Breakfast, Snacks, Vada

Keerai Vada | How to make Masala Keerai Vada | Fried Delights

Keerai Vada or Masala Keerai Vada is something I have noticed recently in Tamilnadu hotels for the evening snack. I had this in 2013 when we stayed in Chennai for a few days for a family function. It tasted like the normal Urad Dal vada (aka Ulundhu Vada / Uddina Vade) available in Bangalore, but something was refreshingly different. A cousin of my husband told me the recipe that she followed, and I liked this version a lot. This can also be made with the Instant Homemade Vada Mix and that too turns out fab!

It was lighter owing to different mixture of dals, and the addition of certain keerai varieties (greens) & spices. Read on to read this version. Served piping hot with a pungent Coriander chutney and a cup of coffee, this makes for a perfect tea time snack.

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Keerai Vada (Greens based deep fried lentil doughnuts) – Vegan & Gluten Free 

Cuisine : Tamil, Course : Snack

Spice level : medium to high, served with Chutney or Tiffin Sambhar

Prep time : 20 mins + soak time : 1 hour

Frying time / cook time : 15 mins

Makes : Approx 6-8 vadas (medium sized)


  • Urad Dal / Split black gram – 1/2 cup
  • Yellow Moong Dal / Split Green gram – 2 TBSP
  • Rice flour – 1 TBSP
  • Salt – to taste
  • Crushed Black pepper – 1/2 tsp
  • Dry Ginger powder / Chukku podi / Saunth powder- 1/4 tsp
  • Drumstick leaves – 1/2 cup (chopped)
  • Ginger grated – 1/2 tsp
  • Onions – 1/2 medium (chopped fine) – opt.
  • Coriander leaves – 2 tsp (chopped fine)
  • Green chillies – 2 nos (opt.)
  • Oil – to deep fry



  1. Wash and soak both the lentils in hot water for 1 hour. Drain and grind them very smooth adding very little water into a very fluffy batter.
  2. Add salt, rice powder and all ingredients. Keep aside for 2 mins.
  3. Mix well with your hand and make small vadas on a greased plastic sheet or wet palms
  4. Fry till golden brown on a low-medium heat.
  5. Drain on paper towels and serve hot with tangy Coriander Chutney


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  1. MySpicyKitchen

    Never tasted drumstick leaves but like spinach and methi in moong dal vada. Am sure this vada must have tasted amazing with addition of greens

  2. vaishali sabnani

    The vadas with greens are great , healthy and crunchy . Like this version , interesting take !

  3. Gayathri Kumar

    My mom used to make this type of vada often. Looks super inviting. Love to have it with a cup of hot tea..

  4. cookingwithsapana

    Those vadas looks so crispy and delicious to munch on.

  5. The Pumpkin Farm

    do we get drumstick leaves in mumbai….never gave a thought, the vadai looks crunchy and delicious

  6. The vadais have turned out great..looks crispya and inviting!

  7. Suma Gandlur

    Vadas look really crunchy and tempting. I have bookmarked it for my next batch of fried foods whenever it happens. 🙂

  8. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    What a lovely vadai with drumstick leaves. I am lucky to find drumstick leaves here, so will give it a shot.

  9. Lovely addition of drumstick leaves.

  10. Nalini's Kitchen

    Crispy looking vadas,never tried with drumstick leaves.Will try it soon.

  11. wow u used drumstick leaves kya? Very nice..

  12. Wow these sound yummy.

  13. Priya Suresh

    Omg, those crispy vadas is calling me, feel like munching some rite now.

  14. Crispy yummy Vadai with healthy greens. Never tried with drumstick leaves though. Bookmarked.


    After a tiring day, just came back and having my cup of tea….want to grab this plate of deliciously looking vadas 🙂

  16. Smruti Ashar

    The vadas look so lovely! Perfect pick and so wonderfully made 🙂

  17. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    Perfect evening snack, all I need is cup of hot coffee????

  18. Oh my what a delicious and crispy looking masala keerai. Yummy, yummy!!

  19. yes i have also heard of this keerai vadai. haven't tasted it though… interesting recipe

  20. It was a staple snack item during our chennai days! Yours looks so inviting

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