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ulli vada recipe, onion vada recipe

ulli vada are crisp and crunchy onion fritters or pakoda. popular as a street food snack in kerala.

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total time:
40minutes

ulli vada recipe with step by step pics. ulli vada are crisp and crunchy onion fritters. basically these are onion pakodas and are popular as a street food snack in kerala.

ulli vada recipe

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. the taste and texture of ulli vada is different from the regular onion pakoda. here i am sharing as to how i make this pakora recipe.

onion pakoras are a popular tea time snack all over india and they are made in various ways. few variations of onion pakora you can make are:

  1. onion pakoda (punjabi style)
  2. kanda bhaji (maharashtrian style)
  3. vengaya bhaji (south indian style)

ulli vada can be served with coconut chutney or green chutney or tomato ketchup or mint chutney.

if you are looking for more pakora recipes then you may like:

ulli vada recipe, onion vada recipe
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ulli vada recipe

ulli vada are crisp and crunchy onion fritters or pakoda. popular as a street food snack in kerala.
course snacks, starters
cuisine indian street food, kerala
prep time 20 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 40 minutes
servings 3
rough calories per serving 556 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 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

how to make ulli vada recipe

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.

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

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

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

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

  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. 

frying ulli vada

  1. 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.

  2. begin to fry ulli vada on a medium flame.

  3. when one side is light golden, then turn over and fry the other side.

  4. continue to fry till the vada turn crisp and golden.

  5. turn over as required while frying.

  6. once the onion pakoda are crisp and golden, remove with a slotted spoon.

  7. 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.

  8. serve kerala style ulli vada hot with any chutney of your choice.

recipe notes

few tips for making ulli vada

  • 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.

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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 ulli vada

7. heat oil for deep frying in a pan. when the oil becomes hot, keep the flame to medium and drop spoonfuls of pakoda 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 onion pakodas are crisp and golden, remove with a slotted spoon.

ulli vada recipe

13. place the fried onion vadas 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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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 greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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    • Thanks Anna

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