An integral part of a typical breakfast plate from South India is this uddina vada. Be it Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh or Kerala, people love these vadas. It is also called as medu vada/ulundu vadai.
Uddina vada is consumed in various ways. It is usually served with soft rice idlis or just plain with tiffin sambar poured over it called as sambar vada. But my favourite combination is Ven Pongal.
The warm pongal with these crisp vadas is simply to die-for. Along with simple coconut chutney these uddina vada are a delicacy. Even pudina chutney tastes great!
These vadas are generally not prepared for festivals instead they feature on menus for ceremonies. But uddina vada are sometimes prepared for specific festivals depending on beliefs and customs. Uddina bonda on the other hand (same batter) are made for any occasion.
The most important factor for crisp uddina vada is the fluffiness of the batter. It needs to be prepared carefully. Remember urad dal should not be soaked more than 3 hours. Sometimes finely chopped onions are also added to the batter for extra crunch on non-festival days.
Carefully follow the steps and you will end up with good crisp vadas. I am not an expert in shaping vadas. You can also use one of those vada shapers you get in shops these days. Here I have illustrated how to shape them by hand.
So why wait? Let’s dive deep into the vadas (pun intended) 🙂
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Try this special uddina bhaat for a different flavour of urad dal!
- ½ Cup urad dal
- 1 chopped chilli
- 1 to 1½ Tbsp cold water
- 1" chopped ginger
- Chopped coriander
- 1 Tbsp grated fresh coconut
- 1 Tsp freshly and coarsely powdered black pepper
- (1/2 Tsp~) Salt to taste
- ½ Tbsp small rava/chiroti rava
- Oil to deep fry
- Take urad dal in a bowl, wash it a couple of times and discard the water
- Soak in fresh water for 2 to 3 hours only. Do not exceed 3 hours
- After soaking time is up, drain water and add into a grinder (mixie)
- Add salt and throw in the chopped green chilli
- Pulse urad dal with 1 Tbsp water. Add about ½ Tbsp more if mixture feels dry and your grinder is not able to process the mixture
- Next add chopped ginger, chopped coriander an grated coconut
- Pulse again till mixture is comes together
- Add black pepper powder and pulse again to mix
- Tip this thick batter into a bowl and add chiroti rava. Beat lightly till fluffy. Let it rest for 5 minutes only
- Meanwhile heat oil on medium flame. Wet your hands
- Pinch a lemon sized ball off the batter and flatten it on your hand
- Now start shaping the vada. Push edges to form an even rounded shape as much as possible
- Make a hole with your index finger
- Gently drop vadas into hot oil
- Fry them on low-medium flame
- Once they turn golden brown and crisp, remove from oil and let them rest for a couple of minutes on a paper towel to absorb excess oil
- Serve immediately with sambar and chutney
Wet fingers help you shape vada better and batter does not stick to your hands
If you find it difficult to shape the vadas, just make uddina bonda (rounds). They will taste the same
Do NOT fry in very hot oil
Add finely chopped onions if preferred
Uddina Vada Stepwise:
Pulse urad dal with 1 Tbsp water. Add about 1/2 Tbsp more if mixture feels dry and your grinder is not able to process the mixture
Tip this thick batter into a bowl and add chiroti rava. Beat lightly till fluffy. Let it rest for 5 minutes only
Once they turn golden brown and crisp, remove from oil and let them rest for a couple of minutes on a paper towel to absorb excess oil