Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Vada Curry Recipe | Vada Curry for Idli Dosa

Vada Curry Recipe
Vada Curry / Masala Vada Curry or popularly called as Set Dosa Vada Curry - One of the famous south indian gravies that serves as a side dish for idli, dosa, pongal etc. It is very addictive if you like masala vada and it is sure a winner to me. I agree it takes time to prepare the vadas first then get on to make the gravy but am sure it is worth the time, it tastes that good.Now lets get on to make vada curry :)
Vada Curry Recipe

Vada Curry Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Chana dal - 1 cup (soaked for 1 hour)
Fennel(Sombu) seeds - 1 tsp
Dry red chillies - 2
Salt - to taste

For the gravy:

Onion - 1 medium sized chopped finely
Tomato - 2 medium sized
Ginger Garlic paste - 2 tsp
Red Chilli powder - 2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Coriander leaves - 1/2 tbsp

To temper:

Oil - 1 tbsp
Cinnamon stick - 1' inch
Cloves - 2
Bay leaf - 1
Green Chillies - 1
Curry leaves - few
Note : You can use leftover masala vadas too


  1. Boil tomatoes until the skin starts to split.Peel off the skin and puree it.Keep aside.
    How to make vada curry - Step1
  2. Soak chana dal for 2 hrs.Then grind it along with red chillies and fennel seeds to a coarse paste.Add required salt and mix well.
    How to make vada curry - Step2
  3. Form small patties and steam cook for 10-15mins until soft.Toast it in tawa until roasted(this step is purely optional),set aside.Else you can deep fry them too.Heat oil add cinnamon,cloves,bayleaf, green chillies and curry leaves.
    How to make vada curry - Step3
  4. Add ginger garlic paste, saute till slightly browned.Then add tomato puree along with required salt,turmeric,coriander and red chilli powders fry for few mins till the masala blends well .Add 3/4 cup water and allow it to boil.
    How to make vada curry - Step4
  5. Add the vadas at this stage and allow it absorb the gravy well and become soft. Simmer for 5mins.Garnish with coriander leaves and switch off.
    How to make vada curry - Step5
Serve with hot steamed idli / kal dosa....best combo! I loved to have it as such too and thats how I emptied half of it :)
Vada Curry for Idli Dosa

My Notes:

  • You can make small patties and deep fry them too.Steaming and toasting works well too.
  • The vadas should get soaked well and get well blended with the gravy. The vadas should start to break and this makes the gravy even more thicker.
  • Left over masala vadai can be used for this too.
  • Adding tomato puree gives a nice tangy flavour so to compensate I added 2 tsp of red chilli powder, adjust spice level accordingly.
Vada Curry Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. You have done a healthy version Sharmi, usually at home we used to fry them like vadas and then add this to the curry... :) beautiful clicks

  2. I have tried urad dal vada curry,this looks so delicious,will surely give this a try

  3. thank god u didnt deep fry it ! loved its steamed :) i do the same !

  4. Looks very yum!!! You have got me hungry :)

  5. Awesme steps Sharmi luks simple n gr8 hav been waitng for dis recipe frm U...:))

  6. Lovely Vada Curry... a nice recipe from South India.

  7. Looks so tempting... Yum yum yum

  8. I really liked the way it looks...you gave me some new ideas for future recipes! Thank you.

  9. healthy and yummy version of vada curry...tempting pics :)

  10. Awesome...love it!!!


  11. Love this all time...

  12. Looks yummy.Its been a long time i made this. U tempted me :)

  13. steaming vadas is a great idea....loved ur vada curry....:)

  14. steaming vadas is a great idea.....loved vada curry..:)

  15. loved the pics n the new method of steaming-roasting !yummmmmm

  16. Loved the clicks, vada curry looks tempting!!

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  17. Nice recipe.. My mom makes something similar parupu urundai kulambu

  18. Never would have thought of having this curry with idlis! Curry looks really good!

  19. Idlis or dosas, with this vada curry i can have it anytime.

  20. Lovely vada curry....delicious looking and very inviting...

  21. Somehow i live this with rotis than idli and sambar. Love your version and clicks

  22. being a north indian, for the first time i come to know about this recipe, interesting, i will surely try this.

  23. I love vada curry and this steamed version looks great!

  24. I steam the mix too and this is one of my favorite side dishes for idli. Vada curry goes well with chapatis too.

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  25. Vada curry looks very inviting and delicious..

  26. Hi, Going to give a try, wil it suit for Aappam?...

  27. my vadai turned out hard. That means did i steamed it more. I also toasted it with oil.

    1. May be becos of oversteaming but it doesnt matter as anyways if it gets soaked well in the gravy, you will not find it hard.

  28. The dish came out so good and it was so quick and easy to prepare . I just cooked the vadas it in steam and it was so tasty . Thanks for posting it .

  29. Hi mam. any prob in ur site? coz i can see potato, carrot, jaggery and tamarind juice in ingredient list or Enaku than apdi view agudha?

    1. It was a typo thanks for notifying...have updated it now :)


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