Vegetables Medu Vada - South Indian Style !

Vegetables Medu Vada – South Indian Style !

Recipe by : Ms. Kalyani Kutagolla

Looking for good recipe for this Deepavali (Diwali) ? Then, here is one tasty Medu (soft) vada recipe easy to make. This is kids friendly, as it requires vegetables and less spice. Try this recipe this Diwali day!


  • Urd daal (split black gram) (1 cup)
  • White rice (1/4 cup)
  • Coconut pieces (1/4 cup)
  • Grated carrot (1/4 cup)
  • Green peas (1/4 cup)
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Green chilies – 4 to 5
  • Cooking soda – A pinch
  • Ginger – 2 inches ginger
  • Chopped coriander -1/4 cup
  • Curry leaves – 1 or 2 strings
  • Cut onions – 1/2 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

* One can make 16 vadas from this suggested quantity

Preparation Method:

  1. Soak urd daal and rice for 3 hours.
  2. Coarse grind with less water (1/4 cup) – to get soft vadas grind the batter with just enough water to make soft but not watery dough. When you put the batter on your palm, batter should hold its shape.
  3. Add all ingredients – vegetables, curry leaves, coriander, salt, cumin, black pepper, coconut piece and start frying vadas.
  4. Do not ferment the dough as fermented dough takes more oil. Instead, after adding all the ingredients to dough fry the vadas.
  5. In a deep pan heat oil to medium high heat. (If oil is too hot vadas will turn brown soon but inside content will not cook).
  6. Grease a plastic sheet with oil. Take a bowl of water wet your hands and place a portion of dough over your palm. Make a hole in centre and flatten it to round shape. Then drop it slowly in heated oil, deep fry until vada turns to golden brown color on both sides.
  7. Place them over paper towel to drain excess oil.
  8. Serve hot vadas with coconut chutney.

*This vegetable medu vada can be a good appetizer too – decorate on dining table as it is shown in the image!

 Image copyright : Kalyani Kutagolla (@

Author: HealthyLife | Posted on: November 9, 2015

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