Ulli Vadai (Onion Vada | Onion Dumplings) is a very famous snacks being sold in the tea shops in Nagercoil (and in Kerala too).  The aroma of the fried onion with fresh masala is very appetizing and its a great accompaniment for the evening coffee/tea.  This can be made very quickly and and with very few ingredients that we have in our household. Next time, you may want to treat your guest with Ulli Vadai and i am sure that they will like it very much. 



Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time 25 mins
Yield10-12


Ulli Vadai | Onion Vada | Onion Dumplings | Onion Fritters
Ulli Vadai | Onion Vada | Onion Dumplings | Onion Fritters

Ingredients:
Onion500 grams  (3 big size) 
Green Chillies3
Gram Flour / Besan Flour1 Cup*
Rice Flour1/2 Cup*
Fennel Seeds1 teaspoon
Red Chilli Powder1 teaspoon
SaltTo taste
Baking Salt1/2 teaspoon
Chopped Coriander Leaves1/2 Cup*
Baking soda1/2 teaspoon
Curry LeavesFew
OilFor frying

*1 cup = 235 grams


Ulli Vadai | Onion Vada | Onion Dumplings | Onion Fritters
Ulli Vadai | Onion Vada | Onion Dumplings | Onion Fritters

Method:
  1. Finely chop the onions vertically and add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and keep it aside for 5 minutes. The adding of salt brings out the moisture from onions which is used to mix the flours

  2. Finely chop the green chillies and add it to the chopped onions

  3. Add besan flour, rice flour, red chilli powder, salt, turmeric powder, fennel seeds, coriander leaves , baking soda and curry leaves to the onion and mix well and knead it nicely only using moisture from onions. We should not add any water. The moisture content in onions is enough to get a thicker dough

  4. Heat oil in a pan. Test the hotness of oil by adding a pinch of dough. If it sizzles up immediately, then the oil is in the right hotness
  5. Take small amount of dough and make it a ball and drop it gently in the oil. 


  1. Keep the flame in medium and fry the vadas evenly in all sides

  2. Remove the fried ulli vadas from oil and place it in a plate having paper towel to drain the excess oil

  3. The yummy, spicy and crispy Ulli Vada (Onion Vada) is ready to Serve with Hot Tea / Coffee. We can make Coconut chutney or Coriander-Curry leaves chutney and serve with Ulli vadas
  4. Ulli Vadai | Onion Vada | Onion Dumplings | Onion Fritters
    Ulli Vadai | Onion Vada | Onion Dumplings | Onion Fritters

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  1. Thanks for the recipe! I've been very interested in Vada for some time now, and find (even though I can't understand the language) some really fun cooking videos online too. Thank you!

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    1. Hi Shimshamkitchen, thanks for your lovely comments

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