20 April 2017

Uzhunnu Vada|Medu Vada Kerala style|Split black lentil fritters


Meet the crispy,crunchy,soft ,savory Indian donut - Medu Vada .Vada is nothing but fritters made with lentils and medu in Kannada language means "Soft" .So,basically this Indian doughnut is not sweet or made with any flour .In fact,medu vada is nothing but fritters made with split black lentils.This lentil fritters is a famous South Indian snack eaten also as a breakfast item or even offered to God during Hindu festivals .Medu Vada also happens to be Hindu God, Lord Hanuman's favorite food item.Usually ,a garland made of strings of medu vada is adorned as a special offering by his devotees in Temples in India.


Medu vada is also loved by North Indians .

Medu vada is known by different names in different states of India especially in South India - Medhu vadai,Ullundu vadai,garelu and Uzhunnu vada  and in North India,they are called dahi bada .


Origin of Medu Vada

According to Wiki,like Dosa,Medu vada is believed to be originated from "Maddur" town of Karnataka.It was the famous Udupi restaurants that made it famous outside the South India like crispy dosa .


 Medu Vada and Twitter-atis :

Recently ,a Mumbai fella,Rameez asked the well-known chef,Gordon Ramsay to rate the medu vada,an image of it he shared in Twitter.To which,Chef Gordon Ramsay,sarcastically replied this (a snapshot from Twitter):

Most probably,I think this renowned chef was either sarcastically joking or never ever tasted Medu Vada before ..or he would be simply speechlessπŸ˜‰πŸ˜Ž

Oh my - who can resist the vada sambar/vada coconut chutney combo ? Simply finger dipping and finger licking ! Nothing yuck about it..aahaa..😍

Uzhunnu Vada and my childhood days

My bro and myself,we are two poles apart.He loves Parippu Vada and I love Uzhunnu vada and thank God,that means I can eat a lot 😜😊.I remember how I used to pray that my mom would keep Uzhunnu vada in my tiffin box for school and how I used to desperately wait for the lunch time ,period after period and my mom knew,those days my tiffin box would be spic and span clean .No scolding day for me !πŸ’ƒ


My mom used to be a uzhunnu vada distributor among our neighbors ,meaning whenever she made any vada she would share it with our North Indian neighbors who were quite fond of them.I have seen them literally licking their fingers off, the chutney laden uzhunnu vadas ,making me a tad more hungry indirectly .Damn it!


My better 1/2 also loves Uzhunnu vada and as always, it is a pleasure eating with him (and I realized,ohhh yes,finally,I am grown up to share happily!!)

How is Medu Vada/Urunnu Vada made?

Medu Vada is made by grinding soaked black lentils into a thick paste and flavoring it with onion,ginger,cumin,etc etc which varies from place to place.So, today I am going to share how I make crispy yet soft Medu Vada Kerala style that is Uzhunnu Vada (Uzhunnu means Urad Dal/Black lentils and vada means fritters) at home .This is how actually Medu vada is made at my hometown.


Uzhunnu Vada Kerala style
Split Black lentils/Uzhunnu parippu/Urad Dal - 1 Cup
Onion,chopped - 1 No.
Green chillies,chopped - 3-4 Nos.
Ginger,chopped - 1"
A few curry leaves
Salt to taste
Coconut oil for deep frying

Uzhunnu vada preparation method:Pls watch my video that will show you step by step how to make uzhunnu vada at home .

No one can stop at one ..vada,coconut chutney,vada sambar or simply crispy crunchy vada..Ohh yummm !!