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medu vada
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Urad dal vada | Medu Vada ( Air fry / Fry )

Medu vada is best paired with a huge bowl of idli and chutney.You can make it with or without onions.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Snacks
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: garelu recipe, medu vada recipe, medu vadai, medu wada, meduvada, meduwada, menduvada, urad vada
Servings: 4


  • kadai/wok/frying pan
  • Mixer grinder/blender
  • or air fryer for low oil version


  • 1 cup urad dal split black lentils,soaked for 4 hours/overnight
  • 1 onion medium finely chopped
  • Few sprigs of coriander leaf ,finely chopped
  • few sprigs of curry leaves
  • 8-10 black peppers crushed
  • 1 green chilli optional ,finely chopped
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tablespoon rice flour optional
  • Oil for frying


  • Grind the urad dal in a mixer grinder with minimal water.
  • Pulse it with minimal water to form a smooth batter.
  • Add all ingredients and mix well. In case, batter is too watery,add rice flour to it.

Frying (Traditional method )

  • Heat oil in a kadai/saucepan.
  • Take a small portion of dough and lower them slowly in hot oil with/without hole.
  • On a medium flame, fry them until golden brown.

How to make medu vada in air fryer?

  • Follow steps 1-3 to make the batter as above.Add 1 teaspoon oil to the batter. Pre-heat the air fryer for 5 mins at 170 deg C.
  • Brush/spray oil into these muffin tins,spoon the batter into metal muffin tins.
    Air fry for 9-10 minutes at 170C | 340F .
  • Spray/brush oil on top and continue to cook for 4-5 minutes , total cook time of 13-14 minutes.
  • The metal tins are quite hot at this point, leave aside for few minutes and scoop ou the vada with a spoon,Serve mendu wada hot with coconut chutney or tomato pachadi.


Tip:There is an easy trick to make those round wadas with a hole using a tea strainer, just search on youtube for this.


Serving: 1g