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Instant Medu Vada – how?

Are there days when you crave for Medu Vada (aka Urad dal vada) but forgot to soak the dal? I certainly do so, especially on weekends, 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: 

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). 

Main Ingredient in Instant Medu Vada – Urad Dal !

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.  

Let’s get to making Instant Medu Vada in 2 stages

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

PART A:

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

Did you know ? 💡

Black Gram (Urad dal, especially in the whole unpolished form) is very good for patients with diabetes as it regulates the glucose levels in the blood. It is good for your skin and can help fight dark spots, acne, and marks. It helps with joint pain, is extremely good for the heart, and is also a diuretic that helps keep your body clean. Adding black gram to your diet can boost your overall health by a significant margin. (Source)

How to make the Instant Medu Vada Mix

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

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PART B:

How to make the Instant Vada with the homemade batter.

We need:

  • Urad dal vada mix (from above) – 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

How to make the Vada using Instant Vada Mix

  • 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.
  • Fluff the batter with a whisk till well aerated.
  • Make small roundels like the normal vada, pat it on a banana leaf / plastic sheet and make the dough nut shaped vada.
  • Deep fry in medium flame till the vadas are crunchy golden brown.
  • Serve hot with Tiffin Sambhar / Darshini Sambhar

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How to make Instant Medu Vada using Homemade Mix

Make Instant Medu Vada with homemade Vada Mix powder
Course DIY
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Basics of Cooking, Instant Dishes, Quick Snack, Vada
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 3
Author Kalyani

Equipment

  • Bowl
  • Ladle
  • Dry Grinder
  • Sieve
  • pan

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Urad dal / Split black gram
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp Baking Soda

To make the Vada

  • 1 cup Medu Vada Mix powder (made above)
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Green Chillies
  • 1 tsp Fresh Coriander
  • 1 tsp Ginger
  • tsp Black Pepper powder
  • 2 cup Oil To Deep fry

Instructions

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

To make the Vada with the Readymade mix

  • 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.
  • Fluff the batter with a whisk till well aerated.
  • Make small roundels like the normal vada, pat it on a banana leaf / plastic sheet and make the dough nut shaped vada.
  • Deep fry in medium flame till the vadas are crunchy golden brown.
  • Serve hot with Tiffin Sambhar / Darshini Sambhar

Notes

  1. Store the Ready made mix in ziploc and freeze for upto 2 months.
  2. This mix is made with whole urad dal (skinless). 
  3. Be sure to dry the dal well and grind the urad dal till fine. 
  4. Do not soak the dal else the powder won’t be dry enough. Just wash it in a colander under running water
  5. Dry the dal completely before grinding
  6. Use a heavy duty grinder to make the smooth vada mix  
  7. Depending on the urad dal quantity and quality, the water consumed may differ slightly. Make sure you have a thick batter to shape the vadas

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10 Comments

  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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