Apr 242020

Alternative names of Ulundhu vadai /Medu vada

Uddina Vade, Medhu vada, Uddi vada, Minapa Garelu, Uzhunnu vada, Udid Vada, Ulundu Vadai, Urad vada, Ulundu wade, Urdi bara. 😮OMG !! many alternative names. The first time, I am hearing such names. It is one of the popular festive recipes in south India for all special occasions, especially for Diwali.

People say that frying sound should be heard at the home for Diwali. So it is a tradition to make Ulunthu Vadai in that auspicious day. It is an outer crispy & inner soft recipe. We can have this for breakfast along with Idly, Pongal, Dosa or we can have by itself. It is an excellent snack to go with coffee or tea.

Ulundhu vadai

I love ulundu vadai a lot. Before my marriage, my mom used to make it for me. After my marriage, I came to the UAE with my husband So, I started to learn for making the fluffy batter, perfect shape vada, and everything from my mom through video calls. When I tried first, I use to shape vada using a banana leaf or plate. By practicing .. I make the perfect shape with a hole in freehand itself. It is an easy recipe to make.

Come!! I will share with you the step by step method of Making crispy and tasty Ulundu Vadai in a simple way.

Learning and Sharing is real happiness 😃

Ulundhu Vadai


Bhuvana Devi
Prep Time 1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Snack, Veg
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 15


  • Wet grinder/Mixer grinder
  • Pan


  • Cumin seeds -1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper -1/2 tsp
  • Rice Flour- 2 tbsp
  • Urad dal- 1cup
  • Shallots- ½ cup finely chopped
  • Green chili- 2 finely chopped
  • Ginger 1 inch finely chopped
  • Curry leaves finely chopped
  • Coriander leaves finely chopped
  • Salt to taste.
  • Baking soda small pinch


Preparation :

  • Take 1 cup of urad dal (without skin) wash and soak it for at least 1 hour.
  • After the urad dal soaked well .grind it well into a fluffy batter (Add little water and grind well ) Then, Transfer the batter into a bowl.


  • Take a bowl with the urad batter.
  • Add the chopped shallots, green chili, black pepper, cumin seeds, curry leaves, ginger, coriander leaves, Salt to taste, Mix well. Then, add 2 tbsp of Rice Flour in it and mix well. 📌Add salt little bit high (not too).
  • Take a small pinch of baking soda in a spoon, add a few drops waters to dissolve, sprinkle it into the batter and mix well.
  • Turn on the flame Take a pan with enough oil to fry.
  • Dip the right hand into the water and make it wet. (📌 So, the batter will not stick in hand.)
  • Now, Take a batter and make it as a small ball from your hand, press it gently to flatten it, make a hole by pressing in the center of the batter using thump Finger.
  • Now the perfect shape Ulundu Vadai is ready to fry. Drop it gently into the oil and fry it. Then, turn the Vadai to the other side using and cook well. 📌 Note: care should be taken not to over fry it.
  • Repeat the same process with the remaining batter and serve the crispy and tasty Ulundu Vadai with coconut chutney.

Pictorial step by step method of how to make ulundhu vadai :

  • Take 1 cup of urad dal (without skin) wash and soak it for at least 1 hour.
    Ulundhu vadai
  • see , urad dal is soaked well.
    ulundhu vadai
  • Grind well into a fluffy batter. (Add little water for grinding).
    ulundhu vadai batter
  • Add chopped shallots, green chili, black pepper, cumin seeds, curry leaves, ginger, coriander leaves, Salt to taste. Mix well.
  • Then add Rice Flour and mix well.
    ulundhu vadai
  • Take a small pinch of baking soda dissolve it with little water and sprinkle over the batter and mix well.
    ulundhu vadai
  • Turn on the flame, take a pan with enough oil to fry.
    ulundhu vadai
  • To make perfect shape vada , firstly Dip hand in the water, so that the batter won't be sticky
    ulundhu vadai
  • make a ball, flatten and a hole in the center with a thump
    make vadai shape
  • Perfect vada shape
    ulundhu vadai
  • Drop the vada into the oil and cook. Then, turn to the other side and cook well. Drain the oil and serve it .
    drop the vadai into the oil
  • Repeat the same with the remaining batter.
    ulundhu vadai
  • Drain the oil and serve it
    ulundhu vadai
  • Serve the crispy and tasty Ulundu Vadai with coconut chutney
    ulundhu vadai


  1. If, you are using the wet grinder for grinding vada batter, soak it, and grind well, you will get perfect fluffy batter for vadai. (I prefer wet grinder for making vada)
  2. For less quantity, we use mixer grinder for grinding purposes, in such case, soak the urad dal for 1 hour and refrigerate it for another 30 min, then grind it, you will get perfect batter.
  3. Once the batter is ready, start immediately for making vada( Do not store the batter in the refrigerator for later use, vada will consume more oil).
  4. Do not add too much water. At the beginning grind the soaked urad dal, then add water respectively and grind well.
  5. You are in the beginning stage of making vada, take a palm-size banana leaf to apply oil on it, place the batter and shape it and make a hole at the center and gently drop it in oil.
  6. Do not over fry the vadai in the oil. fry, until it turns a golden color.
Keyword Medu vada, Ulundhu vadai

Ulundu Vadai is ready to serve it with love!!!                    

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