Ulundu Vadai (Urad Dhal Fritters)

Ulundu vadai is another awesome street food specialty that resembles a savory doughnut. These crisp deep-fried fritters are popular savory snack in Sri Lanka & India available almost everywhere. These urad dhal fritters are perfect with a coconut chutney and ketchup. In South India there are a number of varieties of this ulundu vadai. Some of the most popular varieties includese Sambar vadai, rasam vadai and curd vadai (Dahi Vada).

Ulundu Vadai


Urad Dhal 1 Cup
Onion 1 (Finely Chopped)
Green Chili 2 (Finely Chopped)
Curry leaves 1 Sprig (Finely Chopped)
Ginger 2 ½ Cm (Minced)
Salt ½ TSP or to taste
Oil For deep frying


How I made it:-

  • Soak the urad dhal for 2 hours.
  • Grind the urad dhal till smooth with 2 tablespoons of water.
  • Add Chopped onion, green chili, curry leaves and minced ginger to the ground urad dhal with salt.
  • Form the mixture into balls, and then make a hole in the center of each ball (like a doughnut).

  • Place them in a plastic sheet or banana leaf.
  • Heat oil in a deep pan.
  • Carefully slide each into the pan and deep fry till golden.
  • Remove from oil and drain excess oil on kitchen towel.
  • Serve hot with green coconut chutney or with ketchup.

 Urad Dhal Vadai

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  1. My fav but too lazy to make. Usually buy from the stalls when I feel like eating. Its so lovely – crispy, puffy and much loved to the maximum.

    1. Thanks dear, yes I know it requires some time for soaking and grinding :(. Do visit my home when u visit to Singapore will make some for u 🙂

  2. they look perfect!Ulundu vade is one of our favorites at home,Good to have with a cup of tea…

    1. Thanks for stopping by dear. Yes, Great with Tea too:)

  3. Vadai looks crispy and perfectly made.
    Oh I have them with coconut chutney and they are perfect for a snack, even as a breakfast dish.

    1. Thanks Dear, yes there are yummm with coconut chutney 🙂

  4. I can have a plate of these crispy vadas,my all time fav.

    1. Thanks A lot Priya 🙂

  5. Thanks formaking vadas

    1. You are welcome Nimal. 🙂


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