How to Make Medu / Medhu Vada - Recipe on FirstCry Parenting

Medu / Medhu Vada

Bite into a crispy medu vada you’ll be left yearning for one more portion of this fried delight. Medu vada is your typical south Indian fare that has a lip-smacking taste and is also easy to prepare. Your kids are going to love digging into the steamy spongy insides of the vada. Enjoy it with green chutney or have it as it is, it’ll never fail to disappoint.
Serves Preparation Time Cooking Time
3 People 20-25 Minutes 30 -35 Minutes


  • 1 cup urad dal (without skin)
  • 2 tbsp corn flour
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1 inch ginger piece
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying


Step 1

Soak the urad dal in water for an hour and grind with not more than 2 to 3 tbsp of water.

Step 2

To this batter add corn flour and mix well. The consistency of the batter should be thick so when you hold it in your palm facing the ground, the batter should not fall off.

Step 3

Finely chop curry leaves and onion and grate the ginger. Mix them with the batter along with salt.

Step 4

Heat oil in a thick bottom deep pan. Drop a pinch of the batter into the hot oil, if it floats, the oil is hot enough.

Step 5

Now, wet your palms and take a clean and small plastic sheet.

Step 6

Scoop a lemon size ball of batter onto the plastic sheet and pat it lightly. Make a hole in the middle with your index. Invert the plastic sheet on your palm and slowly drop the batter into the oil.

Step 7

Fry on medium flame till the vada browns evenly and is cooked well on the inside too.

Step 8

Take the vada out on absorbent paper and serve hot with coconut chutney or mint chutney.

Step 9

You can soak the vada in sambhar before serving. You can also let the vada cool and soak in curd for curd-vada.

Nutritional Information

Calories 638 K cal
Proteins 14 g
5.1 g
Carbohydrates 42.9 g
Cholesterol 12 mg
Sodium 5 mg
553 mg
*For deep frying, add approximately 10 grams of fat per serving, at 9 Kcal/gram of fat.
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