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Medu Vada Sambhar

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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

Wada Sambar, Medu Vada, Sambhar
Medu Vada & Sambhar
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Wada Sambar, Medu Vada, Sambhar
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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57 thoughts

  • 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

  • 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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  • March 8, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Sambar Vada is an all-time favourite..Vadas have come out perfect and crisp…

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 8, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      Thanks Drashti.

  • March 8, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Loved the way the vadas are dunked in the sambhar, just drooling after dinner , this is what I am going to have tomorrow for breakfast for sure????????

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 10, 2018 at 4:39 pm


  • March 9, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Its drooling.. :)) An all time favourite of mine. So beautifully done…thanks for sharing!!

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 10, 2018 at 4:39 pm

      Thanks and welcome.

  • March 9, 2018 at 12:19 am

    You make it sound easy. But making medu wadas is an art. My medu wadas always come out shapeless.

    But, they taste good none the less. so, I have stopped bothering about the shape. 🙂

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 10, 2018 at 4:39 pm

      That is the spirit, Jyoti! Then suddenly the batter will start behaving better knowing that you are the boss.

  • March 9, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    The crispy crunchy vadas dunked in the sambhar looks so tempting ????????

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 10, 2018 at 4:37 pm

      Thanks, Soma.

  • March 9, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    I absolutely love vada and sambar. It’s my favorite food to order when I am in a South Indian Restaurant. I didn’t know it was so easy to make at home.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 10, 2018 at 4:37 pm

      It’s simple enough and knowing you I am sure you will rock.

  • March 9, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Medhu vada and Sambar are the more irresistible combination.. Your vada looks tempting..

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 10, 2018 at 4:36 pm


  • March 9, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Indian style Dunkin donut that is for sure — my son calls it Indian donut, so I can make this Vada sambar for him and call it dunkin donut 🙂 It looks sooo yummy 🙂

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 10, 2018 at 4:35 pm


  • March 10, 2018 at 3:08 am

    Loved your shape of the vada. My favorite and I can eat this whole day with sambar. So Yummy!

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 10, 2018 at 4:04 pm

      LOL the one time I got the batter to behave.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 10, 2018 at 4:03 pm


  • March 10, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Perfectly fried vadas.. This is really addictive and loved the way you have stacked and clicked… Absolutely tempting!

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 10, 2018 at 4:03 pm

      Thanks, Priya.

  • March 10, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    I love sambhar and vada. Awesome post and yum recipe ????

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 11, 2018 at 5:20 pm

      Thanks, Avin.

  • March 11, 2018 at 12:22 am

    Yummilicious!!! Just in love with these dunked vadas ????????

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 11, 2018 at 5:18 pm


  • March 11, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Vada looks so crisp and fluffy. Love it. Never tasted cauliflower in sambhar , will surely try.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 11, 2018 at 5:17 pm

      I want veggies in sambhar the girls will eat sambhar and do not mind veggies like cauliflower, pumpkin etc.

  • March 11, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Vadas are my favourite and you reminded me now! Yours looks delicious.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 11, 2018 at 5:16 pm

      With so much variety we do forget, don’t we?

  • Bhawana
    March 11, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Yummmmmmy. We had been in bangalore for 7 years and since then medu vada dippedd in sambhar is our love. Even in pune we make sure that they are dipped like you showed. A healthy breakfast for any day.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 11, 2018 at 5:15 pm


  • March 12, 2018 at 2:51 am

    Medu vada and sambhar, like a KJ and SRK jodi 🙂 You must have it together. These delicious and tempting dish is my favourite!

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 12, 2018 at 10:01 pm

      😀 😀 I love this. Never thought of Medu vada and sambhar as KJ and SRK jodi. Jodi Amar rahe.

  • March 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    I dont know about others, but for south indians, this is certainly far more superior than Dunkin Donuts. hahah.. I cannot imagine anyone who doesnt like this delicious, hot and tangy combo. Though the deep frying is a concern, it is certainly okay to have it if its home made. A tummy filling snack, breakfast, this is the best ever!

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 12, 2018 at 9:55 pm

      😀 Spoken like a true South Indian. Best breakfast ever.

  • Swati Saxena
    March 13, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Indeed they are Dunkin Donuts of Our Indian World, infact better than those, healthier and delicious.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 13, 2018 at 10:13 pm

      😀 Thnaks

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