Saturday, February 2, 2013

Vada Curry Recipe-Side Dish for Idli Dosa (with pictures)

Vada Curry is a very famous South Indian gravy /curry which is served as a side dish for idli, dosa and parotas. I got so many  requests for this recipe. Never have I got so many  request for a single recipe like this. So I decided it is high time I post this recipe in my blog. I got this recipe from a friend of mine who is an expert in making vada curry. Today we will learn how to make vada curry with step wise pictures.

Vada Curry

How to prepare Vada Curry

Prep time - under 15 mins (excluding soaking time)
Cook time - under 20 mins
Serves -2

Ingredients needed

For the vada

Bengal gram /Kadalai paruppu /channa dal -1/2 cup
Chilli powder -1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Ground masala -1/2 tsp
Salt as needed
Onion finely chopped - 2 tbsp
Oil for frying the vadas

For the curry/ gravy

Onion -3/4 cup (thinly sliced)
Tomato -1 cup (finely chopped)
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Thin Coconut milk  -3/4 cup ( just dilute the thick coconut milk with water)
Thick coconut milk - 1/4 cup (not too thick)

For the masala

Ginger-garlic paste - 1 1/2 tsp
Green chilli  -1-2
Fennel seeds/Sombu -1/2 tsp
Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
Cloves -2
Cardamom -1

Grind the above together to a paste. This is the masala.

For the seasoning

Oil - 2 tbsp
Bay leaf -1

For garnishing

Coriander leaves - few
Mint leaves - 2-3 leaves

Preparation and Method 

Soak channa dal for 2 hours. Drain the water, add salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder,1/2 tsp of the ground masala. (this is just to give more flavor to the vada) and grind coarsely without adding water. Then mix finely chopped onions with it.

Heat oil in a kadai, make uneven balls from the mixture and drop it into the oil. Fry till golden brown, remove it and keep in a paper towel to absorb excess oil if any. The vada need not be crisp as we are going to add it to the gravy. Alternatively you can make small balls and steam the vadas as we do for paruppu usili. Now the vada is ready.

prepare vada curry

Heat oil in a kadai or pan, add bay leaf, saute for second, then add thinly sliced onions and saute until golden brown. Add a little salt to the onions to speed up the process.

Then add the ground masala and saute for a few more minutes.

Now we will add the chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder and chilli powder. Cook till tomatoes turn mushy and oil oozes out. Do all this in medium flame.

Then add thin coconut milk, needed salt and bring it to boil.

Once it starts boiling, add the vadas by breaking it into 2 pieces. Keep it in simmer for a few minutes. Let the vada absorb the gravy.

South Indian vada curry

Add the thick coconut milk, boil and switch it off. Garnish with mint and coriander leaves.

South Indian vadai curry recipe

Delicious Vada curry can be served with dosa, idli and parotas.

How to make vada curry
Vada curry with dosa 
Note - Vada curry thickens as it cools. In that case you can add a little hot water to dilute it and heat it lightly.

Check out my other side dishes for idli, dosa and pongal.

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  1. Delicious and lovely vada curry. Excellent preparation.

  2. Wow...looks yummy.....I love it with hot idilis.... :-)

  3. Looks so yum...makes me feel hungry...

  4. vada kari romba nalla iruku.. appadiye idli yudan sapidanum pol iruku..

  5. yum yum - i die for this when i am back at mom's. Bookmarked to try. why dont you try toasting vada's in paniyarakal padhu?

  6. Looks spicy and take us away frm the routine curries

  7. Looks so delicious, want to try this soon.

    Spill the Spices

  8. Delicious vada curry n beautiful clicks :-)

  9. perfect south Indian breakfast sides...lovely presentation...

  10. looks perfect and delicious padhu :)

  11. Yum Yum.... great combo with idli or dosa

  12. i generally boil the vadai maavu and then do this :) instead of frying :)

  13. Simply inviting,one of my fav curry.

  14. love ur step by step recipe, might give this a try for tea time snack soon..

  15. Great recipe a sure try for me..
    got to your blog for the first time.. will read it through and very important remember to comment..

  16. Tried it today..Awesome!! We just loved it!! :)

  17. Awesome!! Tried it today..turned out to be perfect..we just loved it!! Thanks for the recipe!! :)

  18. Though I am a North Indian I love vadacurry and your recipe is perfect and Tasty.

  19. Tried yesterday, my hubby enjoyed it, it was awesome, Thank u

  20. Very nice simple and looking tempting love ur recipes......

  21. What is Ground masala? And how to prepare that?

  22. Nice Padhu... I tried came out well. Thank you.

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