Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ulundu Vadai Recipe - Medhu Vadai Recipe (with VIDEO)

Ulundu Vadai
Ulundu vadai is hubby favorite but I like paruppu vadai than this one. I wanted to try this since long seeing amma making it for years for any festive ocassions. The only problem I face with ulunthu vadai is the perfect round shaped vadas......I wanted to do justice to this post here, so the ones posted here are the ones made by amma. Mine looked more like bonda shaped, you can see the ones at the back hiding ;) he he but sure am trying hard to get it perfect.
Ulundu Vadai

Ulundu Vadai Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 2 hrs soaking time | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Makes : 18 vadas
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Urad dal / Ulutham paruppu (no skin variety) - 1 cup
Green chillies - 1 finely chopped
Small onion - 15 finely chopped
Curry leaves - 2 tsp finely chopped (optional)
Jeera - 1/2 tsp crushed (optional)
Pepper - 1/4 tsp crushed (optional)
Salt - to taste
Water - as required
Curry leaves - few
Hing - a small pinch
Green Chillies -1 long variety chopped roughly

Method:

  1. Soak urad dal for 1 hour at least. Drain water and keep aside (I usually drain the water completely and then sprinkle little by little while grinding , doing so you can be sure of the quantity of water).Now grind it to a fluffy texture sprinkling water now and then. Dont add much water as the batter will become runny. Once the batter is ready, add chopped onions, jeera, pepper, coriander, curry leaves, chillies and required salt to the batter, mix well and keep aside.
    How to make medu vada - Step1
  2. The batter should be thick.Heat oil in a kadai. Take a polythene sheet or milk cover slightly greased with a drop of oil. Wet ur right hand, then make a small ball out of the batter and pat it on the milk cover. Now make a hole in the middle and carefully transfer it to the kadai( It only comes by practise,I havent mastered it too so keep it trying :))
    How to make medu vada - Step2
  3. Fry the vadai in medium flame, turn over to other side once it becomes firm. Take out and drain it in a tissue once it becomes golden brown on both sides.
    How to make medu vada - Step3
You can have it as such or with coconut chutney. My option is to dunk it in sambar and then have it....Yummy combination!! Other than sambar vadai I luv it dunked in payasam, it is another yum combo. I used to reserve vadais at the last for this reason :)
Thats amma making the medu vada :)
Medhu Vadai Recipe

My Notes:

  • Wet ur hands now and then before making balls to avoid stickiness. Once you master this, you can try with simply making vadas with your hands without polythene cover which is messfree too.
  • While grinding, add water little by little, If the batter becomes runny the vadas will drink more oil. For perfect crispy and soft vadas the batter should in correct consistency.
  • Incase your batter becomes runny add little rice flour say 1 -2 tsp not more than that.
We always make this vadai when there is any padayal at home. Other than that, a perfect guest traditional meal is incomplete without this vadai.
Medu Vada

49 comments:

  1. My favourite is also parippu vadam but i love this too and yours look so perfect.

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  2. looks fantastic...the shape is perfect..kudos to ur mom for the perfect vadas..
    Reva

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  3. I like both styles of vadai. I love this one when it is soaked in curd and served as curd vadai or even with rasam :) yummyyyyyy :)

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  4. Medu vada looks perfect and crispy. Love to have with tea.

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  5. Nice vadas...lovely color...and perfect shapes:)

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  6. Supera irukku sharmi.. pls pass me one. Amma's one is super perfect.

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  7. Ohhhhh the vadas look fabulous sharmi. You've got me drooling :)

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  8. Love ulunthu vadai, it is a bit tricky to get the perfect shape but I am able to make them after a bit of advise from our friend.

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  9. wow, love it, can I have 2 or 3 please?


    US Masala

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  10. crispy ulundhu vadai ....my fav vadai tooo

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  11. I love medu vada, and urs's looks amazing!!!

    http://vegetarianmedley.blogspot.com/

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  12. This looks and sounds amazing!

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  13. Feel like munching some, love it with spicy coconut chutney..Yours looks marvellous sharmi..

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  14. Crispy and delicious vadai with some sambar would make me really happy :-)

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  15. wow..vadai looks very perfect and delicious....can I have some from that plate? yum yum yum!

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  16. reminds me of rak's vada! i can never get the donut shape :)

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  17. Want some vadai with chutney please!!! Mouthwatering here ;)

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  18. can t stop myself from grabbing d vada..:)
    Tasty appetite

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  19. Delicious and crunchy ..... and the shapes are super perfect ! Luv the clicks

    Cheers,
    Satrupa

    http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

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  20. I can have them at anytime of the day.. love it.

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  21. Vadai superb,my mom and MIL too uses milk cover to make shape sometimes if they dont get banana leaf :)

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  22. Looks super yum...reminded me of Raks vadai...I can never get the perfect shape :(...

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  23. Looks fantastic!!! Crispy on the outside, soft & delicious on the inside..

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  24. amazing vadai...gives the memory of my amamma..

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  25. One of my favorites. I love to eat it super hot right out of the oil and puff puffing with heat! Looks gorgeous!

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  26. I love ulunthu vadai and my mom makes it so well.. You've got perfect colour on yours... wish I could have some now!

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  27. They look really crispy n spongy...now I m craving 4 dem...:(

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  28. Ulundhu vadai is an art of making like round chapati :) Love the color of ur vadai!

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  29. i'm so bad in frying that i usually burn most of my fingers....must say you are so very good and shape don't worry they are just Perfect :) Happy Pongal

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  30. hi sharmi
    have doubt about fluffy texture, does it mean grind to a fine paste till bubble pops out like how we grind for idli? last time tried in wet grinder with very very little water the same recipe but it became hard from outside but taste was awesome, today again i want to give a try can u help me dear:-)

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  31. @Archana : The batter should be light and fluffy means the batter will have very tiny bubbles if seen very close. Hope this helps! :)

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  32. thanks a lottt sharmilee for such quick response will try today and give u the feedback:-)

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  33. AWESOME! love vada. I think Indian is the best of all fried foods

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  34. Sharmilee.. that looks delicious. I'm from Malaysia and this is my fav indian food since my childhood other than masala dosa. Thanx for this recipe.

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  35. Priyaa RavichandranJanuary 12, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Sharmi thank u for your recipe which even i do in the same method but in this recipe I did not see when u have added salt to it. I wanted to know because after the batter is prepared i add salt and it becomes little runny which does not give me shape and some times i take the batter in the spoon and fry it in the oil. I am waiting for your advice when to add water, while grinding or in the batter.

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  36. @Praiya : Only after the batter is prepared we add salt along with other ingredients like onion, chillies etc. If you feel it becomes runny then while grinding sprinkle very little water just for the sake to avoid the batter sticking to the grinder. Hope this helps!

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  37. Nice Job! :) Have you tried the Wada maker? / DOugh nut maker? I have heard that it gives perfect and identical shape everytime.

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  38. Hey perfect vadas, But trick is getting perfect texture.Please provide me with more inputs on how the batter should be. when i diid it became very hard

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  39. @Bhargavi : Please check mynotes section for more tips....

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  40. hi
    i have made vadas...but my shape comes out bad....how to make a good shape?thanks.Jayanthi.

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    1. Just check the video , I hope it will be helpful!

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  41. best side dish for pongal,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,wowwwwwwwww

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  42. It's been a longtime i have cooked this medhu-vada ur pics tempted me and gonna prepare for this weekend :) Yummyyyyyy pics and love the way u explain the steps so elobrated.

    regards,
    irene of Gift Basket

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  43. Helo sharmi m new follower of ur recipes since ystrday... Thanks for dis recipe... Now i knw d trick to add hole... Is nt to add much water n make it runny... Btw 1 question u mentioned 15 onions by mistake...?? How many large / normal sized onions to use?

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    1. No No its not a mistake...Its 15 small onions

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  44. Hi sharmi, I got inspired by this and made vadas with holes successfully in my first attempt. Also I was successful in making thayir vadas. Thanks a ton!

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