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Sunday, August 26, 2012



Whole white urad dhal - 1 cup
Chopped cabbage - 1 cup
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp.
Green chillies - 3
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Salt - as per taste (or approx.1/2 tsp.)
Oil - 1 cup


Soak urad dhal in water for an hour.

Chop the cabbage finely, add 1/4 tsp. of salt, mix well using your hand and leave it for 10 minutes. Squeeze out the excess water using your hand.

Chop green chillies and curry leaves.

Grind the soaked dhal in a grinder to a smooth paste using very little water. The batter when dropped in water should float and that is the consistency. When smooth and slightly frothy, add salt and grind again for two more minutes.

Take out the batter and add the cabbage, cumin seeds, green chillies, curry leaves and mix well. The batter should be as shown in picture.

Heat oil . Meanwhile, wet your palms with water, take out a ball from the batter and flatten it using your hand and put a hole in the centre. (OR) can use a plastic cover (OR) banana leaf.

Carefully drop them into the oil and turn it on both sides and cook till golden brown.


Ensure medium heat of oil. If oil is smoking, the vadai will become red but will not be cooked.

Do not add salt in the beginning. The batter doesn't double if added in the beginning. Add salt only when the batter is smooth.

Wet your palms,or fingers or plastic cover or banana leaf for each vadai and the vadai doesn't stick to your hands.


  1. Drooling for half a dozen hot vadais!!

  2. Real healthy and tasty vada...

  3. Wow!!! vada with cabbage nice twist....

  4. Super yummy and tempting cabbage vadai

  5. Nice recipe, vada looks perfect and yumm.

  6. my mom makes this way, love the crunchy bits of cabbage inside. thanks for sharing this recipe!

  7. very interesting and yummy vada..

  8. Just the other day I made keerai vadai and told that soon it will be cabbage vadai! One way of adding more nutrition to the vadai. This one looks special!

  9. Simply love this super tempting vadas, i do add mixed veggies to make these vadas.

  10. Must say never had these with cabbage..looks yummy..

  11. Simply love this,tempting vada.

  12. Looks Yummy..happy to follow you:)

  13. wow shanti...u r managing both blogs so well....was going thr the recipes...very unique collection ...nice to know abt iyengar cuisine and rituals


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