Medhu Vada/ Urad Dal Vada


Urad dal vadas or medhu vadai are a perfect breakfast to kick-start a day. This popular breakfast is paired with different chutneys and delicious sambar. These donut-shaped vadas are relished and eaten across the whole country.

To make this vada, split urad dal is soaked for hours and then ground to make a batter adding little water. As the batter remains sticky so I add semolina/sooji to bind it, also an addition of some sooji makes crisp vadas. Some aromatics like ginger, green chillies and black peppercorns enhance the taste. These deep-fried crisp and tasty medhu vadai with sambar keep you full for hours as they make a complete and wholesome meal in itself

Course – Breakfast

Cuisine – Indian (South India)

 Prep Time – 5 hours

 Cook Time – 30 Min

 Total Time – 5 hrs 30 minutes

 Yield – 5-6 Servings

 Author – Bharti Dhawan



1- Dhuli/split urad dal/ (soaked for 5-6 hours or overnight ) -: 1 cup
2- Rava/semolina – 1/2 cup
3- Salt, red chilly powder, jeera/cumin powder – to taste
4- Finely chopped ginger – 2 ts
5- Finely chopped green chilly – 2 teaspoons
6- Curry leaves and coriander leaves(finely chopped) – 2 tbs
7- Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
8- Black peppercorns(crushed) – 1 tsp
9- Sufficient oil for frying


1- Drain extra water from soaked  urad dal and grind it with very little water(1-2 ts)  to a smooth consistency

2- Add rava/ semolina and mix well to allow semolina to get absorbed

3- Add salt and all the other ingredients mentioned above. whisk it well for 5 minutes so that some air gets Incorporated well into the batter

4- Heat oil in a kadahi keeping the flame at medium heat

5- Wet your palm and place 1 tbs batter on it. Make a hole in the centre with your thumb to get its signature shape

6- Slowly slid the vada into the oil to fry till pale golden

7- Now flip it slowly to fry the other side until golden crisp

8- Serve this yummy vadas with sambar and coconut chutney