Medu Vada (Garelu)

As a kid I always associated festival with lot of food. I always eagerly used to wait for festival to have yummy food. During the college days started learning how to make some of the festival dishes. Diwali means lots of yummy food at home. My mom always used to make something with urad dal like Jangry(Sweet), and Medu vada for Diwali apart from other sweets like bobbatlu, laddu etc. This year for Diwali I made these yummy garelu. (Recipe learned from my mom)


Here is the recipe for the same


1 cup urad dal
1 medium sized onion chopped(optional)
2 green chilies cut into small pieces (Optional)
1tsp crushed black pepper
1 tsp cumin seeds
1tsp chopped curry leaves

Oil to deep fry


Soak urad dal for 2 to 3 hrs. Wash and grind in a food processor with little water into smooth paste. Do not use more water.
Mix the dough thoroughly with chilies, pepper, salt, cumin seeds and onions. I made half batter with onions and remaining half without onions.


Heat oil in a pan for deep frying.

Take small lemon sized dough keep it on damped plastic sheet or banana leaf or on palm. I always do it on hand. With practice you will get the shape right. Slightly damp your hand and flatten the dough slightly and make a hole in the middle. Gently transfer the shaped dough into oil and deep fry till it turns into golden brown color on both sides.



Serve hot vada with chutney or sambar.

U bet all your friends and family members will love to eat these yummy vada.