Cookbook:Medu Vada (South Indian Savory Lentil Donut)

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Medu Vada (South Indian Savory Lentil Donut)
Category Indian recipes
Servings 4
Time minutes

A vada is a savoury South Indian doughnut made from lentils (or sometimes potatoes). This is a recipe for medu vada.



  1. Wash and soak urad dal for six hours.
  2. Grind into a fine paste.
  3. Add salt, asafoetida, curry leaves, cumin powder and crushed peppercorns to the batter and mix well.
  4. Heat oil in a kadai.
  5. Wet your palms and take batter into the palms.
  6. Shape into balls and make a hole with the thumb in the centre like a doughnut.
  7. Deep-fry this in medium hot oil until golden brown and crisp.
  8. Serve hot with sambhar and coconut chutney.

Medu vada is also commonly accompanied by idli.