Uzhunnu vada | Urad Dal Fritters

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Long time friends….!Its been a long while since I posted anything on my Blog..Sometimes life and our dear ones keeps us soo busy..we dont get time for any thing..

Today my post is of a simple and very easy Uzhunnu Vada,a typical of the Kerala naadan chaya kadas(Tea stalls)..Deep inside of every Malayali,an evening is perfect with a cup of tea and choodu(hot) Uzhunnu Vada..I have been making this for the past 5 years..This is a very easy recipe even for a beginner and it makes perfect Vadas.Try it out!



  • Uzhunnu Parippu/Urad Dal/Black Gram Dal – 2 cups
  • Rice Flour – 2 1/2 tbsps(optional)
  • Onion chopped – 1/4 cups.
  • Green chillies – 2 chopped finely.
  • Black pepper corns – 2 tbsps(whole)
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs.
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece(finely chopped).
  • Baking soda – 1 pinch
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying.


  1. Soak Black Gram Dal/Urad dal in water for about 1 hour.
  2. Drain the water away after 1 hour and grind in a grinder,without adding water,until you get a fluffy and thick paste.Incase your grinder doesnt grind well,sprinkle a little water and grind to get a batter as thick as possible.
  3. Now transfer this batter to a bowl and stir with a spoon just once.To this batter,addRice flour and mix well with spoon to avoid any lumps.Then add chopped onion,green chillies,Whole Black pepper corns,curry leaves,chopped ginger,Baking soda and salt and mix well.
  4. Heat oil for deep frying.
  5. Wet the palms of your hand and Take a little batter(half a hand full) in your palm,make into a round ball shape,gently flatten it,make a hole with one finger and gently drop it into the oil with care.Remember to wet your palm each time you flatten the batter in your palms.
  6. Fry till golden brown on both sides,alternating the flame from high to medium.
  7. Drain the excess oil on a kitchen towel.Serve hot with Sambar and Chutney and a hot cup of Coffee/Tea and Enjoy!


  1. Adding Rice flour makes the Vadas/Fritters crispy.
  2. You can add grated carrot to the batter to make it nutritious.

3 thoughts on “Uzhunnu vada | Urad Dal Fritters

    Aruna Panangipally said:
    December 1, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    There is nothing more satisfying than a crisp freshly fried Vada, is there? Your Vadas look so perfectly crisp and golden.

    Violets&Vanilla said:
    December 2, 2014 at 3:38 am

    That looks so good!

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