Kerala Ulli Vada | Onion Vada

Ulli Vada recipe with step by step pics. Ulli Vada are crisp and crunchy onion fritters which are popular as a street food snack in Kerala.

During our visit to Kerala in one of the hotels we stayed, Ulli Vada used to be one of their regular evening snacks with tea.

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ulli vada recipe

The taste and texture of Ulli Vada is different from the regular classic Onion Pakoda.

Onion fritters are a popular tea time snack all over India and they are made in various ways.

Some Regional Variations

  1. Classic Onion Pakoda (North Indian style Punjabi Recipe)
  2. Kanda Bhaji (Maharashtrian Recipe)
  3. Vengaya Bhaji (Onion Rings made South Indian style)
  4. Crispy South Indian Onion Fritters (South Indian Style)

Ulli Vada can be served with coconut chutney or green chutney or tomato ketchup or mint chutney.

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Making Ulli Vada Batter

1. Peel, rinse and then thinly slice 1 large onion. You will need 1.25 cups thinly sliced onions. Take the sliced onions in a mixing bowl.

making ulli vada recipe

2. Add ½ cup besan (gram flour) and 2 tablespoons rice flour.

making ulli vada recipe

3. Now add 2 pinches of asafoetida (hing) and ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder.

making ulli vada recipe

4. Next add 10 to 12 curry leaves (chopped) and salt as required.

making ulli vada recipe

5. Mix very well and keep aside for 15 to 20 minutes.

making ulli vada recipe

6. The onions will leaves their juices by this time and the vada mixture will be soft. Mix again. If the batter mixture looks dry, then add a few teaspoons of water and mix well.

making ulli vada recipe

Frying

7. Heat oil for deep frying in a pan. When the oil becomes hot, keep the flame to medium and drop spoonfuls of the batter in the oil.

making ulli vada recipe

8. Begin to fry onion vada on a medium flame.

making ulli vada recipe

9. When one side is light golden, then turn over and fry the other side.

making ulli vada recipe

10. Continue to fry till the ulli vada turn crisp and golden.

making ulli vada recipe

11. Turn over as required while frying.

making ulli vada recipe

12. Once the ulli vada are crisp and golden, remove with a slotted spoon.

ulli vada recipe

13. Place the fried onion vada on kitchen paper towels for extra oil to be absorbed. In a similar way fry the remaining batches of ulli vada.

ulli vada recipe

14. Serve Ulli Vada hot with any chutney of your choice like coconut chutney or pudina chutney or mint coriander chutney.

Kerala ulli vada recipe

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Kerala Ulli Vada | Onion Vada

5 from 6 votes
Ulli vada are crisp and crunchy onion fritters. Popular as a street food snack in Kerala.
ulli vada recipe, onion vada recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:40 mins
Course:snacks,starters
Cuisine:indian street food,kerala
Diet:vegan
Servings (change the number to scale):3
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Ingredients 

  • 1.25 cups thinly sliced onions or 1 large onion - thinly sliced
  • ½ cup besan (gram flour)
  • 2 tablespoons rice flour (chawal ka atta)
  • 2 pinches asafoetida (hing)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 10 to 12 curry leaves, chopped (kadi patta)
  • salt as required
  • oil for deep frying

Instructions

making ulli vada batter

  • Peel, rinse and then thinly slice 1 large onion. You will need 1.25 cups thinly sliced onions. Take the sliced onions in a mixing bowl.
  • Add ½ cup besan (gram flour) and 2 tablespoons rice flour.
  • Now add 2 pinches of asafoetida (hing) and ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder.
  • Next add 10 to 12 curry leaves (chopped) and salt as required.
  • Mix very well and keep aside for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • The onions will leaves their juices by this time and the vada mixture will be soft. Mix again. If the batter mixture looks dry then add a few teaspoons of water and mix well. 

frying ulli vada

  • Heat oil for deep frying in a pan. When the oil becomes hot, keep the flame to medium and drop spoonfuls of batter in the oil.
  • Begin to fry ulli vada on a medium flame.
  • When one side is light golden, then turn over and fry the other side.
  • Continue to fry till the vada turn crisp and golden.
  • Turn over as required while frying.
  • Once the ulli vada are crisp and golden, remove with a slotted spoon.
  • Place the fried onion vada on kitchen paper towels for extra oil to be absorbed. In a similar way fry the remaining batches of ulli vada.
  • Serve kerala style ulli vada hot with any chutney of your choice.

Notes

  • You can add a bit of carom seeds (ajwain) if you want.
  • Green chilies can also be added. 
  • Some finely chopped ginger can also be added in the batter. 
  • Recipe can be halved or doubled. 
  • No need to add water while making ulli vada batter. Add water only if the batter mixture looks dry.

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Kerala Ulli Vada | Onion Vada
Amount Per Serving
Calories 556 Calories from Fat 486
% Daily Value*
Fat 54g83%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Sodium 13mg1%
Potassium 129mg4%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 195IU4%
Vitamin C 73.8mg89%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amitnamaste 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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8 comments/reviews

  1. These vadas turned out so crispy, crunchy and so tasty…Also made the mint coriander chutney to go with it..Both awesome recipes..Everybody loved it5 stars

    • awesome and thank you winnie.

  2. Simple, well explained and came out delicious!5 stars

    • Thanks Anna

  3. Great . your recipes are astonishing.
    keep posting variety of recipes for us ti try.5 stars

    • Thanks John for your positive feedback.

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    • Welcome Terry. Glad to know this.