Medhu vada / Indian Spicy donuts

Medhu vada or ulundhu vadai is made from urad dhal, I have specially named them as Indian spicy donut based on its taste and shape. Traditionally, In my home, the urad dhal is grinded in stone grinder (kal ural) to which water is sprinkled little by little and grinded slowly for about 20 minutes and the spices(chillies, salt ,curry leaves… etc) are added finally and grinded to a smooth paste. The vadai made from these stone grinded batter is so soft, fluffy and golden brown in colour and stays soft even when it is stored and reheated. Unfortunately, in our fast paced life, it is not possible to use the traditional ways on a regular basis so I opt-in for the easy blender way to make the batter which is quick and convenient. The vadai is made by deep frying in oil since we don’t consume this on a daily basis so its alright to indulge in such oily temptations once in awhile. The vada’s are made with urad dhal which are rich in protein, so its good to point out such things to eat these deep fried snacks 🙂 lets get started with the recipe:


Urad Dhal – ½ cup (White Whole)

Green chillies – 2

Salt – To taste

Hing Powder – ¼ tsp

Curry leaves – 1 spring

Coriander leaves – 2 springs

Oil – For deep frying


  1. Soak the Urad Dhal for 4 hours and drain the water completely. They double in quantity when you soak the urad dhal.

  2. To a blender, add the urad dhal, green chillies, salt and hing powder, by sprinkling little water, grind it into a smooth paste.

  3. Add finely chopped curry leaves and coriander leaves to the batter and mix well.

  4. Pour oil in a deep bottomed kadai, enough to fry the vada over medium flame.

  5. Wet your hands in water and take a small portion of the batter in your hand and make a small hole in the center with your thumb finger and slide the vadai into the oil. Be careful not to touch the oil with your fingers.

  6. Fry both sides of the vada until it turns golden brown and place them in a paper towel to remove the excess oil.

  7. Serve hot with Sambhar and Coconut chutney.



  • It is best to grind the batter in a wet grinder, if you are using a mixie or a blender use cold water to grind it which makes the vada very soft.

  • Finely chopped onions or shallots or grated carrots can also be added to the batter for some variations.

  • Green chillies can be replaced by whole peppercorns as well.


5 thoughts on “Medhu vada / Indian Spicy donuts

  1. I love your delicious little treats. They all sound so delicious. When I get some time I shall give a few things here a try. Thanks for sharing!

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