Medu Vada or Sambar Vada is a fried, doughnut shaped south Indian delicacy made from Urad Dal. It tastes heavenly when eaten after dipping in sambar and accompanied by chutney.
Medu is a Kannada word that means 'soft' and Vada means 'fritter’. Medu Vada is soft and fluffy from inside but has a crispier outside crust. A defining feature of this snack is a doughnut shape with a hole in the centre.
Medu Vada is not only popular as an indispensable part of regular south Indian cuisine but is also a necessary part of the menu on festivals and puja days. Sambar Vada is also quite nutritious as it is made from Urad Dal (split & skinned black lentils), which are good source of protein and vitamin B, iron, folic acid, calcium etc.
To make Medu Vada at home follow the detailed step by step recipe with photos posted below.
Nutrition (per serving)
Ingredients For Medu Vada Recipe
- 2 Cups Urad Dal (Split & Skinned Black Lentils)
- 1 Small Onion
- 10 Curry Leaves (Kari Patta)
- 2 Green Chillies
- ~1 inch piece of Ginger
- 10-15 Black Peppercorns (Sabut Kali Mirch)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/8 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- Oil for frying
Step By Step Instructions With Photos for Medu Vada
Wash and rinse 2 cups of Urad Dal (split & skinned Black Lentil) thoroughly. Soak it in water overnight or for at least 3-4 hours.
Drain the water from the Dal.
Grind the Dal to a smooth paste in a grinder or food processor with a few drops of water, if needed. The batter should remain thick so it can hold its shape. You can add a little bit of Semolina (Sooji) if the batter becomes thin.
Transfer the batter to a mixing bowl and add finely chopped onion, green chillies and ginger along with Curry Leaves and Black Peppercorn. You can also add coconut pieces if you want.
Add a pinch of Baking Soda and Salt to taste and mix all the ingredients together.
Take a plastic sheet and brush a few drops of oil on it. Take a spoonful of batter and place it on the sheet.
Dip your finger in water and make a small hole in the middle of the batter to make a doughnut shape. Prepare all the vadas this way.
Heat oil in a wok on medium flame. Slowly lift the vadas and add them in the hot oil.
Fry them for 2-3 minutes till they turn golden brown. Keep tossing them while frying so that they are evenly cooked on all sides. Then remove the vadas from the oil and place them on an absorbent paper.