Kerala Ulli Vada is a traaditional styled, authentic, tasty, tea time snack very popular in Kerala and surrounding areas. The snack can be easily prepared at home with readily available ingredients. The hot and crispy snack is perfect for rainy monsoon and can be enjoyed over a cup of hot chai or coffee. The nostalgic snack is unique and special with chopped onion blended with flour, spicy ingredients and deep fried into hot crispy, crunchy Onion Vadas. This is a very simple and easy preparation and requires no soaking, fermentation and resting time like parippu vada and uzhunu vada. Onion is nutritious and healthy for body. Basically these snacks are quite similar to onion pakodas and is a popular street food snack in Kerala. Kerala Ulli Vada needs no accompaniment but can also be served with a dash of mint chutney or tomato ketchup.
Whenever I pass through a eatery selling hot Kerala Ulli Vada, I am not able to resist that welcoming aroma. I get nostalgic and emotional and my childhood memories are ignited. I remember those days I used to fight with my brother for a Ulli vada. My mom used to interfere and calm me down. Evenings are meant for cherishing my favorite Onion Vada. Now since I have the recipe, I prepare the snack at home. My family loves Onion Vada especially my kid. A vital point, serve Kerala Ulli Vada hot and crisp. It should not become soggy. That looses the charm and the texture becomes rubbery. In our village, there is a small eatery selling hot Ulli Vada. The supplier wraps the Onion Vada in a newspaper right from the oil. Most of the oil is absorbed on the newspaper. You can explore a well detailed Kerala Ulli Vada here that can be easily prepared at home.