South Indian Vada is a mouthwatering snack which fits into every occasion. It is easy to prepare and good for health. It is prepared from Urad dal and deep fried. Every South Indian Eatery serves this fabulous dish for breakfast. It is generally relished with Coconut Chutney and Sambar. Idli-Vada is the hot favorite combination breakfast in the South.

Here is the authentic vada recipe to make perfect Vada and Chutney at home. 


Ingredients Required for Vada

  • Two Cups Urad Dal
  • Few Coconut Pieces
  • Green Chillies 4
  • Black Pepper
  • Asafetida
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves finely chopped

Method :

Soak Urad dal in water for 1½  hours after washing it thoroughly. Grind this to a thick paste adding little water. It should be ground to a smooth paste and the batter should be thick. To this add finely cut green chilies, Coconut cut into small pieces (this is optional), and Black pepper ground to a rough powder, asafetida, and salt. The dough should be thick and smooth so that you can bring it to the shape of vada with your hands.

Preparation :

Put oil in frying pan. When the oil is hot, take about a teaspoonful of Vada mix by hand, make it to round shape, make a hole in the center and put it in oil. Fry till golden brown on medium flame.

Serve hot with Chutney

For Chutney

Requirements :

  • Half coconut grated
  • Fried gram 3 tablespoons
  • 4 chilies, coriander/ pudina leaves
  • Curry leaves
  • Tamarind paste 1 small spoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Asafetida 1 pinch.


Fry the chilies in little oil, add asafetida and curry leaves at the end, fry for 1 min. Grind the fried gram to a power in a dry mixer jar, then add all other ingredients and grind to a homogeneous mixture with water. Put it in a bowl and garnish with coriander leaves.


  • Finely chopped Onion or Pudina can be added to Vada Mix to get a different taste.
  • If the batter is not as thick as required, you can add a spoon of rice flour to make it thick.


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