Medu Vada: A Popular South-Indian Breakfast Treat

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Medu Vada is one of the most sought-after South Indian recipes we know other than Idli & Dosa.

The name is enough to make our mouth water. (I can smell 2 fluffy Vadas floating over steamy hot Sāmbhar). It is undoubtedly a breakfast we can have on the streets as well as in restaurants. No wonder it’s a breakfast for rich & poor.

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Do you know? Medu is a Kannada word that translates to ‘soft’ and Vada to ‘fritter’ Medu Vada finds its origin …

There is no certain evidence that can be considered as its origin but it is said to be prepared first in the Maddur town in Karnataka. It slowly gained popularity when introduced in Maharashtra by quite a few Udupi restaurateurs.

To your surprise, this south Indian breakfast is known differently state wise

  • Ulundu Vadai (Tamil)
  • Uzhunnu Vada (Malayalam)
  • Garelu (Telugu)
  • Urad Vada
  • Medhu Vadai

Some also call Medu Vada as Indian Doughnut.

Medu Vada can also be savored with slightly sweet & whipped curd if you want to taste something different than siders like Sāmbhar & Coconut Chutney.

Andhra Pradesh natives also have Medu Vada with chicken curry and the dish is named Minappa Garelu.

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What makes it a healthy & perfect start of the day?

The light and healthy breakfast of Medu Vada is nutritious too. It has the goodness of black lentils which is a rich source of Vitamin B and proteins. Vegetarians keep themselves away from meat and fish proteins but Medu Vada can fulfill their protein intake with taste.

You won’t believe but it is good for digestive health too. (Don’t you think of toor dal online shopping to make Sāmbhar tastier?) Besides this, it is beneficial for hair and skin.

5 Yummy Medu Vada Types to try at least once

  1. Masala Vada

Made with chana dal and spices, Masala Vada is common street food in Tamil Nadu. It is also known as Paruppu Vadai & is available almost everywhere.

They have a stronger taste than a regular recipe and are crispier too.

  • Mosari Vade

If you want to try something offbeat with Medu Vada then go for this one. Popular in Karnataka, it is not soaked in Sāmbhar but curd. You may know this recipe as Dahi Vada in North India.

  • Maddur Vada

The word Maddur is derived from Maddur district located between Bengaluru and Mysuru. This Medu Vada is not savored with any substitute and is deep- fried to crispy brown texture. It is mainly prepared by blending Rava, rice and maida flour. A mix of finely chopped onions, grated coconut, and curry leaves is also added for a distinct taste.

  • Thavala Vada

Thavala Vada is the Super Healthy version of Medu Vada which is prepared with a blend of rice, four dals (you can use Rentio Tuvar Dal, Chana Dal, Urad Dal & Moong Dal) and coconut. It is yet another type of Medu Vada popular in Tamil Nadu.

  • Pepper Vada

Pepper Vada is served as Prasad in South Indian Temples. You can have it with chutneys of your choice.

I hope you enjoyed the read.

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