Popular street food “Ulundu Vade (Medu Vade)”


Hello friends, today I bring you a recipe for make the Ulundu Vade (Medu Vade). It’s an Indian version of savory donuts that served as a snack, as an appetizer or even enjoyed at breakfast time. Even though its shape similar to a donut Ulundu Vade is completely different from the texture & flavor. Today it is quite popular as a street food layered with spicy chili paste or a coconut Sambal.  

Star for the Ulundu Vade is Urad dal or split skinned black gram that contains high level of protein, iron, potassium, and calcium which we can consider as an energy source. It is a very good digestion source and prevents constipation. Apart from all, it is a good anti-aging source, good for your skin, clean and removes the excess oil in your face, and improving heart health by increasing the blood circulation. With these health benefits, now you can see it is not only a snack but also a healthy food. I’m going to make Ulundu Vade (Medu Vade) from Urad dal flour in here, it can also make using the Urad dal lentils (I will show that in another recipe).

So let’s get start the recipe, if you follow below steps guys you will be able to taste this delicious snack. Crispy on the outside, soft & fluffy in the inside; it is so good. You need to try this for sure!

For about 14 servings

Ingredients for Ulundu Vade (Medu Vade)

For the dough:

  1. All-Purpose flour 350g
  2. Urad dal flour 50g
  3. Coconut milk 1 & 1/2cup
  4. Dry yeast 1/8tsp
  5. Salt 1/2tsp

For the tempering:

  1. Finely chopped onion 1
  2. Finely chopped Curry leaves 8 – 10
  3. Pinch of salt
  4. Pinch of turmeric powder
  5. Little oil to fry
  6. Optional green chilies, cumin, chili flakes, pepper to taste

Some people like to add chopped onions, curry leaves, green chilies & spices directly to the dough mixture. But I like to give it a quick tempering just to heat the ingredients before adding to the dough, just because I think it will bring much flavor than other. Feel free to choose whatever the way as your preference.

Steps to make the Ulundu Vade (Medu Vade)

  1. First put a pan on low heat & add 1/2tsp of oil on it. Into that add chopped ingredients & spices just to temper it about 1-2min. remove the mixture from the pan & leave it aside.
  1. In a large bowl add sifted all-purpose flour & Urad dal flour, yeast, salt & the tempered mixture. Then gradually add coconut milk to the mixture & combine well using your clean hand.
  2. The dough should be a sticky one. When it all come together apply fine pressure to the dough & knead it for about 3-4 min; keeping the dough in the bowl.
  3. Form a ball after kneading the dough & apply some oil on its surface. Cover the bowl & let it rest for at least 4 hour. It should be better if you can keep it about 4 – 6 hours. 

4. Apply some oil on your hand & when at least the 4hr is up knead it for another 5 – 7 min. Make small balls out of the dough. In here I make 14 balls. The amount of vade you are getting is depend on the quantity of balls that you making & its size will matter for the size of Ulundu Vade. So be aware about that.

5. After shaping the small balls, put them inside of a bowl & pour some oil that can lightly touch each ball.  Again cover the formed balls for another 2hr.

7. As you can see it arises more after the 2hr. now ready to prepare the shape of Ulundu Vade (Medu Vade) like this.

    • Apply some oil on your clean hands.
    • Get a ball on the palm of your non-dominant hand & slightly press the surface to roll out it about 2 to 3 inches in diameter.
    • Remember to maintain fair amount of thickness in the flattered dough ball, because we want a sizeable fluffiness to the Vade.
    • Use your middle or thumb finger to make a hole in the center of the dough. Place it carefully on a plate or you can directly put it on hot oil to fry. I like to shape all the dough balls & then fry because it’s more convenient for me because i found it lot easier than just doing one by one to the oil. 

8. Get a pan with oil on it over the half way in the height of the pan, because Ulundu Vade need to be deep fried. Put it on a medium shove. In an about 1min add little dough drop to the oil, if it come on the oil surface; oil is heat enough to fry. The reason why we want to check heat of the oil is to preventing Ulundu Vade from absorbing more oil than frying. Make sure to do that instead of just before you are dumping the Vade on to the oil.

9. Add Vade on the hot oil & fry both sides flipping to sides when Vade comes on the oil surface. 2-3min will be enough to for frying, so keep eye on it. Wait till Ulundu Vade turn into golden brown in color.

10. Place the fried Ulundu vade on a paper towel, so that it will absorb the oil from the vade. Now that Ulundu Vade is ready.

Steps to make coconut sambal for the Ulundu Vade (Medu Vade)

You will need;

  1. Grated coconut flesh 2cup
  2. Garlic 4-5 cloves
  3. Pepper 1/4tsp
  4. Salt 1/2tsp
  5. Bird Chilli 4-5

You can always adjust those amounts as your taste preferences, hence this is the most basic one to go with Ulundu Vade I pointed out here.

  • Put those on a grinding Stone or in a mortar or in a grinder. In whatever way combine those together & make a smooth paste. If you use a grinder for this it will be quicker & will have more runny consistency because it grind too much.
  • As per many street vendors use a chilli sambal to make it as a sandwich with a layer of chilli paste in between them. Whereas restaurant will use few variety of sambals & chutney when servings.

Ulundu Vade (Medu Vade) is taste best with a dipping like chutney or sambal. Chewing the crispiness on outside, soft & fluffiness from inside; what to say more, it taste just heavenly. Not only for a snack but as a meal Ulundu Vade is ideal, you can also have it as a side dish. You got to eat this, tell me if you are interested in making Ulundu Vade directly from Urad dal lentils. I will make a new post for it just for you. Click up here for more savory flavored snacks like Fish roti, Fish bun.

See you again with a delicious treat like this, Bye Bye!!!

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