Instant Medu Vada with homemade Urad Dal Vada Mix | Instant Urad Dal Vada recipe | DIY Kitchen Hacks

Are there days when you crave for Medu Vada (aka Urad dal vada)  (I certainly do so, especially on weekends), but forgot to soak the dal? Fret not, for we have an Instant version of the Medu Vada / Vadai (Tamil)/ Uddina Vada (as its called in Kannada) or simply Vada (in Indian English). 

We already have so many vada varieties on the blog: 

the ubiquitous Vada Sambar 

Anjaneyar Kovil Milagu Vadai (Hanuman ji ka special vada) 

Street food special and a tea time special Masala vadai  

Karnataka special Maddur Vade

my hubby’s favourite (Tamil)Iyengar Thayir Vadai

Rasam Vada , 

Bread Dahi vada 

my personal favourite Keerai Vadai (greens vada)

So how do make this Instant Vada ? 


Well, its from a homemade Urad Dal Vada Mix (recipe below) that you can prepare at home – very easy and economical too (rather than buy the commercial packets laden with preservatives). 

Let’s talk Lentils – Urad Dal in your favourite idli and dosa contains much needed nutrients such as dietary fibre, magnesium, potassium and folate? Potassium contributes to the maintenance of normal blood pressure while Magnesium contributes to reduction of tiredness and fatigue. Black Urad Dal kali (porridge in Tamil) is particularly given to young menstruating girls to regulate the monthly periods too. Urad dal is a source of Calcium which is needed for the maintenance of normal bones.

Urad dal of course makes for a particularly nutty and tasty filling like in Poonam’s delicious Urad Dal Kachori. Poonam’s blog is filled with delicious dishes and amazing pictures and I especially love her presentation of traditional dishes from India. This week we explore “Lentils” as a theme and do join us to find out what the others have dished out. 

Today’s recipe is a 2-in-1 recipe with 

a) How to make readymade homemade Instant Urad dal mix

b) How to use the readymade mix to make Instant Urad dal vada / Medu Vada


To make the homemade Urad dal vada Mix, we need :

1 cup of Urad dal (split black gram)

Salt – to taste

Soda bi carb – a pinch


  1. Wash the Urad dal in a colander twice or thrice as shown in the pic collage above.
  2. Spread to dry on a thin white clean cloth till its full dry.
  3. Grind it in small batches to a smooth powder (Urad dal takes quite an effort to powder, so advised to powder in batches)
  4. Sieve it well thrice over.
  5. Add 1/4 tsp salt and a pinch of soda bi carb and sieve it once again to mix fully.
  6. Store this in airtight containers / ziploc bags and use when required. 
  7. Recommend to put it in the freezer to use when required. 




How to make the Instant Vada with the homemade batter. We need:

Urad dal mix – 1 cup

Water – 1/4 to 1/3 cup

add on spices : Chopped green chillies, Grated fresh coconut, ginger, Chopped curry leaves cumin and crushed pepper – all to taste

veggies – optional – Minced onions / grated cabbage / Grated carrots

  1. Take 1 part of the batter, add the add on spices and mix well. Add water 1/4 to 1/3 cup depending on the batter and urad dal flour quality to get a thickish batter as shown in the collage below.
  2. Fluff the batter with a whisk till well aerated.
  3. Make small roundels like the normal vada, pat it on a banana leaf / plastic sheet and make the dough nut shaped vada.
  4. Deep fry in medium flame till the vadas are crunchy golden brown.
  5. Serve hot with Tiffin Sambhar / Darshini Sambhar




  1. This is a wonderful and very handy home made vada mix. I am definitely going to try a small batch . We all love vadai at home

  2. Poonam Bachhav

    My family loves medu vada to the core and i often make it on weekends. With your homemade vada mix, i can make them instantly.

  3. Mayuri Patel

    Hubby loves medu vada and yes there are times when I forget to soak the dal overnight. We sometimes get ready urad flour, so do you think I can use that? Love how you've strung the vada on a long cocktail stick.

  4. Very useful recipe Kalyani. I love udad dal vada so I will try it soon. I will skip baking soda so that I can also use to make stuffed kachodi. Thanks for sharing. Also loved your presentation.

  5. We absolutely adore Vadai, but I don't make it often because it's so labour-intensive. Now that I have your recipe for home-made vada mix, I can make it more frequently! Beautiful share. 🙂 The vadas look crispy, delicious and inviting.

  6. such a very useful recipe kalyani. use of homemade vada flour to make vada is a nice and quick option to make instantly !

  7. preethi'scuisine

    Home made instant medu vada mix is fabulous. I will surely try this medu vada mix as my family loves vada. It will save so much time and can satisfy our sudden vada cravings.Medu Vada looks so crisp.

  8. Vasusvegkitchen

    Medu vadaa is almost every one favorite, loved the way you prepared it using homemade vada mix. This mix is very helpful and handy to prepare vada when unplanned.

  9. Wow. instant medu vada with urad dal powder looks interesting and so simple to make. Perfect to make when we have some sudden guests.

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