnut, just like medu vada, but it still is quite different in other aspects. First things first, these vadas made with cream of wheat or rava/sooji are instant and don’t take as much time as its counterpart takes.

In this Instant Vada recipe, you just have to keep the vada mixture to rest for about 20 to 25 minutes. Whereas, the urad dal used in the batter of medu vada has to be soaked for a good 4 hours to overnight before being ground.

Onions are added in this recipe. However adding onions is optional and can be given a miss. But I suggest not to skip the onions because they impart a lovely caramelized flavor to the snack.

In addition to the rava or cream of wheat and onions, other ingredients that are added in the recipe of this Instant Vada are ginger, green chilies, coriander leaves, curry leaves, cumin seeds, black pepper, fresh or sour curd and baking soda.

You can also make this Instant Vada as an after-school snack for kids. Since these are made with a fine variety of rava, these have a good crisp texture and taste super yum.

While making the Rava Vada mixture, depending on the quality of rava, you will need to add the required amount of fresh or sour curd. If there is less moisture in the mixture, the vadas turn hard or dense. Secondly, do not fry too much, as then also they become too crisp and hard.

This Instant Vada can be served with Coconut Chutney or even with Pudina Chutney, sandwich chutney, mint coriander chutney or tomato ketchup.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Rava Vada

Make Vada Mixture

1. In a mixing bowl or pan, take 1 cup of fine rava (sooji or cream of wheat). Note that the rava is not roasted.

rava added to mixing bowl for making instant vada.

2. Then add the following ingredients:

  • ½ cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
  • 1 or 2 chopped green chilies
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
  • 7 to 8 chopped curry leaves
chopped onions, finely chopped ginger, chopped green chilies, chopped coriander leaves and chopped curry leaves added to rava.

3. Then, add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds and 10 to 12 whole black peppercorns, crushed.

cumin seeds and crushed black peppercorns added to rava.

4. Next, add ⅓ to ½ cup fresh or sour curd. Depending on the quality of the rava, you can add ⅓ to ½ cup curd (dahi or yogurt).

curd added to the bowl.

5. Now, add ¼ teaspoon baking soda and salt as required.

baking soda and salt added to bowl.

6. Begin to mix the mixture.

mixing the ingredients.

7. Then, mix and gather the mixture together. Do not knead. The mixture should be thick but also have enough moisture or else vadas will become hard. 

You can add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water, if the mixture looks very thick.

mixing ingredients to make thick mixture.

8. Once everything is mixed well, then cover the bowl and let the vada mixture rest for 20 to 25 minutes at room temperature.

In case the mixture looks dry, you can add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water and mix again.

prepared vada mixture.

Shaping Rava Vada

9. Below is the vada mixture after 21 minutes.

vada mixture after 21 minutes.

10. Again mix.

mixing vada mixture once again.

11. Grease your palms with some oil and make small to medium sized balls from the vada mixture.

small to medium size balls made form vada mixture.

12. Place them on a zip lock bag or plantain leaf. Flatten them a bit, not too much.

vada mixture ball fattened.

13. Then, make a depression in the center with your thumb or finger.

depression made in the center of the flattened rava vada.

Frying Rava Vada

14. Heat oil in a kadai or pan for deep frying. Check a small piece of mixture in the hot oil. If it comes on top gradually and steadily, the vada can be fried.

checking the temperature of hot oil for frying rava vada.

15. Now, gently remove the vada from the zip lock bag and add in the hot oil.

adding prepared rava vada in hot oil.

16. Fry Rava Vada on medium heat. Depending on the size of the kadai, you can fry less or more vadas.

frying vadas in hot oil in pan.

17. When one side is light golden, gently turn over each vada with a slotted spoon.

one side golden vadas turned over and fried in hot oil.

18. Continue to fry the vadas till crisp and golden, and turn over as needed.

frying vadas till crisp and golden.

19. Fry Rava Vada till golden and crisp.

frying vadas till crisp and golden.

20. Remove carefully with a slotted spoon, draining the excess oil in the kadai itself.

removing fried vada from hot oil with a slotted spoon.

21. Place the fried vada on a kitchen paper towel to remove excess oil. Same way, fry remaining batches of vada.

fried vadas placed on kitchen paper towel.

22. Serve Rava Vada hot or warm with any chutney of your choice like coriander chutney, mint chutney, coconut chutney, curry leaves chutney or green chutney.

rava vada served on a white plate with a small bowl of green chutney kept on the left side and text layovers.

Expert Tips

  1. Make sure to use fine variety of rava or sooji for this recipe. Note that the rava is not roasted in this recipe.
  2. You can add about ⅓ to ½ cup curd (dahi or yogurt) or as required, depending on the quality of rava used. If you are using a thick curd, then you can add some water. Otherwise, do not add water.
  3. The vada mixture should be thick but also have enough moisture or else the vadas will become hard. You can keep the mixture for about 20 to 25 minutes to rest.
  4. You can add 1 to 2 tablespoons more water, if the vada mixture looks very thick.
  5. I suggest to add onions as they give a very good taste to these suji vada. However if you prefer you can skip adding them.

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Rava Vada | Instant

These Instant rava vada are crisp and tasty vada variant made with rava (sooji or cream of wheat), curd, onions, herbs and spices.
4.50 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Cuisine South Indian, Tamil Nadu
Course Snacks
Diet Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 9 vadas
Units

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fine rava (sooji or cream of wheat)
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger (adrak)
  • 1 or 2 green chilies – chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 7 to 8 curry leaves – chopped
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 10 to 12 whole black peppercorns – crushed
  • ⅓ to ½ cup fresh or sour curd (dahi or yogurt) or add as required
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • salt as required
  • oil as required, for deep frying

Instructions
 

making rava vada mixture

  • In a mixing bowl or pan take 1 cup fine rava (sooji or cream of wheat).
  • Then add ½ cup chopped onions, 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger, 1 or 2 green chilies (chopped), 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves and 7 to 8 curry leaves, chopped.
  • Then add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds and 10 to 12 black peppercorns, crushed.
  • Next add ⅓ to ½ cup fresh or sour curd. Depending on the quality of rava you can add ⅓ to ½ cup curd (dahi or yogurt).
  • Now add ¼ teaspoon baking soda and salt as required.
  • First begin to mix the mixture and then gather the mixture together. Do not knead.
  • Once everything is mixed well then cover the bowl and let the rava vada mixture rest at room temperature for 20 to 25 minutes. In case the mixture looks dry, then you can add 1 to 2 tablespoons water and mix again.
  • Below the rava vada mixture after 21 minutes.
  • Again mix.

shaping rava vada

  • Grease your palms with some oil and make small to medium sized balls from the rava vada mixture.
  • Place them on a zip lock bag or plantain leaf.
  • Flatten them a bit, but not too much.
  • Then make a depression in the center.

frying rava vada

  • Heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan.
  • Check a small piece of vada in the hot oil. If it comes up gradually and steadily on top the vadas can be fried.
  • Now gently remove the vada from the zip lock bag and gently place it in the oil.
  • Fry rava vada on medium flame. Depending on the size of the kadai you can fry less or more rava vada.
  • When one side is light golden, then gently turn over each vada with a slotted spoon.
  • Continue to fry all sooji vada till crisp and golden and turn over as needed.
  • Fry till the sooji vada become crisp and golden.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon draining the excess oil in the kadai itself.
  • Place the fried rava vada on kitchen paper towel. Same way fry remaining vadas.
  • Serve rava vada hot or warm with any chutney of your choice like mint chutney or cilantro chutney or coconut chutney or tomato sauce or any green chutney.

Notes

  • Mixture should be thick but also should have enough moisture or else rava vada will become hard.
  • You can add 1 to 2 tablespoons more water it the mixture looks very thick.
  • Allow to rest for 20 to 15 minutes.
  • Add curd as required. No need to add water. If the curd is thick, then you can add some water.

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Rava Vada | Instant
Amount Per Serving
Calories 154 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 77mg3%
Potassium 63mg2%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Vitamin C 19.1mg23%
Calcium 159mg16%
Iron 6.5mg36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Instant Rava Vada Post from the blog archives, first published in April 2017 has been republished and updated on December 2022.

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  1. Hello Dassana,

    Thank you for this recipe. Is it ok if I dont add baking soda? Also if I prepare the rava vada mix, can I store it in fridge and use it the next day?

    Thanks

    1. baking soda help to make the vadas soft. though can skip it. just add a bit of more water. you can keep in the fridge overnight. the batter will have a nice sour taste the next day. but will become thick as the sooji will absorb more water. so if required you can add little water the next day if the batter looks too thick.