Medu Vada | Uzhunnu Vada | Sambar Vada


Exploring the World of Medu Vada | Uzhunnu Vada | Sambar Vada

Crispy Delights

Embark on a flavorful journey into the heart of South Indian cuisine with Medu Vada, also known as Uzhunnu Vada or Sambar Vada. This iconic dish, beloved for its crispy exterior and soft, flavorful interior, holds a special place in the culinary tapestry of India.

The Allure of Medu Vada

Discover the enchanting world of Medu Vada, a beloved South Indian snack that has captured the hearts of food enthusiasts worldwide. Uncover the art of crafting these crispy, doughnut-shaped delights and the intricate balance of spices that imparts a burst of flavors with every bite. Medu Vada stands not only as a culinary masterpiece but also as a symbol of South Indian hospitality and tradition.

Uzhunnu Vada

Explore the regional variations of Medu Vada, with a special focus on Uzhunnu Vada, as it is known in Malayalam. Immerse yourself in the culinary diversity of South India as we unravel how each region adds its unique twist to this classic snack, celebrating local flavors and culinary traditions.

Sambar Vada

Magical pairing of Medu Vada with Sambar, creates the iconic Sambar Vada. We explore the harmonious marriage of crispy vadas soaked in tangy, flavorful sambar, a combination that elevates the taste experience to new heights.

The Art of Crafting The Crispy Perfection

Uncover the secrets behind crafting the perfect dish. From selecting the finest urad dal to achieving the right consistency in the batter, we guide you through the techniques that ensure a crispy exterior and a soft, fluffy interior. Elevate your culinary skills and bring the authentic taste of South India to your kitchen.

Cultural Significance

Explore the cultural significance of the snack in South Indian households. The savory delights take center stage during festivals, celebrations, and family gatherings, symbolizing warmth, togetherness, and the joy of sharing good food.


As you embark on the journey through the crispy delights of the snack, let the rich flavors and cultural heritage enchant your taste buds. Whether you’re enjoying these snacks as a tea-time treat or as part of a festive feast, the iconic status of Medu Vada in South Indian cuisine promises a culinary experience that transcends mere sustenance.

Medu Vada | Uzhunnu Vada | Sambar Vada

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Indian


  • 2 cups Urad dal Wash and soaked for 2 hours
  • 3 tbsp Rice flour
  • Curry leaves Chopped
  • 1 small piece Ginger  Chopped
  • 2 nos. Green chilly Chopped
  • 1 tsp Sambar powder
  • 1/2 tsp Crushed pepper
  • Salt as reqd
  • Oil for frying


  • Begin to grind or blend the soaked urad dal to a smooth batter. The batter should be fluffy and thick. You can grind in two batches or one lot depending on the capacity and size of your blender or mixer-grinder. Scrape down the sides of the blender as you got to ensure all the lentils gets blended to a uniform consistency. Remove the batter into a big bowl or vessel. Then add 3 tbsp roasted rice flour and briskly whip with a spatula, spoon or a wired whisk for 2 to 3 minutes. Then the batter is kept to ferment overnight or for 5-6 hours.
  • Measure and keep all the ingredients ready for making the batter. To the batter, add the spices and herbs(curry leaves, pepper, sambar powder, onion and ginger). Add salt as required and mix it well.
  • Take a bowl of water. Apply some water from the bowl on both your palms. Take some batter in your right palm from the bowl. Give it a round shape by moving it in a circular position in the right hand. With your thumb make a hole in the center. You can also use banana leaves or zip lock bags to give the medu vada its doughnut shape.
  • In a kadai, heat oil over medium heat. Once the oil becomes hot, slide the medu vada gently into the hot oil. Fry the medhu vadai till crisp and golden. Once the medhu vadai is crisp and golden, then remove with a slotted spoon to drain the extra oil. Fry the rest of vadai in the same manner.
  • Serve Medu Vada or Uzhunnu Vada hot or warm with sambar and coconut chutney. Enjoy!
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