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Sunday, August 12, 2012


Onam is very special for Malayalees all over the world, as it is the state festival for their homeland - Kerala. Celebrated with great fanfare, Onam is the wonderful opportunity for people to reconnect with their family and friends back home. Feasting is a prominent part of the merrymaking. Right from the snacks to the meal, everything served during the festive season of Onam has the unique flavor of Kerala. One of the popular snacks is Vada (doughnuts). Typically, a South Indian dish, a number of variations are there in the recipe of Vada. The two popular variants of the recipe are Uzhunnu Vada (made with Black Gram/Urad Dal) and Parippu Vada (made with Chana Dal). It is very crispy, delicious and served hot with Sambhar or Coconut Chutney. In the following lines, we have provided an easy recipe of Vada. Let us know how to make the dish.

Vada Recipe

  • 1/2 cup Urad Daal (Black Gram)
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger
  • 1 or 2 Green Chilies, finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp Baking Soda
  • Pick, wash and soak Urad Dal for 3-4 hours.
  • Make a smooth paste of the dal by grinding it in wet grinder. Make sure that you do not add too much water, because it should be a thick paste.
  • Add onions, ginger, green chilies salt and baking powder to the paste, mix well and set aside for 5 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan or kadhai and deep fry a spoonful of batter, till golden
  • Serve with coconut chutney or sambhar as a snack. It can also serve as meal.

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