sambar vada recipe | how to make sambar vadai or vada sambar

sambar vada recipe | how to make sambar vadai or vada sambar with detailed photo and video recipe. basically a combination of traditional medu vada recipe with lentil based soup also known as sambar. a traditional south indian breakfast recipe or a snack recipe which is relished with sambar or coconut chutney. the sambar prepared for vada sambar can be easily used to any other south indian breakfast recipes like idli, dosa or even with upma or pongal.
how to make south indian sambar vadaisambar vada recipe | how to make sambar vadai or vada sambar with step by step photo and video recipe. a popular hotel style sambar vada recipe prepared by combining the spiced and flavoured sambar with medu vada or urad dal vada. crisp vada is soaked lentil sambar which makes it soft and tender before serving. in addition the sambar vada is topped with finely chopped onions and coconut chutney before serving.

the recipe for sambar vada is extremely simple and can be prepared easily with fresh medu vada or any left over vada’s. if you are planning to prepare the vada freshly then there isn’t any specific requirements for vada sambar recipe. typically the hot vada’s after frying in hot oil is dipped water to make it soft and juicy. later sambar vada is dipped in lentil based soup also known as idli sambar or plain sambar. it is soaked for about 10 to 45 minutes in sambar so that it absorbs to make it juicy and soft. once it is properly soaked it is served with vada soaked and dipped in a bowl. also it is topped with finely chopped onions and or coconut chutney which enhances the taste further.

sambar vada recipe

while the recipe for sambar vada is very simple, yet some variations, tips and serving suggestion for it. firstly, i have prepared the sambar without any vegetables but can also be prepared with choice of veggies. you can add vegetables like drumstick, radish, carrot, broccoli and beans. secondly, i have used homemade sambar powder to prepare the idli sambar but alternatively you can also use store bought sambar powder too. lastly, while grounding the soaked urad dal for medu vada, try to use less water to prepare thick batter.

finally i would like to highlight my other south indian breakfast recipes collection with this recipe post of sambar vada recipe. it includes recipes like, rava idli, bread medu vada, bread vada, wheat dosa, adai dosa, mysore masala dosa, paniyaram, sabudana idli and neer dosa. in addition do visit my other similar recipes collection like,

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how to make south indian sambar vadai
sambar vada recipe | how to make south indian sambar vadai
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
easy sambar vada recipe | how to make south indian sambar vadai
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: south indian
Servings: 10 Servings
Author: Hebbar's Kitchen
Ingredients (1 cup = 255 ML)
for sambar:
  • ½ cup toor dal
  • 1 to mato
  • ¼ tsp turmeric / haldi
  • cup water
  • 3 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard / rai
  • pinch of hing / asaofetida
  • 1 dried red chilli
  • few curry leaves
  • 2 green chilli slit
  • ½ onion petals
  • ½ cup tamarind extract
  • ½ tsp jaggery / gud
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cup water
  • 1 tbsp sambar powder
  • 1 tbsp ghee / clarified butter
for vada:
  • 1 cup urad dal
  • 2 green chilli finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger finely chopped
  • few curry leaves finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp coriander finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp dry coconut / kopra chopped
  • pinch of hing / asafoetida
  • 2 tbsp rice flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • oil for deep frying
Instructions
  1. firstly, pressure cook ½ cup toor dal, 1 tomato, ¼ tsp turmeric and 1½ cup water for 5 whistle.
  2. in a kadai heat 3 tsp oil and saute 1 tsp mustard, pinch of hing, 1 dried red chilli and few curry leaves.
  3. also saute 2 green chilli and ½ onion for a minute.
  4. now add ½ cup tamarind extract, ½ tsp jaggery and 1 tsp salt. mix well.
  5. boil for 10 minutes or till tamarind extract gets cooked well.
  6. add in whisked dal and tomato. mix well.
  7. also add 1½ cup water and adjust consistency. boil well.
  8. furthermore add 1 tbsp of sambar powder and stir well.
  9. add in 1 tbsp ghee and boil for 2 minutes.
  10. finally sambar is ready to serve with vada or idli.

how to make sambar vada with step by step photo:

vada sambar recipe:

  1. firstly, in a pressure cooker take ½ cup toor dal, 1 tomato, ¼ tsp turmeric and 1½ cup water.
    sambar vada recipe
  2. pressure cook for 5 whistles or till dal gets cooked completely.
    sambar vada recipe
  3. in a kadai heat 3 tsp oil and saute 1 tsp mustard, pinch of hing, 1 dried red chilli and few curry leaves.
    sambar vada recipe
  4. also saute 2 green chilli and ½ onion for a minute.
    sambar vada recipe
  5. now add ½ cup tamarind extract, ½ tsp jaggery and 1 tsp salt. mix well.
    sambar vada recipe
  6. boil for 10 minutes or till tamarind extract gets cooked well.
    sambar vada recipe
  7. now whisk the pressure cooked dal and tomato to form a smooth paste.
    sambar vada recipe
  8. add in whisked dal and tomato. mix well.
    sambar vada recipe
  9. also add 1½ cup water and adjust consistency. boil well.
    sambar vada recipe
  10. furthermore add 1 tbsp of sambar powder and stir well.
    sambar vada recipe
  11. add in 1 tbsp ghee and boil for 2 minutes.
    sambar vada recipe
  12. finally sambar is ready to serve with vada or idli.
    how to make south indian sambar vadai

uddina vada recipe:

  1. firstly, in soak 1 cup urad dal in enough water for 3 hours. do not over soak, as the vadas will absorb oil.
    how to make south indian sambar vadai
  2. drain off the water and grind to fine fluffy paste adding water as required. i have added 4 tbsp of water to make smooth thick paste.
    how to make south indian sambar vadai
  3. transfer the urad dal paste into large mixing bowl. beat and mix the batter in circular motion till they turn light. this helps to incorporate air into batter and make medu vada soft and fluffy.
    how to make south indian sambar vadai
  4. further add 1 inch ginger, few curry leaves, 2 tbsp coriander, 1 tbsp dry coconut, pinch of hing, 2 tbsp rice flour and ½ tsp salt.
    how to make south indian sambar vadai
  5. mix the batter well with the help of spoon.
    how to make south indian sambar vadai
  6. heat the oil in large kadai. wet your hands with enough water and take a small ball sized dough and make it round.
    how to make south indian sambar vadai
  7. now slowly shape the edges and make a hole at the centre like you prepared in bread vada.
    how to make south indian sambar vadai
  8. drop the vada in oil and deep fry the medu vada on medium flame.
    sambar vada recipe
  9. fry on both sides till they turn golden brown and crisp.
    sambar vada recipe
  10. drop the fried vada into warm water and add ¼ tsp salt.
    sambar vada recipe
  11. soak for 10 minutes or till vada absorbs water.
    sambar vada recipe
  12. squeeze off the water and place the vada into a plate.
    sambar vada recipe
  13. pour the prepared sambar over vada.
    sambar vada recipe
  14. finally, sprinkle few chopped onions and serve sambar vada.
    sambar vada recipe

notes:

  • firstly, prepare the vada before hand and pour sambar just before serving.
  • also, soaking vada in hot water helps to absorb more sambar.
  • additionally, add vegetables of your choice while preparing sambar.
  • finally, sambar vada recipe taste great when served hot with chopped onions.
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  2. Hey Hebbar this recipe is delicious, I made it the same way and it was awesome dinner . Enjoyed by my family … Thank you !!!!

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