Festive Treats

Ulundhu Vadai | Deep Fried Urad Dal Fritters

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Vadai is basically a deep fried snack made using dal or lentil. This vadai as the name implies is made from urad dal and is on the menu for all festivals back home. As a kid I remember having this vadai on occasions like Vinayaka Chaturthi, Pongal, etc. The menu usually consisted of a sambar, potato fry, this vadai, sakkarai (sweet) pongal and payasam. 

Nowadays due to hectic lifestyles, elaborate menus are not an option. Hence the simplest are the vadai and pongal to make for offering as neivediyam to God.

For the batter:
1 cup urad dal, white lentil, soaked in water for 2 hours,
1/2 tsp black pepper corns, crushed
Salt as per taste,
Oil for frying,


  1. Make a fine paste of the soaked white lentil without adding water. Add very less water as you need a very thick batter. 
  2. Do not add salt until you are ready to fry them as it will make the batter runny.
  3. Add black pepper and mix well. 
  4. Heat oil in a pan for deep frying.
  5. Wet your palms with water. Now using your fingers, take a lemon sized batter and flatten it on your left palm. 
  6. Make a hole in the middle. 
  7. Now slowly put this into the heated oil and deep fry.
  8. Remove on a tissue paper and serve hot.
This vadai is very versatile and can be converted into Dahi Vada or Sambar Vada or served just with plain coconut chutney and sambar on the sides.

Enjoy 🙂

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