Main Dishes

Medu Wada


Medu vada is a traditional favourite of south india that features not just in everyday cuisine but is also an indispensable part of the menu on festivals and puja days. Grind the batter with just enough water to make a soft but not watery dough – as it’s the consistency of the batter that determines how soft and shapely the vadas turn out, and of course how many compliments you reap! after all, ‘medu’ means soft, and the wadas must live up to the name.

1 cup urad dal (split black lentils)
3 green chillies , roughly chopped
3 to 4 peppercorns (kalimirch)
8 to 10 curry leaves (kadi patta)
1 tsp ginger (adrak)
salt to taste
coconut oil or any other refined for deep-frying
fried coconut chutney for serving
sambhar for serving
Clean, wash and soak the urad dal in enough water for atleast 2 hours. Drain, add the green chillies, pepper, curry leaves and ginger and blend in a mixer to a smooth batter, adding little water. Add the salt and mix well and divide the mixture into 8 equal portions. Keep aside. Wet your hand. Take a portion of the mixture in your hand. Make a hole in the centre with your thumb. Heat oil in a kadhai, upturn your hand and drop the wada in oil. Deep fry the wada till both sides turn golden brown in colour. Repeat with the remaining batter to make 7 more medu wadas. Drain on absorbent paper. Serve hot with fried coconut chutney and sambhar.


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