Archive for March 27th, 2013

ಉದ್ದಿನ ವಡೆ – Uddina Vada


One of my favorite dishes is ಉದ್ದಿನ ವಡೆ – Uddina Vada. After I got married, my Mom actually stopped preparing ಉದ್ದಿನ ವಡೆ – Uddina Vada since she missed me so badly. I can understand her feelings now that my Daughter is at a different place. And my Daughter loves the combo of Idli, Vada, Sambar, Chatni. So, this preparation was during her spring break visit. It is circle of life, right?

I just couldn’t believe that I hadn’t posted my favorite recipe in my favorite blog. Especially last year, I prepared ಉದ್ದಿನ ವಡೆ – Uddina Vada every single month. This is a must preparation for monthly masikas and pakshas in our Madhwa community. In traditional families, ಉದ್ದಿನ ವಡೆ – Uddina Vada is not prepared on any other occasion. Anyway, attached below is the recipe for the most loved dish by Meera. 🙂


  • 2 cups Urad Dal – ಉದ್ದಿನ ಬೇಳೆ
  • 10-12 whole black pepper – ಮೆಣಸು
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves – ಕರಬೇವು
  • 1 inch Ginger – ಶುಂಟಿ
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for Frying


  • Wash and Soak Urad Dal – ಉದ್ದಿನ ಬೇಳೆ in cold water for at least 3-4 hours.
  • Grind Urad Dal – ಉದ್ದಿನ ಬೇಳೆ with whole black pepper – ಮೆಣಸು, curry leaves – ಕರಬೇವು and Ginger – ಶುಂಟಿ.
  • Also, add salt.
  • Add as mush less water as possible.
  • If your Mixer doesn’t work with water, make sure you add enough water to get the Mixer just running.
  • If the ground dal is a bit watery, add just enough rice flour or maida to make it hold the shape.
  • Heat oil in a pan on medium heat.
  • Take a heap full of dal, make a hole in the center, and slowly dip them in the hot oil.
  • Fry them on medium heat, this makes it cripsy on the outside and completely cooked on the inside.
  • Serve with Idli, Sambar and Chutney.uddina_vada
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