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

Vada Curry

Vada Curry

 Prep Time : 15 mins (excluding soaking time)
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategorySide Dish for idli,dosa
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   For the vada

   Bengal gram /Kadalai paruppu /channa dal -1/2 cup
   Chilli powder -1/2 tsp
   Turmeric powder - a pinch
   Onion finely chopped - 2 tbsp
   Salt as needed
   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
   Thick coconut milk - 1/4 cup (not very 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

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 tbsp
   Bay leaf -1

   For garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp finely chopped
   Mint leaves - 2-3 leaves


Grind all the ingredients given under "For the Masala" to a fine paste. This is the masala.

Soak channa dal for 2 hours. Drain the water, add salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp of the above 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 place it on 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  or even fry it in paniyaram pan. 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 paste 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 on 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. Cook on low heat for a few minutes. Let the vada absorb the gravy.

South Indian vada curry

Then 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

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  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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  24. What is ground masala? And how to prepare it?

    1. Grind all the ingredients mentioned under "For the masala" .That is the ground masala. Kindly read the recipe fully.

  25. Excellent recipe.. Thanks a ton!! :)

  26. Excellent recipe, easily explained. Thank u

  27. Yes want to give a try once. Neatly explained.

  28. I used to bake d grinder chana dal in a idly cooker instead of frying in oil.. My mom used to do it nd it also taste gud

  29. Really nice recipe, tried today and it came out very well. Thank you!

  30. Tried today.came out very tasty. Thanks for the recipe..

  31. Thanks Padhuskitchen for the excellent recipe. I tried this first time for a get together party.. it came out very well and everyone loved it.. thanks again.

  32. Hello mam can i skip the coconut milk? While preparing the curry

    1. Coconut milk gives a nice flavor and taste to the curry. But if you want to skip, you can.

  33. Your blog and receipies are awesome .

  34. Today I prepared vadacurry..yummy..


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