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Vada Curry Recipe

Written By Angela Steffi on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 | 9:51:00 PM

Vada Curry is one of my favorite curry which is made with fried masal vada cooked in a spicy south Indian gravy. Vada is a very famous recipe in Tamil Nadu, it goes very well with breakfast recipes and can accompany all the variety rice recipes for lunch and is also a good companion to tea and coffee. There are 2 famous types of vada - Medhu Vada and Masal Vada , this recipe is made with masal vada and can also be with leftover masala vadai bought form stores. When we serve idli with vada we require additional chutney or sambar but vada curry is a complete side dish recipe and can be served stand alone with Idli dosa, chapathi and lot more.

Please click here to watch Vada Curry Recipe in Tamil - Madras Samayal.


Serving Size                  : 4 people

Preparation Time        : 2 hours for soaking

Cooking Time              : 30 minutes
Difficulty:Spice Level:

QuantityIngredients for Vada Curry Recipe

For Vada
1 cupChanna Dal / Kadalai Paruppu
2 tspFennel seeds 
4-5Dry red chilies

Salt to taste

Oil for frying

For Vada Curry
2 TbspOil

1 Bay leaf, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 cardamom, 2 cloves
1 tbspGinger Garlic Paste
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp  Garam Masala powder 
1 tsp Coriander powder
2-3 tspRed Chilli Powder
Green chilies
1/4 cupGrated Coconut
fewCurry Leaves

Coriander leaves

Salt to taste 


Cooking Method

Step 1)  Vada Mix:
Soak Channa Dal / Kadalai paruppu for 2 hours.
Drain the water completely and transfer it to a blender and also add fennel seeds, dry red chilies , required salt and grind it to a coarse paste.


Step 2) Frying Vada:
Fry the vada mix in oil until golden . Once golden remove from oil and break them into small pieces and keep it aside.



Step 3) For the Curry base: 
Heat oil in a pan and add cinnamon stick, cardamon , bay leaves and cloves. Add finely onions, some salt and saute until the onions turns golden.

Step 4)
Once the onions turns golden add  green chilies, ginger garlic paste and the masalas - Turmeric powder, coriander powder, Garam masala powder and chili powder and some curry leaves .Mix it once and then add finely chopped tomato some water ,cover and cook until everything turns into a paste.

Step 5) Coconut Paste:
In the meanwhile grind coconut with some water in a blender and keep it aside. Coconut adds thickness and creamy taste to the curry. Coconut is purely optional, if you don't like the taste of coconut then your can skip.

Step 6) Vada Curry:
Once the tomatoes turns into a paste add coconut milk and let it come to a boil. Now add the broken masal vadas and cook for few more minutes.

Step 7) Garnishing :
Finally add curry leaves and coriander leaves for garnishing and turn off the heat.


Our Delicious Vada Curry is ready to be served. You can make this recipe with the leftover masal vada as well. This recipe goes excellent with dosa, Idli and chapathi.



Vada Curry is a traditional recipe of south India made with Masal vada cooked in an authentic Indian curry base. It is an excellent side dish for Idli, Dosa and Chapathi.
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  • 1 cup Channa Dal
  • 2 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 4-5 Dry red chilies
  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 Bay leaf, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 cardamom, 2 cloves
  • 2 Onions
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 2 Green chilies
  • 1/4 cup Grated Coconut
  • few Curry Leaves
  • Coriander leaves
  • Salt to Taste

  • Instructions:
    1. Soak the dal and grind it along with fennel, red chilies and salt
    2. Fry the vada mix in oil and break the vada into small pieces
    3. heat oil and add the whole spices
    4. Saute onions and add tomatoes and the masala
    5. Add coconut milk and add the vadas - and cook for some time
    6. Garnish it with curry leaves and some chopped coriander leaves
    7. Our Delicious Vada Curry is ready to be served.

About Angela Steffi

I am an avid food blogger with a great passion for food. I am always eager to try new recipes and modify recipes and experiment with them. I have two cooking channels on Youtube CLASSIC MASALA HUT (for english recipes) and MADRAS SAMAYAL (for Tamil recipes).


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