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7 September, 2017

Medu Vada Sambhar

Comments : 19 Posted in : Bachelor Recipes, Blogging Marathon, Deep Frying, Festive Cooking, Indian Cuisine, South Indian Cuisine on by : ArchanaPotdar Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Vada Sambhar the name itself invokes in my mind’s eye a beautiful doughnut-shaped fried lentil dunked in sambhar. The crisp wada or vada absorbs the savoury tastes of the sambhar and you can scoop it into your waiting mouth.

Wada Sambar, Medu Vada, Sambhar

Vada Sambhar

One of my friends has said that it is the Dunkin’ Donuts of this world. Apt don’t you think?

Vada also known as wada, vade, vadai, wadeh and bara embraces a vast variety of savoury fried snacks from dumplings, doughnuts, cutlets to fitters.

A wada can be made from moong dal, chana dal, urid dal or from vegetables like batata vada or sago like a sabudana vada.   Vadas are eaten as a snack on Vadas else eat them for breakfast. But then a vada can be the building block of other think vada pav, dahi vada.

Sambhar is one of the popular dishes in South Indian cuisine. The other lentil-based soup is saar or rasam.

A lentil stew with spices and tamarind and vegetables is Sambhar or Sambar.

The basic difference between a sambhar and rasam or saaru is the spices and vegetables used in sambhar.

Sambhar typically includes onions, lady finger, drumstick, radish, pumpkin, potato, tomato, onions and brinjal in combinations or with one of the vegetables.

Versatile sambhar tastes good with vada, idli or rice.

Let us today pair it with Medu Vada and Sambhar. For Sambhar, this is my standard I don’t dare to make any variations to the basic recipe. The only thing I change is the vegetables as my girls love this version.

Urid dal or split black dal,  toor dal or split pigeon pea and oil for deep frying are the main ingredients of Medu vada also called Urid dal vada.

Wada Sambar, Medu Vada, Sambhar

Vada Sambar

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Wada Sambar, Medu Vada, Sambhar
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  1. Rinse and soak the urad dal and toor dal in enough water for minimum 2 hours.
  2. Drain transfer to the grinder/blender with the dry blade.
  3. Grind to a smooth paste. Use minimum water.
  4. Just before you remove the batter add salt and run the mixer yet again.
  5. Transfer it to a bowl add the green chillies, pepper, and ginger (if using).Mix well with a ladle.
  6. Keep the oil for frying to heat.
  7. In a bowl that you can easily dip your hand fill half with water.
  8. Wet your hand. Take a portion of the batter and make a hole in the centre with your thumb.
  9. Gently lower the wada in oil. Take care of your hand.
  10. Deep fry the wada till it is golden brown on one side.
  11. Flip and fry on the other side till golden brown.
  12. Drain and transfer to tissues.
  13. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  14. Serve hot with sambhar.
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19 thoughts on : Medu Vada Sambhar

  • September 7, 2017 at 10:47 am

    This is such a classical dish. It has been a while since I ate this and you are tempting me too much with your plate. It looks super inviting..

  • September 7, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    I like the way your vadas are nice and plump and sitting on top of each other …in a nice bowl of sambar . The vadas look fluffy and nice crisp golden .
    With me sambar recipe varies all the time , and I have never used cauliflower in sambar . Next time will try your recipe .

  • Sapana
    September 7, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    I can never get that perfect shape of vadas, mine are always weird shaped.Love the first pic. A classic protein packed dish.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      September 8, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Sapna even I am surprised how beautifully I made them. Maybe it’s a turning point for my vadas. This time I used very little water to grind.

  • September 7, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    You are making me so hungry with these vadas. Perfect shape and with that sambar… yum

  • PJ
    September 7, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    Such beautiful vadas. Sambar vada is a classic and almost everyone loves it.Yours looks so inviting Archana.

  • September 8, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Those vadas are perfectly shaped and look so beautiful. Mine shape themselves the way they want. Super tempting dish!

  • September 8, 2017 at 8:15 am

    I didn’t read a single line of your intro! My mind stopped working the minute I SAW the vada, Wada, vadai, vade. Droooooling now!!

  • September 8, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    I’ve just had my dinner and already feeling hungry looking at the awesome Vadas. My family’s all time favorite.

  • September 8, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Omg, dont torture me like this, medu vada sambar am ready to die for a plate, too irresistible.

  • September 9, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    So beautifully done Arch. We love this for our dinner and I have tried using toor dal. Next time going to add and check out 😄

  • September 10, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Its 2:45 in the afternoon here, and I would LOVE to have that for the evening snack

  • Nalini
    September 11, 2017 at 3:02 am

    This is one such classic combo and looks awesome.

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  • September 16, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Love your vada.. comeout so perfect and tasty.

  • September 21, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Sambar vada is one of my all time favourites
    I love to have this for breakfast. And yes dunkin donuts is an apt term for this.

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