Navratri Special ~ Vada



Vadas – light and fluffy on the inside with a crisp exterior, packed with flavor, make for a perfect offering to Goddess Durga. This Navratri special Vada recipe is basically a classic South Indian breakfast fare served with sambar and chutney.

Make sure the Vadas are cooked to crispy perfection till a beautiful golden shade is achieved and always serve them warm. Its the crisp exterior that makes the Vadas unique and delightful to savor with hot sambar.

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Vada

Don’t skimp on the pepper corns because there’s something irresistibly delightful about the role they play in these savory Vadas. You will love the pepper-y flavor in each bite of the crispy Vada.

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Navratri festival special ~ Vadai

Vada Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 20 mts, Soaking time: 1 1/2 hrs

Makes: 10-12 vadas

Cuisine: Andhra

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Ingredients:

1 cup whole urad dal/skinned whole black gram dal/minappappu

10-12 black pepper corns, lightly crushed

1/2 tsp cumin seeds, lightly crushed

salt to taste

oil for deep frying

1 Soak whole black gram dal in water for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
2 Strain the water, and grind the dal to a paste sprinkling very little water. Use small portions of dal to grind batch wise as its easier to grind into a soft paste. Add salt, crushed cumin seeds and pepper corns and beat till fluffy.
3 Heat oil for deep frying in a heavy bottomed vessel and heat till piping hot. Reduce flame to medium.
4 Wet your hands with water, take a lemon-sized ball of batter and flatten it into a vada on a greased sheet or banana leaf. Make a hole in the centre of the vada so that it cooks evenly all over.
5 Slowly drop the vada into the hot oil and fry it on both sides on medium flame to a golden brown color. Deep fry 4-5 vadas per batch depending on the size of the vessel.
6 Remove the vadas onto a serving plate. Serve warm while the crust is still crisp and serve warm with chutney and sambar.

Kitchen Tips:

If urad dal or whole skinned black gram dal is soaked for over 8 hours, the vadas absorb less oil and are tastier than the vadas prepared from dal which is soaked for only 2 hours

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Urad Dal Vada ~ Garelu

Navratri Special ~ Vada

  • Prep time:
  • Cook time:
  • Serves: 4

Main Ingredients:

  1. black gram dal

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Vadas – light and fluffy on the inside with a crisp exterior, packed with flavor, make for a perfect offering to Goddess Durga. This Navratri special Vada recipe is basically a classic South Indian breakfast fare served with sambar and chutney.

Sailu

I'm a food blogger, food photographer and organic gardener based out of India. I enjoy cooking for my family using fresh produce from my vegetable garden and farmer's market. I love to try out various cuisines and perfect my cooking skills. I believe that hard work, self-discipline, and a positive attitude cannot help but reap a harvest of fantastic results. Say hello and join me on Pinterest, Google Plus, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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37 Responses

  1. Rosa May says:

    Those vadas look scrumptious and so irresistible!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. Rosa May says:

    Those vadas look scrumptious and so irresistible!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  3. Rosa May says:

    Those vadas look scrumptious and so irresistible!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  4. Looks super delicious and perfect.. beautiful shots too :)

  5. Saritha says:

    Sailu, The close-up of the vadas looked so yummy that I wished I could pick them off the picture and eat them :-)

  6. Saritha says:

    Sailu, The close-up of the vadas looked so yummy that I wished I could pick them off the picture and eat them :-)

  7. Saritha says:

    Sailu, The close-up of the vadas looked so yummy that I wished I could pick them off the picture and eat them :-)

  8. Saritha says:

    Sailu, The close-up of the vadas looked so yummy that I wished I could pick them off the picture and eat them :-)

  9. Saritha says:

    Sailu, The close-up of the vadas looked so yummy that I wished I could pick them off the picture and eat them :-)

  10. Saritha says:

    Sailu, The close-up of the vadas looked so yummy that I wished I could pick them off the picture and eat them :-)

  11. Saritha says:

    Sailu, The close-up of the vadas looked so yummy that I wished I could pick them off the picture and eat them :-)

  12. Saritha says:

    Sailu, The close-up of the vadas looked so yummy that I wished I could pick them off the picture and eat them :-)

  13. Saritha says:

    Sailu, The close-up of the vadas looked so yummy that I wished I could pick them off the picture and eat them :-)

  14. Saritha says:

    Sailu, The close-up of the vadas looked so yummy that I wished I could pick them off the picture and eat them :-)

  15. Saritha says:

    Sailu, The close-up of the vadas looked so yummy that I wished I could pick them off the picture and eat them :-)

  16. Saritha says:

    Sailu, The close-up of the vadas looked so yummy that I wished I could pick them off the picture and eat them :-)

  17. Krithi says:

    Super delicious vadas.. very tempting clicks..
    Krithi’s Kitchen
    Event: Serve It – Steamed

  18. Krithi says:

    Super delicious vadas.. very tempting clicks..
    Krithi’s Kitchen
    Event: Serve It – Steamed

  19. Priya says:

    Delicious crispy vadas looks super tempting..

  20. Priya says:

    Delicious crispy vadas looks super tempting..

  21. Priya says:

    Delicious crispy vadas looks super tempting..

  22. Nishigandha20879 says:

    Superb looking vadas. Very tempting indeed :)

  23. Anitha says:

    What should be the consistency of the Vada batter??

    • Anonymous says:

      It should not be a too thick batter nor runny. For one cup of urad dal, sprinkle 4-5 tbsps of water. When preparing the vada for frying, you should be able to make a ball and flatten it on the sheet or banana leaf. Hope you got what I’m trying to explain. :)

  24. Anitha says:

    What should be the consistency of the Vada batter??

  25. Pr117 says:

    Sailugaru,
    Thanks for the kitchen tip. Till now I’m thinking that vadas need 2,3 hours of soaking only

  26. Lakshmi says:

    Happy Navarathri to you and your family. Thank you for sharing all the festive specials, the pictures are wondeful. The back ground for this and sweet pongal is awesome. You have an eye for details.

    Lakshmi

  27. HP says:

    Very tempting..I wish, I could grab one vada off the screen. Did you use a wet grinder or a mixie for grinding the batter?

  28. Janardhana Sharma says:

    Simply great snack… Thanks for this delight .
    I request you to also add some tips to get Vadas with good texture. Many times they come out hard like rocks !! 😛
    Also , it would be great if you can give tips on what can go wrong for each of these recipes. . To my knowledge , adding a table spoon of curd to the batter while grinding itself will get you very soft Vadas.

  29. Tamenthik says:

    I have made these before but it was not as fluffy as the ones I had when I visited Bangalore and other parts of India. Does adding some soda bicarb make it more fluffy. Thanks for your wonderful recipes.

    Tamenthi

  30. Rukhsana Zubair says:

    Is’nt cooking soda required? i mean how do they get light & fluffy otherwise?

  31. Cecilia says:

    I tried making the vadas today, but I am unable to make the shape as the batter was slightly watery. I had to add very little water while grinding. Any other tips to make the consistency little thicker? Will it help, if I add little urid powder to it? thank you.

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