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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 for the batter. Preheat the air fryer for 10 mins at 190 deg C,
  • Place half the batter on a parchment paper with holes, and cook it for 8-9 mins at 190 deg C after spraying oil in between
  • Break the vadai in small pieces .Spray oil .Cook again for 9-10 mins, spraying oil in between . Repeat for the remaining batter
  • 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