Corn Vada ~ Andhra Style

Corn Vada

corn vada
Corn Vada

Corn Vada is a kid friendly evening snack that is addictive. Its impossible to go wrong with this Andhra style recipe that has Bengal gram as a binding agent along with fresh coriander, onions, green chilis and ginger. Its versatile and adaptable to variations. You can add greens like spinach and methi (fenugreek leaves). Or add peanuts for the crunch factor. Its advisable to use Indian corn that is slightly mature as the tender corn will not work well for preparing the Vadas.

Corn Vada is best eaten wam when its crisp on the outside with a soft and chewy interior. Works well as a starter, finger good or a simple evening snack to go with you chai. If you are looking for some Indian corn recipes that are vegetarian, simple to make and delicious, your go to recipe is Andhra style Corn Vada. ๐Ÿ™‚

Corn Vada ~ Andhra Style

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 4

 Main Ingredients:

  •  sweet corn
  •   bengal gram


  •   Indian corn kernels - 1 cup+1/4 cup
  •   Chana dal - 1/2 cup, soak in 1 cup water for an hour
  •   Onion - 1, medium, finely chopped
  •   Green chillis - 2,
  •   Ginger - 1/2"
  •   Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp (optional)
  •   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsps, finely chopped
  •   Salt to taste
  •   Oil for deep frying

Method for making Corn Vada ~ Andhra Style

Grind the corn kernels (1 cup) and the soaked and drained chana dal, green chilies and ginger to a coarse paste adding about 1-2 tbsps of water.
Remove to a bowl. Add 1/4 cup of boiled sweet corn, chopped onions, coriander leaves, cumin seeds and salt and mix well.
Form lemon sized balls with the mixture. Flatten it on your palm to make a patti shape. Prepare patties with the rest of the mixture. Keep in fridge for 10 mts.
Heat oil for deep frying. Once its hot, reduce flame to medium and slolwy place the patties in the oil and fry them on both sides to a golden brown color.
Serve warm with tomato sauce or any chutney of your choice.


  •   You can add a tbsp of corn flour to the ground mixture.
  •   You can add fennel seeds instead of cumin seeds.
  •   Pudina aka mint leaves also add great flavor to the vada. Add 5-6 leaves.
  •   Do not use the tender variety of Indian corn. Use the slightly mature corn cobs. Peel the corn kernels and do not boil them.
  •   While grinding, do not make a smooth paste but it should be slightly coarse.
  •   If you do not have maize aka Indian corn on hand, use American sweet corn kernels.


Corn Vada, an Andhra style recipe makes for a wonderful tea time snack. Easy to make with minimal ingredients among Indian corn recipes that are vegetarian.
  • Daryl

    Rats! How could I possibly be fresh out of Indian corn, chana dal, and coriander leaves? Guess I can’t make it tonight!

  • Siri

    Very tempting Vadas Sailu !! yummy………..will try this soon.

  • rumana

    very yummy and perfect snack with tea..

  • Manasa Murty

    Perfect sunday snack!! Will definitely make this..

  • Johanna Hussaini

    looks query we deep fry or shallow fry?

    • Deepthi

      if u want to shallow fry boil the chenna and corn before grind them.

  • Ashu

    Can this recipe be tried with american sweet corn kernels?

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Yes, you use American Sweet corn too

  • Jano Duniya

    My Favorite Corn Vada, Always have plesure to eat this…. It’s Very Yummy…..