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Sambar Vada

Sambar Vada

Sambar vada is served in restaurants and tiffin stalls. It can be served along with breakfast or as a snack.Uzhunnu vada soaked in sambar is an absolute comfort food and represents the simple and homely flavors of South Indian breakfast. Try this you will surely love it.

For the vada
Urad Dal/Black lentil skinless- 1 cup
Ginger finely chopped- 1 inch thick
Curry leaves finely chopped- 1 spring
Whole black pepper-a few
salt to taste
Oil- 2 cup to fry

For the Sambar
Toor Dal/sambar parippu- 1/2 cup
Pearl onions- a few
Tamarind one lemon sized
Chilly powder- 1  tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 1 tsp
Sambar powder- 1 tsp
Fenugreek powder- 1/3 tsp
Asafoetida- 1/3 tsp
Mustard seeds
Dry red chilly- 2
Curry leaves
Coriander leaves
Salt to taste

To make the sambar
Wash Toor dal/sambar parippu and cook with enough water in pressure cooker. After 3-4 whistles remove the lid and mash the dal.
Add pearl onions, chopped tomato,turmeric powder and salt. Add one more cup of water if necessary and close the lid. Cook till it is soft.Add all the powders and pour thick tamarind pulp. Bring this to a boil and finally add coriander leaves and asafoetida.
In a pan heat oil and add mustard seeds. When it splutters add one tsp of chopped onion and saute. Fry red chilly and curry leaves and add this to the curry and mix well.Keep this aside

To make vada
Wash and soak urad dal for about 4-5 hours.
Drain and using a food processor or mixer  make this into a smooth thick batter.
 Add  chopped ginger, curry leaves and whole black pepper. Mix in salt and keep this aside for about 10 minutes.
Heat oil in a pan. Take a lemon sized portion of the batter mixture and shaped into a  ball and then press a finger in through the middle to  make a depression in the center. Drop into hot oil and fry in medium flame till both sides turns golden brown.Drain into paper towels.
To serve take two vadas in a bowl and pour sambar on top. Allow it to soak for a few minutes and serve.

Try this,
Hope you will all enjoy!


  1. Filling and delicious sambar vada, love it..

  2. oh kutty kasarunnundu....uzhunnuvada anyway is delicious

  3. Kandittu kothiyaayittu vayya...

  4. Suja mole kodhipikyathe...adipoli aayitonda


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