Oct 8, 2010

Sambhar Vada - A Regional Delicacy

Sambhar Vada is an authentic regional dish of South India. The humble dish has become very common and has made its presence in every part of the world. A recipe which makes a full meal in itself, and can be devoured at any time of the day.

The secret of soft and fluffy vada lies in the right consistency of the batter, which should be light and full of air. Heavy grinders with rotatory stones are perfect for making the batter for vada. The batter in the picture above is airy and making peaks.

  • 1 cup of De husked Black gram
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • A few Peppercorns
  • Water as required
  • Oil for deep frying

Method:  Wash and soak the black gram (Dhuli Urad dal) for 2-3 hours. Drain the water and grind it into fine paste. Add salt and peppercorns (kalimirch).
Heat oil in a wok. Take a small plastic sheet and make it wet, put a small lump of the above batter on it and spread it a little. Make a hole in the centre and drop it gently into the hot oil using a flat ladle to remove it from the sheet.
Fry the vada till it turns golden brown in color. Make all the vadas and keep them on a tissue paper to absorb the excess oil. Makes about 30 Vadas.

The vadas will be very crisp from outside and soft from inside. Arrange the prepared vadas on a serving plate and pour the Sambhar over them.

Check Legumes Made Easy - Sambhar for the recipes of Sambhar.


  1. How i wish i had them, i never make all these things at home . I have tried but i always moan saying they don't taste good as back home.
    This looks so so good.

  2. Delicious sambar vada..love to taste it! tempting click too..

  3. wow these wadas are looking amazingly soft and fluffy inside.Really tasty.

  4. I love vada sambar. I am drooling looking at the pictures.

  5. I have never seen such a beautiful batter, delicious vadas.

  6. SLurppp!!mouthwatering vadas!

  7. Tempting .... surely makes me hungry !!!

  8. omg,luks very tempting.I wish to grab the plate...

  9. WOW this sambar vada looks very tempting, yummm!!!


  10. Sambar vada looks so irresistible. Makes me hungry :-)

  11. Mouthwatering sambar vada..looks so perfect and yummy!!!

  12. Ahh..my all time favorite..very nicely done!

    US Masala

  13. Haven't seen such perfect looking vadas lately...That's so true about the grinder and I miss mine so much :(

  14. Hey Sanjeeta!!

    Thanx for stopping by at Sinless Delectables!! You definitely should try the Dingri Muttar Masala out!! I promise, you will NOT be disappointed!! :0)

    Your Samabar Vada looks AWESOMEEEEE!! Vada is probably the one snack item I miss most since I moved to US. I have never tries making it before fearing failure. Your recipe seems simple, and the results look YUMMALICIOUS!! I will certainly be trying this one out sooon!! :0)