Medu Vada (Split Black Lentils Doughnuts)


Medu vada is a favourite and traditional dish of south india. It is an inseparable part of the menu in festivals, marriages and pooja days. It can also be prepared on Ganesh chaturthi.


Medu Vada

Makes 8-10 vada’s


1 cup urad dal/ split black lentils(soaked for 2 hours and grinded into a smooth paste)

1 teaspoon black peppercorns

few curry leaves

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

salt to taste

oil for deep frying


Wash and soak the urad dal in enough water for at least 2 hours. Drain urad dal and blend it into smooth batter, adding little water.


Add the salt, curry leaves, cumin seeds, black peppercorns and mix well and divide the mixture into 9 equal portions.

Heat oil in a shallow pan for deep frying, the oil should be medium hot.

Wet your hand. Take a portion of batter in your hand and make a hole in the center with the thumb. Upturn your hand and slid the vada in oil.

If you can’t make a hole in the center, than also it’s ok. The vada’s will still taste awesome. I made vada’s by both method.


Deep fry vada until both sides are golden crisp.

Drain on absorbent paper.

Serve hot with coconut chutney, ketchup or sambar.


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