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Vada Curry

 Published 2011-Apr-19   Updated 2018-Sep-10

- Submitted by Dahlia

Recipe For Vada Curry


For the Vada

  • Channa Dal (Bengal Gram, Kadalai Paruppu) - 1 cup
  • Dry Red Chillies - 3
  • Fennel Seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Ginger - 1/2 " piece
  • Garlic - 2 cloves
  • Curry Leaves - 4-5 leaves
  • Asafoetida - a pinch
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Onion - 1/4 (finely chopped)

For Curry

  • Onion - 1 (chopped)
  • Tomato - 2 (chopped)
  • Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
  • Green Chillies - 2
  • Red Chilly Powder - 1tsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander Powder - 2 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Fennel Seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Whole Garam Masala - 1 cinnamon stick, 3 cloves
  • Curry Leaves - 1 spring
  • Salt - as needed
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Cilantro - handful (finely chopped)


  1. Soak the bengal gram for an hour. Drain all the water and grind it to a coarse paste along with dry red chillies, ginger and garlic.
  2. Mix finely chopped onion, curry leaves, asafoetida, fennel seeds and salt to the ground dal paste.
  3. Pinch small balls of this dal paste (blueberry sized).

    vada curry preparation step

  4. Cook it using any of the following methods:
    • Steam it using a idli stand or a vegetable steamer for 8-10 minutes .
    • Shallow fry/ pan fry in a frying pan with little oil till it turns golden brown.
    • Place the small balls in a microwave safe plate and microwave for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Keep these vada pieces ready while you prepare the gravy. (NOTE: You can also prepare the gravy using left over masala vada. Scramble the vadas into tiny pieces and proceed.)
  6. For the curry, heat oil in a pan and splutter the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, whole garam masala and curry leaves.
  7. Add the finely chopped onions and green chillies. Fry them till it turns golden brown.
  8. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute. Next add the chopped tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes are totally mashed up.
  9. Add salt, turmeric powder, red chilly powder and corriander powder. Cover and cook till the oil seperates from the masala.
  10. Add enough water (about 4-5 cups) and bring it to a boil. (NOTE: You can also use diluted coconut milk instead of water.)
  11. Add the tiny vada pieces to the curry. Simmer for about 5 minutes so that the gravy will be absorbed by the vada pieces.
  12. Check for salt and the gravy consistency and adjust if needed. The curry will continue to thicken as it rests. 
  13. Finally add chopped corriander leaves (cilantro) and switch off.

    vada curry preparation step

Serving Suggestions

  • Vada curry and idli is a very famous combination in northern tamil nadu.
  • It also goes well with dosa and chappatti.

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Comments (2)

Person   ()
Can i use left over urad dal vadas for this recipe..?
Person   ()
No... You can use left over paruppu vadas...

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