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September 22, 2009


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In Chennai restaurants,Vada curry is one of the most famous side dishes for idly.It is made out of left over masala vada.Though i’ve not tasted it , i had an eye on this for long time to try at home..After going through some of the blogs and websites, i finally prepared it with my own version ( some combinations)..We just loved it. Not a lengthy process as i thought .I prepared this for dinner as an accompaniment for idly.So i dint deep fry the vadas ,instead , i steamed it along with idly.Its ur choice of making it.Wink  As far as i know vada curry should be thick in texture.But we always want the side dishes a bit watery & juicy .So i added more water .Please reduce the amount of water and make it thick based on ur liking..

idly with vada curry


For Vada :
  • Channa dal – 1/4 cup
  • Fennel seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilly – 2 –3 nos (adjust)
  • Salt – as needed
  • Coriander leaves – a few (finely chopped)
For Gravy :
  • Tomato  - 2 – 3 nos (finely chopped )
  • Big onion – 1 –2 no (Finely chopped)
  • Chilly powder – 1.5 tsp  (Adjust)
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt & water – As needed.
To temper :
  • Oil -  1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon – 1 inch size
  • Cloves – 2 nos
  • Bayleaf - 1 no
  • Fennel seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Garlic flakes  -  5 nos (finely chopped) Or G&G paste - 1/2 tsp
  • Green chilly – 1 no (finely chopped)
  • Curry leaves -  a few
Mint & Coriander leaves – To garnish

  • Soak the dal for 1 hour and grind it along with red chillies , fennel & salt to a coarse paste. Then add the finely chopped coriander leaves , mix well.
  • Make small sized balls ( uneven shape) out of the ground paste and steam it for 15-20 mins by keeping in idly plates.(OR Deep fry the vadas) . Set aside.
  • Heat a kadai with a tbsp of oil , add the ingredients given under “To temper “ in the same order.Saute for a minute.
  • Then add the onions & saute till transparent.
  • Add the finely chopped tomatoes and saute well till it turns mushy.
  • Add the chilly ,coriander & garam masala powders and mix well..Add water and cover cook it for 5 mins..
  • Crumble the steamed / deep fried vadas and mix it with the gravy and allow it to boil for sometime till gravy thickens.Add water if necessary.
  • Remove and Garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve hot with idly/ dosa topped with sesame oil.



Lentils :
Lentils contain high levels of proteins, including the essential amino acids isoleucine and lysine, and are an essential source of inexpensive protein in many parts of the world for those who adhere to a vegetarian diet or cannot afford meat.Lentils are deficient in two essential amino acids, methionineand cystine. However, sprouted lentils contain sufficient levels of all essential amino acids, includingmethionine and cystine.
Apart from a high level of proteins, lentils also contain dietary fiber, Folate, vitamin B1, and minerals. Red (or pink) lentils contain a lower concentration of fiber than green lentils (11% rather than 31%).Health magazine has selected lentils as one of the five healthiest foods.Lentils are often mixed with grains, such as rice, which results in a complete protein dish.
Iron content
Lentils are one of the best vegetable sources of iron. This makes them an important part of a vegetarian diet, and useful for preventing iron deficiency. Iron is particularly important for adolescents and pregnant women, whose requirements for it are increased.
Lentils, raw (Dry Weight)
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)

Energy 350 kcal   1480 kJ
Carbohydrates -60 g
Sugars  2 g
Dietary fiber  31 g 
Fat -1 g
Protein - 26 g
Thiamine (Vit. B1)  - 0.87 mg  
Iron - 7.5 mg




Whenever i run short of idly/dosa batter , the one that comes in my mind is rava upma. I really got bored of making rava upma and i wanted to try something else with rava /semolina that should be different in taste and easy to make for breakfast..I saw this karnataka special , Kharabhath in Chitramma’s kitchen and i immediately bookmarked it.Thanks chitra amma , it was delectable..I’ve done this thrice so far . A very filling &  a healthy breakfast Smile


  1. Oh wow i love this so so much..looks too tempting chitra... perfect combo with idli and dosa

  2. Lovely pic chitra...Never have done this dish before...quiet a different one but looks really yummy

  3. Thanks pavithra & sushma for Ur quick comments :)

  4. My friend makes this very often fo idli and passed this too me also.
    Her version is a slightly different from yours.I love this .Your first picture is so drooling. idli too supera irruku

  5. wow,will sure try soon :) Looks mouthwatering!!! Thanks for posting!

  6. This looks soooo delicious with idlis..tempting pics!

  7. This is always a must order dish for me when I visit tamilnadu..lovely n yummy one..

  8. I have enver had vada curry, just looking to that pic i am drooling and those idlies look reall fluffy too.

  9. Such a delectable pair for hot idlis...Lovely clicks Chitra..

  10. have heard the name, but never knew how it looked like..thanks for sharing..

  11. vada curry hummmmm mouthwatering my fav. looks great nice pic.

  12. Unusual dish. Will give it a try. And thanks for dropping by. The site has lovely recipes. Will try them and post the results.

  13. I'm planning to make these will try out urs Chit..thanks for sharing pa..the whole platter looks so lip smacking

  14. எனக்கு மிகவும் பிடித்த வடகறி...

    எங்கள் வீட்டிலும் இதனை அடிக்கடி செய்வோம்.

    இதனை இட்லி, தோசை, சப்பத்தி,புரியுடன் சாப்பிட எனக்கு மிகவு பிடிக்கும்..

    படத்தில் இட்லியுடன் கான்பித்து இப்படி ஆசையினை தூண்டிவிட்டிங்களே...நன்றி

  15. My Favourite curry chithra. Nowadays iam steaming the paruppu vadai's in microwave. it works best.

    love the colour of ur curry!

  16. This is new to me,never heard of this :)

  17. Honestly Chitra I've never even heard of this. Sounds just great ... and the vadas are steamed!! I'll surely give this a try. :-)

  18. Lovely curry... love this with idli/dosa... looks yummy

  19. Vada curry is my husband's favorite dish but he keeps worrying about the fat because of deep frying it. So I bake the vadais. Now steaming it makes it healthy and simple as well. That's a neat idea. Like paruppu urundai kuzhambu but with different masala.

  20. Tasty vadai curry Chitra...I love it very much with both idlis and dosas..this is the first dish my in-laws make for us whenever we visit them in Chennai :)

  21. Vada Curry is some thing new! Looks delicious...:)

  22. Never had this but looks delicious. will try soon. The pictures are awesome

  23. Vada curry looks yummy and delicious. Very beautifully presented with wonderful pictures.

  24. My fav side dish for idli all the efforts are worth trying! I love mine thick!

  25. Hey chitra dear, am getting hungry seeing your soft idlis and vada curry. Lovely large pictures, i suggest you to mark your copyright on the photos and then post. Check for marking photos..!:)

  26. Hi Chitra, nice vada curry my father in laws fav will try out soon...i like your kitchen clinic.. you have a nice blog..

  27. Looks mouthwatering... Looks lovely with idlis.

  28. thanks friends for ur lovely comments..Thanks sanghi, will do it for sure :)

  29. vada curry is my fav.. i made it long time ago... looks yummy gal...

  30. Oh!Wow!This is totally new to me!It looks scrumptious, Chitra!

  31. It's my Favorite one,Looks mouthwatering.

  32. Hi Chitra, Thanks for visiting my blog. The Vada curry and idly look absolutely delicious!! Its been soooo long since I ate vada curry, now I have to try your recipe, thanks!!!

  33. Please accept your award from my blog.

  34. yuummm.. nice one chithra..back at home we make vada's with urad dal..this is a new type with chana n toor or is it jut for this curry..?..

  35. Vada curry looks so tempting ..
    please do collect your awards from my blog dear :)

  36. Idly and madras vadakai, love it. Picture looks great.

  37. Hii Chitra..

    Thanks 4 visiting my blog and ur nice comment..I heard about Vada curry,never taste it..This looks very yummy..will make one day:)

  38. Hi Chitra,
    Thanks for visiting my blog and for ur comment.

  39. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a sweet comment,U too have cute space with wonderful recipes....
    Vada curry looks awesome & tempting!!!nice comb with idili love it...My mom use to prepare it but I never tried it..Waan to try it soon...

  40. Happy Vijaydashami /Dasara to you and your family.

  41. சித்ரா கரம் மசாலா போடாம செய்தால் நன்றாக இருக்குமா?



  42. Never tried this, sounds fantastic !

  43. Thanks dearies for all ur sweet comments :)

  44. @ ammu , u can try without adding garam masala powder.. As we are adding all the spices while we saute, it will be enough flavourful .. do try and let me know :)

  45. Mouth watering da.gonna try it today

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