Kerala Style - Uzhunnu Vada

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Jul. 19, 2013

Uzhunnu Vada, though a traditional South Indian snack and a common dish in a South Indian breakfast menu, today it is a favorite all over India. Uzhunnu, in Malayalam means Urad dal. In different regions of Indian, vada is prepared, but they may be known by different names like 'ulundu vadai', 'medu vada' and so on.


For the batter
Urad dal 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Uzhunnu
Onion 1 Large , chopped finely
Ginger 1 Inch , chopped finely
Green chilies 2 Medium , chopped finely
Curry leaves 6 Medium
Salt To Taste
Rice flour 1 Teaspoon
Black pepper powder 1 Pinch
For frying
Oil 1 Cup (16 tbs) (For deep frying)



To prepare the batter:

1. Into a wet grinder, add the urad dal and grind for about 15 - 20 minutes (without water) to get a thick smooth paste. (If using a regular blender, you may add 2 - 3 tablespoons of water. Blending with minimum amount of water would yield best results)

2. Once blended well, transfer the batter into a bowl. Add in the onions, ginger, green chillies, curry leaves and salt. Mix well. (Make sure to mix rapidly and continuously for about 5 minutes. This is important for those grinding in a regular blender)

3. Heat oil in a pot for frying.

4. Moisten the vada maker mold, fill with the batter.

5. When the oil is hot, take the mold and press the lever down to release vada shaped batter into the oil. (If using your hands to mold the vadas, apply some water on your palms. Take a small quantity of the batter and make a ball with it. Now with your thumb flatten it slightly and make a hole in the centre. Carefully slide into the oil) Fry until golden brown.

6. Once done, remove the fried vadas into a paper towel to drain the excess oil.


7. Serve hot with sambar or coconut chutney.


The right consistency of the batter (with less or no water) is very important to get the shape and texture of the vada perfectly.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
Servings: 10

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 106Calories from Fat 22

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 3 g4.6%

Saturated Fat %

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 48 mg2%

Total Carbohydrates 15 g5%

Dietary Fiber 3 g12%

Sugars 1 g

Protein 5 g10%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet