Maddur Vada

Maddur Vada

I have been traveling to the city of Bangalore since I was a kid along with mom and the food from Karnataka is quite special to me.  A lot has changed in the city over the years but the local food is still supreme. Maddur vada is one the many veggie snacks to gorge on. I got a chance to visit the city of origin, Madduru in Karnataka and had the authentic vadas. Even now mom bringing a s pack when ever travels to Bangalore.

Making the vada is really simple and doesn’t take a lot of time. To me, it is almost instant vada as the prep time is quite less compared to making other vadas. Maddur Vadas do pull in a lot of oil, so it is a little lighter than most other deep fried snacks. So the three main steps after the prep is:

MIX: Shape: Fry

Mix the flours and then all the other ingredients. Some hot oil is poured on the flour while mixing

Shape the vadas into discs. Banana leaf or a plastic film comes really handy while shaping the vadas

Deep fry in hot oil

Refined flour or maida is used to bind the vadas. I have tried using gram flour or besan as a substitute and the taste is still the same. Moisture is the key to consistency. If you mix and let the ingredients sit then there will be some moisture from the onions, curry leaves and green chillis that will seep into the vada mix. So add very small quantities of water so that you can make a tight batter and shape the vadas. If you are going to mix all the ingredients and fry the vadas at a later time, then don’t add water and let it sit. Check the consistency before frying and add little water, if needed.

Maddur vada ingredients 1

Rice flour, semolina and plain flour

Maddur vada ingredients 2

Chopped onions and green chilies

Maddur vada ingredients 3

With chopped curry leaves

Maddur vada shaping

Shaping the vadas on plastic sheet

20140125_185925Maddur vada ifry

Deep frying the vadas

Maddur Vada recipe:


  • Rice Flour: 1/2 cups
  • Semolina (Rava): 1/4 cup
  • Plain Flour (Maida): 1/4 cup or Besan (gram flour)
  • Curry leaves: 12-15
  • Green Chillies: 2-3
  • Salt
  • Aesofotodia powder: 1/8 tsp
  • Onion: 1 medium sized
  • Oil: 2tbsp + for deep frying


  • Finely chop the curry leaves and green chillies
  • Chop the onion into fine pieces


  • Mix the rice flour, semolina and plain flour in a bowl
  • Heat two table spoon of oil and pour over the flour and mix with a spoon
  • Add the chopped onions, green chillies and curry leaves and mix thoroughly
  • Set aside the mixture for at least 15 mins. The moisture from the onions will seep into the flour mix
  • Add some water if required so form a thick dough
  • Divide the dough into small portions & roll it into small balls
  • Press and shape the portions into vadas or discs. Plastic film or banana leaves come in handy for shaping the vadas
  • Heat oil in a wok for deep frying
  • Reduce the heat to medium and fry the vadas till they are golden brown color on both sides
  • Serve hot

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