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Urad Dal Vada on a copper bowl over a wooden table served with green and red chutney

Urad Dal Vada

  • Author: Shradha Rawat
  • Prep Time: Overnight
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: Overnight
  • Yield: 5 persons 1x
  • Category: Appertizers
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Diet: Vegan


Urad Dal Vada are lentil fritters which are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, mildly spicy, aromatic and so tasty



  • 1 cup urad dal (husked and split black gram)
  • 12 cups of water
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 green chilies, chopped (or according to taste)
  • A handful of coriander or dhania leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp jeera or cumin powder 
  • 1 tsp red chili powder (or according to taste)
  • Salt to taste
  • 23 tbsp til or sesame seeds
  • 23 cups neutral oil to fry the vada


  1. Soak urad dal 5 hours or overnight .
  2. One done, strain the water and grind urad dal thoroughly to make a fine thick paste. Add some water if necessary.
  3. Add salt, chili, jeera powder, garam masala, onion, coriander leaves. Mix all ingredients well.
  4. Apply water on your palms so the batter doesn’t stick and make small balls. Coat the top side with sesame seeds. (Note – you can also flatten them in a flat round, a thin patty with a hole in the center)
  5. Deep fry the vada in oil until they turn golden brown on both sides.