Wednesday, July 11, 2012

ULUNDU VADAI RECIPE | MEDHU VADAI RECIPE

 urad dhal vadai
  Ulundu vadai  or medhu vadai i wanted to post for a long time, but somehow whenever i make vadais that will be during pooja time or many times i make when i have guests. As my mom is with for here for a week i have a good reason to make ulundu vadais and she patiently waited and had the vadais after i finished clicking the pictures.We enjoyed vadais with hot filter coffee enjoying the rainy weather.
This time my vadais doesn’t came out so fluffy as the quality of urad dal was not very good. Always use good quality of urad dal.

INGREDIENTS( YIELDS 20- 25 VADAIS)
WHOLE URAD DAL 1 AND 1/4 CUP
GREEN CHILLI 3-4 NO
SALT AS NEEDED
ASAFOETIDA 1/4 TSP
CURRY LEAVES FEW
CORIANDER LEAVES FEW
GINGER A SMALL PIECE(OPTIONAL)
SHALLOTS 10-12 NO
WATER(TO GRIND) APPROX 1/4 CUP
OIL FOR FRYING
VADAI
METHOD:
  • Soak the urad dal for an hour . I usually add the green chillis while soaking.
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  • Drain the water completely.
  • Grind the urad dal along with green chillies , asafoetida,curry leaves, ginger(if adding) and coriander leaves.
  • Normally wet grinder is most preferred for making ulundu vadai.
  • While grinding the vadais do not add too much of water as we normally add while grinding idli dosa batter.
  • Just sprinkle water. Else the vadas will drink too much of oil.
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  • I just added extra curry leaves.
  • Peel of the skin of the shallots and finely chop them.
  • Pulse the onions in the mixer and add this to the grind urad dal.
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  • Normally my mom uses banana leaf for making the round shapes.
  • Here i used a zip lock cover.
  • Just before making the vadas add salt to the batter, never add while grinding else the batter will become watery.
  • While making vadais keep a cup of water in a wide vessel .
  • Just wet your hands (before making each vadais) and take a medium ball sized batter in your hand and place it in the zip lock cover.
  • Just pat the batter slightly and make a hole in the center.
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  • Heat the oil in a pan.
  • The oil should be very hot.
  • Just carefully place the vadais in the batter and keep the flame in medium.
  • Flip it over after 2 minutes and fry till golden brown.
  • If the oil is not hot the vadais will drink more oil and if it is very hot the inside portion will not get cooked.
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  • Drain it in a kitchen towel.
  • Repeat the same process for rest of the batter.
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  • Enjoy hot , crispy vadais with coconut chutney and Sambar.
vadai
Note:
  1. If using mixie for grinding the urad dal use the pulse option .
  2. For more quantity always use grinder else the heat generated while grinding in the mixie will not make the vadis fluffy.
  3. Always grind the batter smoothly into a fine paste, else the vadais will become hard and rubbery.
  4. Do not soak urad dal for more than 2 hours , else the vadais will drink too much of water.
  5. If by any chance the batter turns watery just add a tblsp of rice flour.
  6. My mom usually add a tblsp of rice while soaking the urad dal. This will give more crispy vadais.
  7. Just skip the onions if you are making for poojas

48 comments:

  1. lovely & crisp delicious vada..love it with a cup of tea,made perfect!!

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  2. crispy delicious vada looks wonderful

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  3. Looks perfect and delicious..

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  4. lovely one ... but if u add two tsp of rice in the urad while soaking .. it wont absorb oil... and also crispyness will be there.. amma solluva :)

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    1. Hi aparna
      Even my mom also adds rice. I have mentioned this in the notes too

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    2. it would be helpful if you could be clear about that soaking rice with urad.. which rice u meant??

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    3. The rice is the normal rice which we use for eating everyday. Soak along with urad al and grind

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  5. So crisp and yumm! Loved the clicks :)

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  6. medu wada with sambar is all time favorite..looks delicious

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  7. Wow vada looks nice and crisp,never tried adding onions,should give a try now...

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  8. Vada looks perfectly done. I have never added green chilli while soaking the dal will try next time.

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  9. Who will say no to this super yummy vadas, love to have some rite now.

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  10. wow well made.. hole in the center has come out well..

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  11. beautiful click..looks delicious

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  12. Mouthwatering vadas...very nicely explained...nice clicks too

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  13. I am feeling hungry now.. wadas look so yummy

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  14. Anytime fav vadai..makes me hungry now seeing ur pics:)

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  15. Vadai with filter coffee, that line is so tempting..

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  16. WOW feel like grabbing from the screen,my all time fav,too good

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  17. OMG, I just love this vadai dipped in chutney and will forget my whole world! :)

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  18. WOW!! Vada with coconut chutney is a perfect break fast combo..

    I blog @ Manidipa's Kitchen

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  19. Even will follow the same method. In addition, will ad 2 spoons of Rice flour for crispy outcome. Thanks for sharing this...

    http://recipe-excavator.blogspot.com

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  20. delicious vadas..yummy

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  21. I love dropping by to drool over your latest creations and today I'm featuring this post in Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and it's always a pleasure following you…

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  22. Hi Jeyashri
    Came to your beautiful and yummy blog via pinterest. Love all your recipes and i am hooked to your blog now. Keep posting yummy recipes.

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  23. here u mentioned salt as ingredient but where did u add it ?

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    1. Hi lakshmi,
      Thanks for the query. You have to add salt just before making the vadas,updated in the post too.

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  24. Hi
    I love Vadas..I always prepare it n every time i fail in obtaining the shape of vadas..finally end up with ball shape...This procedure of urs will surely help me i guess ...is there any other method for shaping...The snaps of vadas looks soo..good ,crispy...loving it....:-)

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    1. Hi,
      Shaping of vadas actually needs little practice . Just wet your hands with water slightly and start making shapes, don't worry i have learnt this after so many odd shaped vadas!!!

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    2. Hi Jeya,

      Thank u..
      Pls upload thir vadas receipe for me....:-)


      -DeepthiSachin

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  25. Love the crispy vadais and I can feel the crunch from the pictures itself! The tips in the final Notes section is very useful! :- )
    -Divya
    TastyVegCooking

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  26. Just tried the vadas for the first time, came out superb! Thanks a bunch!

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  27. hi jeyashri,
    when I searched for vadai in your blog, i couldnt reach this page. but somehow i found this recipe and the vadas came so tasty but yes i failed in getting round shape particularly with a whole in center. how do u drop the vadai into oil from the ziplock cover? by again taking in hand or just flipping it in oil? Thanks for yummy recipes

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    1. thanks for the message, i think there is a technical problem with " search". Partially working only.
      Reg the shape of vadas, i do the way of taking it in hands from ziplock and put it in the oil. since we grease our hands with water if we directly flip in oil the excess water will ooze out.
      Again if u do it directly as the oil is hot the zip lock cover tend to melt too.
      the shape u get absolutely by practise only.
      Thanks for visiting and keep visiting for more recipes

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  28. Hi Jeyashri,
    Just finished making some really nice vadas (except for the shape of-course)...Thanks to your recipe..:)

    Next Im gonna try your boondhi Laddu recipe..Await update...

    Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thank you so much for the feedback. Waiting to hear from you:-)

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  29. Really appreciate the tips at the end of the recipe. ..that is the highlight. ..finally I was able to make crispy vadais. Thanks jayashri

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  30. I love this post! I stumbled onto it.
    I don't know that soaking too much of time will result in poor vadai.
    i use to soak at night.
    I grind it in mixer next day.
    so i get very poor vadai
    But now, after seeing ur article, I realise my mistake
    Soon i will correct it

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  31. Thanks for the vada recipe. I tried vada for the first time and it tasted really crispy and good. But then my vadas were of improper shape. Is there any other way to get the right shape?

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    1. Thanks for trying. Shapes you get only by practise. You wil get for sure

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  32. Hi tried the vadai recipe yesterday for my kids it turned out soft and fluffy and my kids loved it. Thank u. Am trying out something everyday and am ur fan now :-)

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  33. Loved your recipe.
    Do you also have recipes on facebook?

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  34. Tinsha i do have a facebook fan page in the name jeyashri's kitchen

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