Medu Vada (soft vada) is very popular in South India as breakfast and snack. Try this easy recipe for these fried fritters. Made with split black gram, medu vadas are crunchy on the outside and soft inside and make a great picnic food.
Cooking Time: 30 minutes (excluding the soaking time for dal)
- 1 1/2 cups urad dal (split black gram)
- Vegetable Oil for deep frying
- Salt to taste
- Soak the urad dal for 3 hours.
- Drain the water and in a blender, grind into a thick, smooth batter, adding only a little water. The batter should not be watery.
- Add the salt when you’re ready to fry the vadas.
- Heat oil in a deep frying pan.
- Keep a bowl of water handy. Take a plastic sheet (or ziploc bag) and brush some oil on it, and then place a small golf-sized ball of the batter on it, flatten it a bit, and make a hole in the center, as in a doughnut.
- Drop it into the pan.
- Repeat with the remaining batter, reduce the heat to medium, and fry the vadas until golden brown.
- Serve the medu vadas with hot sambar and coconut chutney or ginger chutney.
Salt makes the batter watery, making it difficult to make the balls for the vadas. So add salt to half the batter first, and when you’ve used all of this, then add salt to the remaining batter.
For grinding lentils and grains, use a high-powered blender that can grind these to a smooth consistency without getting overheated quickly.