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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Medu Vadai | Black Gram Dumpling | *200th Post*

This happens to be my 200th post on Edible Entertainment! :-) And this is one of my most favorite recipes in the world...
Medu Vadai. (pronounced as May-dhooo V-uh-dye) is a traditional favorite of south Indian, especially Tamil cuisine and is an indispensable part of the menu on festivals.Medu’ means soft, and the dumplings must live up to the name. This is the basic version of the fried snack. There are so many different varieties possible with the same batter.

MEDU VADA RECIPE (Printable Recipe) 
1 cup urad dal (split black gram)
3-4 green chillies, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
3/4 - 1 teaspoon Salt (to taste)
Handful of roughly chopped curry leaves
Oil, for deep frying
1 ziplock bag or a thick plastic cover (like the cover in which we get milk in India) 

1. Wash the black gram (urad dal) well and soak in water for around 2 hours.
2. Drain the water, add it to a mixer / grinder.
3. Add salt, asafoetida, roughly cut chili to the mixer / grinder.
4. Blend to a smooth, sticky batter. (Takes around 15 minutes in my grinder)
5. Add roughly chopped curry leaves and mix well
6. Wet your hands. Take a portion of the batter in your hands and shape it into a round ball. Place it on the plastic zip lock or any cover and shape it like so -
(Making the hole is optional. It just makes the vada more crispy)
7. Heat oil. And slowly, slide the batter out from the plastic cover to the oil.
8. Deep fry it both the sides are golden brown.

9. Drain on absorbent paper.
10. Serve with coconut chutney and sambar!
> You can shape the dumplings without the plastic cover too using your hands. Its just easier with the plastic cover.
> If the batter sticks to your hands, wet your hands before shaping the vadas. You can use a bit of water while shaping the dumpling. (very little!)
> Grind the batter with just enough water to make a soft but not watery dough – as it’s the consistency of the batter that determines how soft and shapely the vadas turn out. If the dough is too liquid-y, your dumplings/vada will absorb a lot of oil while frying (and you don't want that!).
> You can add chopped onions, carrots and so many other vegetables and spices to the batter to make different kinds of vadas.
> Steam them for a healthier version. Although not as delicious as this deep fried version, it is quite tasty. :) (Here's an interesting steamed vada I found)


  1. Congratsulations Kavi on ur 200th post :).. the vada looks fab ..i always never get the hole right & land up making round bajji vadas :D

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  2. Congrats on your 200th post. Vadai looks spongy and soft.

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  3. cograts for 200th post
    vada is looking delicious

  4. Congrats Kavi, yummy vadai....superbly done kavi

  5. Congrats Kavi on your 200th post..way to go dear!! loved your vada and the detailed post..

  6. Congrats on your 200th Post Kavi and Wishes for many more hundreds :-)
    Medu Vada looks perfect, soft n yumm. One of my fav snack..

  7. 1st time here, Kavi! Such an amazing blog! :)

  8. Congrats dear. These look lovely. My kid's favorite.

  9. Congrats Kavi on your 200th post...wonderful crisp vadas looks delicious!

  10. Congrats Kavi, mendu vada looks delicious

  11. My kids have been demanding them since long and I am pushing them off, maybe its time to give in to their demands and make some. Thanks for the info and you will soon see them on my space. Congratulations on the milestone. Wishing you many more.
    Love Ash.

  12. Congrats dear..vada looks perfect n delicious..:)

  13. Hey dear, congrats on your 200th post! Vadas are looking so soft and yummy..
    Thanks for your lovely comments at my space..happy to follow u as well :)


  14. This looks really yummy. The picture looks delicious!

  15. 200th post!!! wow!

    its been 2 years and i haven't yet been able to touch 100 :((

    oh the recipe for vada thanks for sharing. i used to wonder how the hole got into the vada!
    you have explained the steps so nicely in simple words.

  16. Vadai looks so tempting ! Congrats on your achievement ! Way to go

  17. I have never seen this before! For sure it has to be yummy! It's got everything I love!

  18. Thank you for finding my blog and leaving a comment! So glad I found YOURS too! YUMMY! Can you fly on over and make these for us for breakfast?! I'm a bit awkward in the kitchen! LOL. Love all these recipe ideas!

  19. Congrats on your milestone..vada looks crisp n yummy!

  20. Congrats on your milestone and the vada looks scrumptious.

  21. I don't think I am ever going to try making that, but I can admire your beautiful images and imagine their taste! :)

  22. These look like perfect celebration food! Congratulations, 200 - that's a ton!

  23. Congratulations, Kavi. That is a milestone that most bloggers never reach. What a lovely snack you preparedfor us today. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  24. It feels great to meet a blogger from mumbai while i surf from kuwait!!! Amazing place and amazing dishes!!! If u plan to make all of those mumbaiya dishes u wouldnt finish even at ur 2000th post;)....
    Congratulation frnd!!!
    First time here n surely a frequent visitor!!!
    Ur vadais r spongy n fluffy and soft and cushiony( if such word exists...:p)

  25. Kavi,
    Your blog is great!
    Vadais look tempting,...
    Congrats on ur 200 th post.

    following you...

  26. Congratulations !! 200 posts in less than a year ! Wow girl, you really have a collection here !!Great going and thanks so much for such a sweet comment on my blog :)

  27. Congrats on 200th post.Thanks for dropping in my space.Happy to follow you as well!

  28. Congratulations on your 200th post.. and the wadas are looking awesome.. I am drooling here.

  29. Congratulations on your 200th post.. and the wadas are looking awesome.. I am drooling here.

  30. Congrats on the double century. The vada looks perfectly made. Thanks for linking it to ONLY.



  31. Congrats on your 200th post ! These looks really delicious and a great dish to celebrate a milestone ;)Btw , thanks for dropping by at my blog , really appreciate it !

  32. Wow, you are quite an achiever, 200th post, Congrats! I love golden brown fried noshes, I was salivating when I saw your pics!

  33. 200 posts is sheer dedication !!Kudos , from one blogger to another :D

  34. Good job! 200 th post is wonderful land mark in blogging world. Medhu vada is the apt to mark the 200th post. Have fun blogging. I am also following you now.

  35. Congratulations on 200th post.. Thanks for stopping by at my blog. I live in US. I lived in Mumbai for 1 and half year. Medu Vada looks awesome.

  36. Thanks for visiting !! Love the step by step pixs :) looking fwd to spending a lot of time at your blog . have a great weekend

  37. Medhu Vadai can be tricky to make and you executed yours perfectly. Great way to celebrate the 200th post. And thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your lovely comments. Happy following you :)

  38. Hi Kavi, congrat on your 200th post. Love your blog, got lots of nice recipes.

    Your vadai look delicious and appetizing.
    I love this vadai but usually I buy from Indian stores, have not try making it myself. I love to bite the vadai with extra fresh green chillies. yum yum

    Have a nice weekend.

  39. 200th post? :D awesome :D and those vadais' look yummy! :D mouth watering :)

  40. wow..kavi..congrats on your milestone..and wishing you all success..
    vada with yummy dips..lipsmacking..;P

    Tasty Appetite

  41. congrats on ur 200 th mrning i saw my blog...i am very happy beacause i completed 100 followers...thanks kavi became the
    100 th follower..
    meduvada luking awesome...

  42. Congrats on your 200 th post,love meduvada,this looks soft and yummy..
    Loved your blog Kavi,glad I have found this space..happy following you:)

  43. HI, CONGRATS ON UR 200TH POST!!!! Vada is my one of my fav snack. would love to try this. I am thankful for the wonderful comment that u left on my blog. I saw it only now and I am getting a bit better and thanks so much for your concern :)

  44. Hey Kavi, thanks for popping by to my space and your lovely comments, much appreciated! Guess what, we share the same Corelle plate (i have them at home too!). I'm delighted to have found your space and admire your baking skills and time amidst studying:-)

  45. Congratulations Kavitha on your 200th post milestone. Love your vadas so tempting and mouthwatering....

  46. congrats! quite an achievement

  47. Thankyou, for your comments on my blog. Congrats on your 200th post and I have to say, your blog is very interesting.... will definitely keep up with your posts...


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