05 February 2014


Vada curry is a delicious side dish for idli n dosas. Steamed cooked channa dhal balls, cooked in onion, tomato based gravy. Traditionally leftover deep fried vadais are used the next day by mashing them and cooked in a spicy gravy. 

What you need for steamed balls:
1/2 cup - Channa dhal
3 nos - Red chillies
1/4 tsp - Fennel seeds
Salt as reqd

Soak for 3 hrs and grind to coarse paste with salt. Make small balls and steam cook for 10 mins.

What you need for gravy:

1 no - Onion, chopped
2 nos - Tomatoes, chopped
2 nos - Green chillies 
1/2 tsp - Turmeric powder
1 tsp - Sambar powder
1 inch - Cinnamon stick
2 nos - Cloves
Salt as reqd
Oil - 1 tsp
1 sprig - Curry leaves
2 tbsp - Fresh coriander

How to make:

Heat oil in a pan fry the cloves, cinnamon stick, add onions, curry leaves, green chillies and saute well.

Add tomatoes, turmeric powder, salt and cook till it softens. Add 2 cups water, sambar powder an dbring to boil.

Slightly mash the steamed balls and add to the gravy. Cover and cook for another 3 - 4 mins or until gravy thickens switch it off add fresh coriander and serve hot with dosa.


  1. Love this low calorie version.

    On-going event: South Indian cooking

  2. I am yet to try this low calorie version, i too have bookmarked this from Cooksjoy! you have made it perfectly...looks yummy!

  3. this is really interesting... love that filter coffee in the pic as well... awesome...

  4. This is my favorite one.. Bookmarking it...

  5. Tempting vada curry ..very inviting :)

  6. delicious and want to finish that plate

  7. Delicious and lovely looking veg curry.

  8. Love your low cal version too good :) hats off steaming vadas why did I never think of this ;-)

  9. I really must try this. Vada curry has always been one of my favorites

  10. I love this a lot.looks yummy too