Medu Vadai

Medu Vada Recipe

Medu Vada is a traditional snack famous  in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu.

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 a traditional food given to young girls to strengthen their backs in the olden days.

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.


  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
  6. Baking soda – a pinch (optionally used for extra softness)
Medu vada ingredients
Medu vada ingredients


  • 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.
  • Chop the onion into small pieces.
  • Grind the soaked dal to get a smooth paste like consistency. Don’t add too much water.
  • Add baking soda now if you are using it.
  • 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


  • Add baking soda only if you see that the vada is hard when you try the first batch., try just one or two vadas at first. When you use soda, it takes more oil.
  • I like this Nonstick Dishwasher Safe Oven Safe Saute Pan for cooking.

Enjoy this tasty snack and let me know your comments!

Also read: Very easy Coconut Chutney Recipe

Medu vada recipe
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About Priyadarshini Rajendran 210 Articles
Priyadarshini Rajendran is a travel enthusiast, avid reader and a passionate writer. She has a few of her books published and is writing more books. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a software consultant taking breaks for her travels. Her blog is her passion and she writes about travel, books and food on the blog. She offers customized itineraries for South Indian destinations.

11 Comments Posted

  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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