Monday, January 3, 2011

Meduvada / Uzhunnuvada

With the new year on, I thought of a new beginning for my blog. Why not I invite some of the good cooks I know to share their special recipes with my readers? The first guest I have here is my aunt, Gadha - she is my mom's youngest sister. She is a career lady who expertly juggles her office and home responsibilities admirably - in short a super-woman. This is one of her many mouth watering recipes that I had the privilege of enjoying - and which she so graciously agreed to share with Sugar'N Spice.
The meduvada or Uzunnu vada as it is called in Kerala is a doughnut shaped savory dish taken as a snack by itself or forms part of a more elaborate breakfast - typically along with dosa or idlis. This is a traditional recipe with a modern twist- to suit the fast paced life of today.
Urad dal soaked in water for 4 hrs -2 cups
MTR vada mix (you can substitute with other brands)-1 pack
Hot green chillies (chopped fine)-10
Onion (medium size) -1 (chopped fine)
Ginger (chopped fine)-1/4th of an inch
Black pepper crushed -1tsp
Curry leaves -2 sprigs
Vegetable oil for deep frying-3 cups
Salt as required
Grind the soaked dal to a fine paste using as little water as possible, you can add water to the blender as needed, little at a time.  Mix it with the rest of the ingredients including the vada mix.  Set aside for 10 minutes.  Heat up the oil in a deep pan. When the oil is really hot, take a small amount of the vada mixture (size of a lemon), wet your left hand with water, put the ball on your left palm, touch the water again with your finger and make a hole in the middle of the ball and carefully transfer it to the hot oil, add 3 or 4 more of vadas to the oil, turn it occasionally to make it light brown.  Transfer it to a platter with paper towel.  Serve it hot with coconut chutney or Sambar.


  1. Merhabalar, ellerinize, emeğinize sağlık. Çok leziz ve iştah açıcı olmuş.


  2. Vidhya,thanks for stopping by at my blog ,I appreciate your comments. You are doing some great cooking here....I love the medhuvada,they look so spongy,I make these but without the hole:( Yours look perfect:)!!!

  3. Wow my favorate vada....its so tough to make those holes....yours have come out so well...
    great work


  4. Perfect looking vadas..My fav..

  5. Ive been craving these for a while! the idea of using the mix and adding some urad dal and spices to it is fabulous! 3 cheers for you super-aunt!


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