Medu Vadai

Medu Vada Recipe

Medu Vada is a traditional snack unique to Tamil Nadu, South India. It forms part of breakfast for many people. It is common to have Idli and Medu vada together with coconut chutney for breakfast.

This vada is not only super tasty but also healthy. It is given to young girls to strengthen the back. But as it is deep-fried, it is best to consume moderately.

Medu vada is a three-ingredient snack, so, it is very easy to make. Here is a simple recipe to make Medu Vada.


Medu vada ingredients

  1. Urad Dal (Black Gram) – 1 cup
  2. Pepper corns (melagu/miriyalu) – 15
  3. Onion – 1 big
  4. Cooking oil – 300 ml
  5. Salt – as needed


  • Wash and soak the urad dal for 2 hours. If  you use hot water to soak it, one and half hours soaking time is enough. I use this Organic Urad Dal
  • Chop the onion into small pieces.
  • Grind the soaked dal to get a paste like consistency. Don’t add too much water.
  • Mix the pepper and chopped onion in the batter.
  • Heat the oil in a deep-bottomed pan.
  • Take some batter in your hands and make it flat, make a small hole in the center and drop it in the oil.
Medu Vada
Deep fry the vada
  • Fry the vada till it turns a crisp golden brown.
  • It is best served hot with coconut chutney
Medu Vada
Medu Vada

Enjoy this tasty snack and let me know your comments!

Medu vada recipe
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  1. Medu vada is one of my fav Indian recipe especially when prepared in South Indian Restaueant. Thanks for sharing all the ingredients and tips

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