Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Uzunda Vadai ( Urad Dhal Savoury Donuts)


Uzunda Vadai is a popular savory snack in South India.  You can get these vadas from top end restaurants to a normal tea stall.  Somehow I always enjoyed the fresh home made vadas than the shop bought one.  Home made vadas are always light, fresh and crisp.  A combination of freshly ground urad dhal with a touch of spices and herbs forms this savoury donuts.


  Urad dhal is a highly nutritious dhal which is also good for diabetics.There are so many different types of lentils available sometimes it's hard to remember them and identify them.  You won't beleive if I say I started identifying the different types of lentils only after getting married that too with the name in the package. When I was a little girl I always get confused with chana dhal and toor dhal, silly me isn't.  I know they have a hell lot of difference.   Don't worry now I'm familiar with all different types of lentils, that's why I'm here to post this recipe.

This popular Indian Donuts can be enjoyed along with your morning breakfast or as a evening snack with some coffee or tea.

Preparation: 30 minutes+ soaking time
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Makes about 15 to 20 vadas

Ingredients:
Urad dhal- 150 g
Shallots- 3 finely chopped
Ginger- 1/2 inch piece finely sliced
Whole black peppercorns- 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves- 1 tbsp finely chopped
Salt as required
Oil for frying

Method:
Soak the urad dhal in water for 2 to 3 hours.  Grind the urad dhal into a paste by adding very little water.  The consistency should be very thick.  Let the batter rest for 1 or 2 hours.  Beat the batter well with a spoon.  The more you beat you get more fluffier vadas.  Add the finely chopped shallots, coriander leaves, ginger, pepper and salt.  Mix the batter well.
Heat the oil in a kadai.  Place a small amount of batter in a aluminium foil or banana leaf.

 Wet your hands, make a small hole in the center with your finger.  Remove the vadas from the foil and drop it in hot oil.  To check the oil is hot enough, drop a small batter in the oil and it should come bubbling on top.  Fry the vadas on both sides until they look golden brown in colour.  Serve hot with chutney and sambhar.
Note:
The oil should be at right temperature, if the heat is too low it'll get soaked in oil and if it's too high it'll burn.  So make sure you fry it at the right temperature as I mentioned above.

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72 comments:

Prathima Rao said...

I still get confused with the dals!!!! The vadas have been made to perfection ayeesha :)
Prathima Rao
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purabi naha said...

These are my favourite south-Indian food! Love these so much. I am saving this recipe to make some and surprise my family this weekend!! Thank you for sharing this unique recipe.

Shobha Kamath said...

The vadais look so good, I was tempted to steal a bite :) My favourite snack too.

Prathibha said...

love medu wada.looks delicious..:)

Vegetarian Zest said...

Amazing vadai and lovely combo. The picture is so inviting that I feel like coming to your place.

An Open Book said...

one of my absolute fav snack :)

Shobha said...

Yummy vadas..lovely golden colour...fried to perfection. I can see some idlis too..now this is really tempting me.

Chik Mimi said...

hubby's fav,but i'm fail to do it

Mugdha said...

perfect and yummy vadas...:)

Rekha shoban said...

wow!!beautiful presnetation n click!!perfect vadai and with yummy chutney!

Deeksha said...

Vadas look crispy and yummy!

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

Love this !! perfectly done garelu !!

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Sweet Artichoke said...

Your vada look so fluffy and tasty! It is pourring rain outside and I am now dreaming of munching some of them :-)

Chandrani Banerjee said...

This vada is my fav. Vada is a perfect healthy breakfast/snacks. Nice presentation..

julie said...

Yummy yum uzhunnu vadai..my hubby's fav..perfectly done dear!!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Super aayitindallo....cute little holes too...

lena said...

dhal donuts?! sounds intriguing! i must check if the indians stalls over here have this..

Nithu Bala said...

Delicious and perfect vada..

Saraswathi Iyer said...

Looks perfect and delicious.

Suja said...

My favorite tea time snack..yummy

Authenticoriyafood said...

Beautiful vadas!!!! Though a regulat recipe, it takes some amt of expertise to get it perfect!!!

S.Menaga said...

எனக்கு ரொம்ப பிடித்த ஒன்று,ப்ரெசண்டேஷன் ரொம்ப அழகாயிருக்குக்கு....

Saru Singhal said...

looking so yumm...:)

Vimitha Anand said...

Perfectly done ulundu vadas... Would great with sambar...

Kalpana Sareesh said...

One of the best invention of mankind n it so perfectly done n presented mine is never so perfect..

That Girl said...

I love the idea of a savory doughnut

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Perfectly done... lovely table setting..

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schmetterlingwords said...

Ulundha vadai makes me just drool at it.. Served on the vazhai ilai with chutney and sambar... absolute perfect way to delight a guest!! :-)

Neha said...

Beautiful pics...Its early morning here and I really wish to have such a wonderful vada for my breakfast....

Junia said...

wow! indian donuts - this look amazing!!! making donuts to begin with is really hard, especially when fried. kudos to you!

aipi said...

Delicious n addictive vadais ~ love that spread :)
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Shanavi said...

WOW..mOUTHWATERING AND A BEAUTIFUL PRESENTATION DEAR..

Ruth said...

This looks lovely! So crunchy and spicy!

SavithaRaj's Spice Land said...

Love the presentation and the accompaniments that u prepared along with these vadas.
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Nithya said...

Delicious to the core. This is my most favorite vadai and I love the name savory donut for it :) :)

Biny Anoop said...

hey dear....love uzhunnu vadas...always bad at making holes....will try ur ideas...u know i have burnt my index finger once... accidently dipped the finger with the vada.urs is perfect

kankana said...

oh dear you made my fav south Indian snacks. Thanks for this recipe so much.. you are inspiring me :)

Amritha Kalyani said...

woowwww. looks so crunchy. love the chutney and sambar. with the vazha ilai.. the smell will b great when folded in the banana leaf . looks yummm...

Indu said...

Like uzhunnu vada very much myself, very nice snaps as always, and agree with you on the dal. I still identify dal by the name on the package, they are so many similar looking ones !

Sharmilee! :) said...

Crispy vadas..looks super yumm

Seema Kamath alias Seema Abbas Ali said...

Hey Ayeesha,

That's a complete South Indian breakfast platter. Lovely presentation!!!

Regards,
Seema
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Vidhya said...

Vadai looks so crispy and well made.

アンゼエリン said...

Wow...u made it urself? this is always my fav snack...i just love to eat and it is healthy snack too.

Angeline

Yummy Team said...

WOW!! What a lovely presentation!! They look so perfect and tempting..

Umm Mymoonah said...

Thank you dearies for all your lovely comments

Lavanya Selvaraj said...

Vadas look perfect and excellent clicks.

I recently posted a recipe for Mini Mango Cheesecake . Please have a look at it when you have time.

-Lavanya.
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Belly Good Cooking said...

These vadais look yummy. Guess it's the type that I used to eat a lot as a teenager. The Indian stalls outside my school compound used to sell these. :))

Uma said...

Hi Ayeesha,

Just came into your blog and pictures are stunning. Thanks for motivating me.I am newbie to blogger world as well as for kitchen. :-)

Cheers,
Uma
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foodiecorner said...

Crispy vadas... and love the whole setup in the snap.. After marriage when I started to cook, I made dosa with moong dal instead of urad dal.. and was wondering for a long time why my dosas were yellow in colour :)

Suman Singh said...

Oh, I love these!! They looks perfect, crispy and delicious..superb clicks!!

Ambreen said...

Ah, I just finished my lunch and now you are making me hungry with these lovely vadas. Beautiful setup, tempting clicks. Really admire your work :)

Zareena said...

HMMM.... love this delicious, crisp and crunchy vadas. My all time fav. Now my little one's. Amazing clicks as usual.

sonu said...

wow ,the vadas look so crisp and inviting !

Christine's Pantry said...

Sounds wonderful! Yummy! I'm following.

Mugdha said...

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Plateful said...

This's one of my all time favorites..I just have to bite into one and I'll never say no to a second... and then a third...:) Yours look sooo yummy, soft and crispy.

Mira said...

well shaped fluffy and crispy looking vadais. The presentation is very nice

hemalata said...

perfect and crispy vadas.

Momof3 said...

Awesome Blog, Ayeesha!! This is my first time here. As I was touring through your blog...found your amazing collection of recipes for SWEETS...from cookies, pastries, indian sweets and so many other deserts...a long list!! I wish I could get my hands on them :).

Ulundhu Vadai looks perfect! You have deep fried it so well...shape,color and everything. Served neatly with both chutney and sambar! Yum!!

Saras said...

slurp..drooling here Ayeesha..Love this prefect crispy vadai..lovely click.
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cookingvarieties said...

salam umm maimoonah, many thanks for your visit .. this is the first time i really get to try original vadas recipe from you, rather than buying ready ones from the shop, which is not nice-too commercialised in the ingredients..
your proposal to do gueat post on meat with lentils would be just great.. i accept,take care, here's my email again... wmznahwm@gmail.com

Food Glorious Food! said...

Lovely recipe with amazing photography!! So impressive! Thanks for sharing dear!

divya said...

WOW!!! This is absolutely tempting & yummy!!!

Padhu said...

Wow what a picture! I am drooling here

Prathima Shivraj said...

Splurt, perfectly made vadas, feeling to have it now.

Joanne said...

I've never seen a savory donut before but it looks delicious!

Swati Sapna said...

This is one of the most common south-indian breakfast dishes... lovely pictures ayeesha! I realized recently how simple these are to make :) taste amazing with some peanut or cocout chutney and sambhar.

Nieza said...

yummy!! my fav vadai..:)

Rosita Vargas said...

I join the comments is a powerful realization well prepared, are exquisite and very beautiful, hugs and kisses.

Reese@SeasonwithSpice said...

I have only tried the ones made with gram flour or potato, so I am thrilled to see your dhal vada recipe. Looks delicious and easy to make. Thanks for sharing such lovely savory snack.

Mehjabeen Arif said...

Aww.. Vadas look perfect.. fluffy.. thanks for the tip there.. make this breakfast for me when I visit u pls.. :)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Looks so soft and yum....perfect vadai...thank u for sending them down to JFFTF-IV.....

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