Black Gram Vada / Ulundhu Vadai

This is a common street food you can see in India. Particularly, you can see it selling ulundhu vadas round the clock in the streets if you pay a visit in my home town Madurai,TamilNadu. This tasty and crispy vadas, you can have it with white rice. Lemon rice and even simply as a snack also. I use to prepare it regularly in my home, whenever I grind idli batter. I soak a little extra amount of black gram for vada along with the usual amount of gram for idlis.

When I heard about streed food contest, I was thinking a while what to prepare for it. I start going to look all our buddies blog and I saw ulundhu vadas in Laavanya’s blog at that time and her original recipe is HERE. At once, I start cooking on seeing it.

She hasn't used rice flour and red gram in her original recipe which i have added in my recipe. Adding rice flour will help to prepare crispy vadas. Adding red gram, will help from not to absorb too much oil while cooking vadas.


Black Gram / Ulutham Paruppu – 1 cup
Red Gram Dhal – 2tbsp
Onion – 1 (finely chopped)
Rice Flour – 5 tbsp
Curry Leaves – few
Green Chilly – 3
Pepper Corns – 1 tbsp
Salt – to taste
Cooking Oil

Service For: 3 People
Cooking Time: 10 minutes to prepare vadai

Cooking Instructions:

Soak black gram and red gram in a bowl of water for an hour. After that wash and clean it and strain the water. Now add the gram to a food processor or a mixie and grind it to fine paste without adding water( you can just sprinkle water whenever u need). The flour should be soft.

Take the flour now from the mixie and add rice flour and enough salt with it and mix it thoroughly. Now add curry leaves, chopped onions, chopped chillies and pepper corns to it and mix it well.

Heat oil in a deep pan. Take a bowl of water and wet your hand. Take a plastic sheet and wet it water and a drop of oil. Take a small ball of flour and place it on the sheet and flatten a little with your wet hands and make a hole in the centre. Now remove it from the cover and drop it in the oil carefully. Wait until the one side of vada turns to golden brown and now turn it to the other side, and and wait until it turns golden brown. Remove it from the oil and drain the excess oil with a paper towel.

Crispy vadas are now ready. It tastes great.

Side Dish: Coconut Chutney


This is the first am participating in Street Food Contest and this is my entry to the MBP - Street Food hosted by Sia of Passionate about life and spice.


Illatharasi said...

Looks yummy:)

Mrs.SriLekha said...

thank u

Laavanya said...

That looks great. Thanks for trying out my recipe. I will remember your tip about rice flour and toor dhal next time I make it.

Mrs.SriLekha said...

thanx laavanya

Anu said...

Hi Srilekha,

Your vadais look yummy. Thanks for the tips.

First time here in your blog. I am Anu from My Scrawls.

I have posted my version of Ulundhu Vadai in my blog. Do have a look at it when u get time. Would be happy to receive your comments :)