Crispy mixed vegetable urad dal vada shallow fried to keep it healthy. Made in a paniyaram pan, these vadas are a very addictive snack. You just can’t stop at one.
A popular South Indian breakfast or snack, these vadas are also known by the names garelu vada, uzhunnu vada and medu vada. Made with urad dal which is rich in protein and the addition of vegetables makes it even more nutritious.
It’s a perfect snack or breakfast for kids and adults alike. If the urad dal is pre-soaked, this breakfast of urad dal vada only takes 30 minutes from start to finish. It does lack the crunch which you get post frying the vada but the taste make up for the crunch.
A simple version of these vadas which are fried are offered as naivedyam or bhog to the almighty during the ganesh chaturthi festival in India. Medhu vada or medu vada are a very common breakfast items in many South Indian restaurants as well. Medu vada is served with sambhar and coconut chutney. You can serve it with anything you fancy. I have served my mix vegetable Urad Dal Vada with green chutney.
For making urad dal vada, the first step is to soak urad dal in water overnight or for 4-5 hours. Once this is done, one has to grind the urad dal with very little water to a smooth paste. I say a paste here because we don’t want a very thick batter which will be dense while frying and we also don’t want thin batter because then it will absorb a lot of oil. Hope this helps decide the consistency. Also don’t leave the batter out for a long time after adding the vegetables and seasoning otherwise the vegetables loose water into the water making it thinner than what it’s supposed to be. Make sure you are ready to fry, before you add any mixed vegetable in the batter.
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Mixed Vegetable Urad Dal Vada
Shallow fried healthy dumplings made with urad dal and vegetables.
- 1 cup Urad Dal (black gram) soaked for 4-5 hours
- 1/4 cup Onion chopped
- 1/4 cup Carrot chopped
- 1/4 cup Coriander chopped
- 1 tsp Garlic and Ginger paste
- 1 tsp Curry leaves shredded
- 2 tbsp Raisins
- 2 tbsp Cashews broken into small pieces
- 1 tsp Cumin powder
- Pinch Asafoetida (hing)
- Salt to taste
- 1 tsp Black Pepper Powder
- Oil to shallow fry
Urad dal should be soaked for 4 to 5 hours prior to making this recipe.
Grind soaked and drained Urad Dal into a smooth paste with as little water as possible.
Now add onion, carrot, coriander, ginger, garlic, curry leaves, raisins, cashews, cumin powder, asafoetida, salt and pepper in the urad dal mixture.
Combine everything together until mixed properly.
Now at this stage, you can fry vadas with this mixture. However, in this recipe I will make shallow fried vada in paniyaram pan.
Heat a paniyaram pan and add very little oil in all the holes.
Now add a spoonful of the batter in every paniyaram hole.
Cover and let the vadas cook. Flip all the vadas to cook from the other side.
Use a little bit more oil if required for the other side to cook.
Once sufficiently cooked or browned, take them out.
Serve these vadas with green chutney or coconut chutney.