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.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: snacks, starters
Cuisine: indian street food, kerala
Diet: vegan
Servings: 3
Calories: 556kcal
Author: Dassana Amit


  • 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


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 onion pakoda 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.


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.


Calories: 556kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 73.8mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.9mg