Easy Ulli Vada Recipe

Try this classic deep-fried ulli vada with onions, chilies, ginger, curry leaves, and gram flour for evening munchies. Ulli vada (onion vada) is famous in South India and Kerala.


– ½ kg Onion sliced thinly – ½ cup Coriander Leaves chopped – 4 Green Chilli chopped – 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 cup Gram Flour – ½ cup Rice Flour – 2 sprig Curry leave – 1 tbsp Fennel Seed – 1 tsp Turmeric Powder – 2 tsp Chilli Powder – ¼ tsp Baking Soda – Salt to taste – Oil for deep frying + 1 tblspn for adding in batter


Peel onion skins. Wash, cut in half, and thinly slice. You may slice onions with a mandoline or a sharp knife. Cut green chilies, curry leaves, and coriander.

Step 1

Add sliced onions, green chilli, curry leaves, cilantro, salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder, baking soda, and fennel seeds to a bowl and mix by hand.

Step 2

This should be mixed well to release onion water. Let this sit for 5 minutes after mixing.

Step 3

Add spoonfuls of gram and rice flour and stir well. The onions' moisture makes the batter for this vada, thus no water is needed.Add a few drops of batter if needed.

Step 4

Pour a spoonful of heated oil into the batter and whisk well.This batter should be thick to make dumplings.

Step 5

Heat deep-frying oil. Drop tiny balls of this mixture into heated oil.On medium heat, fry until browned. Approximately 5-10 minutes.

Step 6

Now drain this in a paper towel. Serve hot with chutney or as it is.

Step 7

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