- 1 cup urad dal (split black gram)
- 2-3 green chilies, finely chopped (adjust to your spice preference)
- A handful of fresh curry leaves, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, crushed
- A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
- Salt to taste
- Oil for deep frying
- Preparing the Urad Dal:
- Wash the urad dal under running water and soak it in enough water for 4-5 hours. This will soften the dal for grinding.
- Grinding the Batter:
- After soaking, drain the water from the urad dal. Grind it to a smooth, thick batter without adding much water. The batter should be fluffy and airy, which is important for making crispy vadas.
- Add Spices and Seasoning:
- Add the finely chopped green chilies, chopped curry leaves, cumin seeds, crushed black pepper, asafoetida, and salt to the batter. Mix well to evenly distribute the spices and seasoning.
- Preparing the Vada Dough:
- To make the vada dough, wet your hands and take a small amount of batter. Shape it into a ball and flatten it slightly. Make a hole in the center to form the classic donut shape. You can use your wet fingers to shape the vada.
- Heating the Oil:
- Heat oil in a deep frying pan or kadai over medium-high heat. To check if the oil is hot enough, drop a small portion of the batter into the oil. If it sizzles and rises to the surface, the oil is ready.
- Frying the Vadas:
- Carefully slide the shaped vadas into the hot oil one by one. Fry them in batches, but do not overcrowd the pan. This will ensure even cooking.
- Fry Until Golden Brown:
- Fry the vadas until they turn golden brown and crispy on both sides. Be sure to flip them occasionally to ensure even cooking. This usually takes about 3-4 minutes per batch.
- Drain Excess Oil:
- Use a slotted spoon to remove the fried vadas from the oil, allowing excess oil to drain. Place them on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any remaining oil.
- Serve Hot:
- Medu Vadas are best enjoyed hot and crispy. Serve them with coconut chutney, sambar, or a hot cup of tea or coffee.
Medu Vadas are a classic South Indian snack, and their crispy exterior and soft interior make them a delightful treat. Enjoy them as a snack or part of a South Indian breakfast!