Tuesday, March 12, 2013

How to make Vada Curry at home? / Side-dish for Idly, Dosa / Vadai Curry Recipe / Lentils based Spicy Curry / Step-by-Step:

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Vada Curry is a very famous & tasty South Indian gravy served with Idly, Dosa or Appam. 
I got this simpler version from my Mom, who is an expert in making Vada Curry. 
First we have to prepare Vadas / pakoras and then it is dunked in a spicy, flavorful gravy.  Even though it took time to prepare this dish,  the end result  is absolutely great,  just as we have tasted in one of the restaurants. 
Make delicious Vadai  Curry  using this yummy recipe & share your comments..:)
To prepare Vadai:
·         Bengal gram dhal      - 1 ½ cup
·         Red chilly                 - 1 or 2
·         Saunf                       - 1 tsp
·         Chopped coriander leaves
·         Salt to taste
·         Oil to fry
To Prepare curry:
·         Onion                                   - 2
·         Ginger garlic paste                 - 1 tbsp
·         Tomato                                - 2
·         Coriander & mint leaves        - handful
·         Cloves                                 - 2 or 3
·         Cinnamon                               - 1” piece
·         Cardamom                              - 2
·         Bay leaf                                 - 1
·         Marathi moghu                      - 1
·         Cumin seeds                        - ½ tsp
·         Turmeric pwd                        - ¼ tsp
·         Red chilly pwd                      - 1 tsp
·         Coriander pwd                      - 1 ½  tsp
·         Thick coconut paste  - ½ cup
·         Salt to taste
·         Oil as needed
To Prepare Vada / Pakora:
1.     Wash and soak Bengal gram dhal for 2 to 3 hrs.
2.     Drain the water completely.
3.     Grind it coarsely with, salt, red chilly and saunf. ( without adding water )

4.     Heat oil in a pan.
5.     Make uneven balls from the ground paste and drop in batches to the hot oil.
6.     Deep fry in low medium flame, stirring once in a while.
7.     Once it attains crisp and light golden color, drain from oil.
To Prepare Curry / Spicy gravy
1.     Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a fry pan.
2.     Add finely chopped onions and fry till transculent.
3.     Add little salt to the onions to speed up the frying process.
4.     Add ginger garlic paste and sauté for a minute.
5.     Add tomato slices and sauté further until tomatoes are cooked mushy and oil oozes out.
6.     Add finely sliced fresh coriander and mint leaves and mix well.
7.     Allow the masala to cool.
8.     Grind it to fine paste.
9.     Heat 1 tsp oil in the same fry pan.
10.  Add curry leaves, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf, Marathi moghu and cumin.
11.  Wait to crackle.
12.  Add the ground mixture and fry till oil separates.
13.  Add turmeric pwd, red chilly pwd and coriander pwd.
14.  Taste the curry and adjust salt as the vadai has its salt.
15.  Mix well.
16.  Add 2 cups of water and allow to boil for couple of minutes.
17.  Grate coconut to pieces and grind it to smooth paste with little water.
18.  When the curry attains a little thicker consistency, add the coconut paste.
19.  Combine well and allow to boil for 2 to 3 mins.
 Add 1/2 cup of water and adjust the consistency of the curry as required.
20.  Boil 2 cups of water in a bowl.
21.  Add the fried pakoras / vadai to it and allow to boil for just one boil. ( this helps the pakoras to turn soft and easily mashable in the masala curry prepared above )
22.  Drain the pakoras from hot water.  ( reserve the water, so that it can be added to the curry finally .  Vada Curry tends to thickens as it cools. )
23.  And add the soaked pakoras to the Curry prepared .
24.  Mix well and keep it in simmer for few minutes.
25.  Let the Vadas absorb the spicy masala
26. Turn off flame.
28.  Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.
29.  South Indian special  Vada  Curry  is ready...!!
30.  Enjoy with  Idly,  Dosa   or  with  Aappam.

Other Side Dish for Idly, Dosa:

·         14 Idlies / Sambar Idly

·         Idly Milagai Podi

·         Coconut Chutney

·         Green Chutney


  1. a new dish for me.... gonna try it soon

  2. Hey I was searching it for a long definitely going to try this on weekend .... Thanks.

  3. Really nice way of explaining;-). . Gud effort & Thanx for the recipe!!

  4. Nice way of explaining, Gud effort!! And Thanx for it

  5. Sure it is great combination for Dosa and Idly. Thanks Jayanthy Kumuran, excellent post!

  6. Soo easy recipe.. clear explanation.. did so many times.. I got expect in vadacurry due to this guidance.. keep it up..

    1. Thanks Deepa for inspiring feedback. Happy cooking 👍

  7. First time am seeing your website and posts. The dishes look yummy.. will try Jayanthi. Kudos to you..:) ;) Thanks much..


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