Black gram dal Vada (Ulunthu Vadai)
Posted on June 20th, 2008 in Snacks by

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Uzhunthu vadai, Medu vadai, Ulunthu vada


  • Urad dal(ulunthu) – 1 cup
  • Onion – 1 ½ cups
  • Green chili – 2
  • Ginger – a small piece
  • Curry leaves – 2 to 3 sprigs
  • Coriander leaves – 3 to 4 sprigs
  • Hing – 3 to 4 pinches
  • Pepper – to taste (freshly ground)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – to deep fry vadai


  1. Soak Urad dal for 1 hour in water.
  2. Grind soaked Urad dal by sprinkling 1/4 cup of water little by little.
  3. Add finely chopped Onion, Green chilies, Ginger, Curry leaves, Coriander leaves, Hing, Pepper and Salt to the Ground Urad dal.
  4. Mix all the ingredients with the ground dal by hand. Let this mix sit for 10 – 15 mins.
  5. Wet your palm with little water. Take a small amount of batter in your left palm, flatten it lightly, shape them into round and make a hole in the center.
  6. Drop it carefully into hot oil, turning once in a while, deep fry till golden brown.
  7. Remove from heat and drain on paper towels.

Goes well with: Chutney, Sambar

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  1. Gayathri said,

    on July 11th, 2008 at 2:36 am

    The vada came very nice. It was like a hotel vada. I had with sambar. Everyone appreciated

  2. Gayathri said,

    on July 11th, 2008 at 2:37 am

    The vada came very nice. It was like a hotel vada. I had with sambar. Everyone appreciated. It was good

  3. umskoms said,

    on July 11th, 2008 at 3:29 am

    It is nice to know that you tried this vada and liked it too. Thanks for taking time to share this with us.

  4. on July 22nd, 2008 at 7:35 am

    [...] well with: Idly, Vadai, Dosa, Ven pongal, White [...]

  5. on December 19th, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    [...] Soak Urad dal for 2 hrs and then grind it as usual for vada. [...]

  6. on January 15th, 2009 at 4:41 am

    [...] Goes well with: Coconut chutney, Sambar and Vadai [...]

  7. swetha said,

    on June 1st, 2011 at 5:17 am

    I Like this vada very much…

  8. on November 29th, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    We are a social institution and would be happy for a cookbook project your image from the Dal Vadai
    , we use our facility to ask permission

  9. Premkumar said,

    on April 11th, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    What is hing? What is ground dal? What is urad dal? Pl dont mix many languages because only very few who know many languages can understand your blog.

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