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vadacurry recipe | Chettinad vadacurry recipe

Vadacurry recipe,a classic side dish for Tamilnau with channa dal, onions and tomatoes. Delicious when paired up with idli or dosa
Prep Time1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time22 mins
Total Time1 hr 32 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3
Calories: 445kcal
Author: Harini


For vadas

  • 1 cup channa dal
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 3- dried red chilies
  • Salt

For vadacurry masala

  • 3 big tomatoes chopped or pureed
  • 1 onion finely sliced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed ginger
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • small cinnamon stick
  • Salt
  • Oil


  • Wash and soak channa dal in enough water for 1-2 hours.
  • Drain all the water and grind it a very coarse paste. Add fennel seeds and dried red chili while grinding. Add just 1-2 teaspoons only if needed while grinding.
  • Heat a paniyarakal/appe pan and grease each mould with few drops of oil.
  • Spoon in the batter in each mould. Flip each vada 2-3 times at enough intervals and cook till golden brown. You can add more drops of oil if you prefer. Repeat the same with remaining batter.
  • In the mean time heat 2 tablespoons oil in a kadai. Add cloves, cardamon seeds, bay leaf, cinnamon stick. Saute till aroma wafts out.
  • Add crushed ginger, garlic and curry leaves. Saute well.
  • Add chopped onions. Saute till onions turn soft.
  • Add chopped or pureed tomatoes. Saute well.
  • Add salt, chili powder and turmeric powder. Mix well and cook till tomatoes turn soft and leave out oil.
  • Add3/4 cup to 1 cup water. Bring to a boil.
  • Add the prepared vadas. Mix well. Cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes. Stir well and mash the vadas in between.
  • Once done, add cilantro leaves/coriander leaves. Serve vadacurry hot with idli or dosa or set dosa.


1. Do not miss the whole spices.
2. Be cautious while adding salt as it is added in vada too.
3. If you prefer you can deep fry or steam the vadas too.


Calories: 445kcal