Apr 7, 2010

Mysore Vadai

After an earthquake weekend, the week started with a downpour of rains here in the usually sunny Southern California. Yeah, earthquake has become part of a season here!!

It was a chilly and rainy evening and I wanted to make some hot, hot vadais to accompany our evening chai. I did not want to make the usual kara vadai, aama vadai or uluntha vadai. I remembered that it was long since I actually cooked something from cookbooks. I adapted this recipe from Mallika Badrinath's cookbook and it came out really good.

Toor Dhal - 1/2 cup
Channa Dal - 1/2 cup
Split Yellow Moong Dal - 1/2 cup
Urad Dal – 1/2 cup
Green chillies – 4
Garlic- 2 cloves
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Coriander leaves - 1 sprig
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

Wash all the four dhals and soak them for atleast two hours.
Add the garlic, green chillies and the salt and grind it in a mixer without adding any water to obtain a coarse mixture. Do not grind it into a paste. The coarse consistency actually gives a nice bite to the vadai.
Finally add the chopped curry leaves and coriander leaves.

In a heavy bottomed vessel, heat oil for about 1.5 inches thick for deep frying. Once it turns hot enough, make small sized balls out of the dal mixture and deep fry until it turns golden brown in color.
Serve hot with coconut chutney or any chutney of choice. Iserved them all by itself along with some hot, hot masala chai!

Sending this to MLLA: 22nd helping started by Susan and hosted this month at Ruchikacooks
and Magic Bullet contest giveaway hosted by mansi.


  1. Wat a prefect crispy snack...feel like grabbing few from the click..awesome fritters!!

  2. Saw the quake Pix Divya, it was scary.

    vadais look tempting, with chutney and chai it would have bee delicious. Wish I can have some now, thanks for the entry.

  3. Lovely vadai!While you decided to do a post on Mysore vadai, I decided to do one on Masala Vadai. Check it out when you have time..The next time it rains, maybe you could give that a shot!

  4. Vada's looking so crispy and delicious...mouth watering..

  5. Nice evening snack..very delicious..

  6. CA and earthquake became synonym! Terrifying...
    This winter has overstayed this year! Never eaten this vada, looks good!

  7. oh..how u tempt me Divs..its actually a rainy evening here now n my tum is growlign seeing this..:(

  8. looks good dear and the recipe sounds yummy !!!

  9. Mysore vadai looks so tempting Divya .With coconut chutney, it will be divine.

  10. This is new to me. I like vadia very much. Its a must try for me this weekend. Thanks for sharing.
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  11. WAW! looks so yummy. Never knew this was called Mysore Vada.

  12. wow!!, vadai looks great Divya.
    Hope the earthquake didnot hit hard. Poor girl.., you people might be tensed there right? Take care.

  13. yum, yummy Vadai, feel like grabbing two from the picture.

  14. mmm. vadas look sooo tempting Divya! we didn't feel any tremors in our side of CA. But I experienced these in Japan the most (we used to get atleast a small tremor every other day). How are you guys?

  15. I have heard of mysore bonda,guess the preparation is more or less similar.Apt snack on a rainy day.CA n earthquake hmmm seems quite common huh.Nice recipe.

  16. hello divya
    how r u? I too made this from her book..looks so cripsy

  17. These vada luks gr8...perfect tea time snack.

  18. Vadais look awesome Divya..
    Its been a while since I visited any blogs due to my German course.. I am hoping to catch up with all your posts soon.. TC :)

  19. Earthquake sounds very scary...take care dear...vadai looks very crispy and appetizing Divya....nice evening snack.

  20. Vadai looks great..never tried this version..will try it soon !!!

  21. Great idea to have vadas on a rainy dau.. Mysore vadqa looks yummy

  22. wooow,,bonda looks perfect dear and perfect snack for rainy day...

  23. i had taste many times, this is not vodai, locals calling as vode. best explanation of how to make mysore vode, mysore vode common in local canteens and hotels. thanks for the info, i will try.

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