October 02, 2015

Vada Curry (Lentil Fritters in Spicy Gravy)

Vada Curry is a popular spicy side dish of South India. The fried lentil fritters are soaked in flavoured and spiced gravy and  melts in mouth when had with Set dosa. Vada Curry is the wonderful combination with any Dosa variety, Aapam and Idli. It can also be had with plain hot boiled rice....


Pre time: 10 mins

Soaking time: 2 hours

Cooking time: 30 to 40 mins

Serves: 4

Ingredients for making Vada Curry:

For making Vada (Fritters)

Chana dal 200 gms

Red chillies 3

Green chillies 1

Saunf (Fennel seeds) 1/2 tea spoon

Salt to taste

Chopped onions 2 tb spoons

Oil for deep frying

For making Gravy:

Finely chopped onions 3 tb spoons
Finely chopped tomatoes 3 tb spoons
Garlic pods 7, Ginger 2 inch, Green chillies 2 crushed to paste
Red chilli powder 1 tea spoon
Turmeric powder 1/4 tea spoon
Garam masala powder 1/4 tea spoon
Coconut 2 tb spoons, Saunf 1/2 tea spoon and Khus khus (Poppy seeds) 2 tea spoons ground to paste with water
Oil 2tb spoons
Mustard seeds for seasoning
Cloves and cinnamons crushed roughly 1/2 tea spoon
Curry leaves

How to make Vada Curry?

Step 1:

Soak the dal in water after washing for 2 hours.

Then drain out the water completely and add chillies and salt to it and grind to coarse mixture in a blender without water.

Now add the chopped onions to it and just give one or two turns in the blender and take the batter out.

Heat a wok with oil and take rough uneven pinches from the dal batter and drop into the oil.Fry them to golden brown.Keep the fried lentils aside.

Step 2:

Coarsely crush or grind the garlic, chillies and ginger.

Grind coconut, poppy seeds (Khus khus) and saunf to paste with water and keep aside.

Now heat a pan with oil. Saute it with mustard seeds.Add the onions and a slitted green chilli and fry adding some salt.

Once it get fried well ,  fry the clove cinnamon powder and garlic paste well till the raw smell goes.

Then fry the tomatoes till they become mushy. Add some curry leaves.

Add the turmeric powder, garam masala powder and red chilli powder and stir well.

Pour 3 cups of water to it.Check out for salt and spiciness. Remember the Vadas already have enough salt and spiciness.

Once the water starts boiling drop the fried vadas (Fritters) to them and keep the flame to medium.Wait till the gravy thickens (at least for 10 minutes enabling the fritters to absorb the flavour of the spices from the gravy and become soft).

Now add the coconut masala to the boiling gravy and mix well.

After two minutes switch off the stove and garnish with curry leaves and coriander leaves.


If you are diet conscious instead of frying the lentil balls in oil just steam them out and follow the rest of the procedure same.