Vada Kari | Lentil Curry

Vada Kari | Lentil Curry

Vada Kari, Vada Curry, Vadai Curry or Vade Curry whatever we may call it but it's the same curry which is just delicious infused with spices.  I love vade curry, a delicacy in Chennai but its pity that now a days it's so difficult to get this wonderful dish in Chennai restaurants or udupi hotels.  Few of the upudi hotels still server this wonderful dish but one has to go there early morning, so why not make of our own and enjoy? It's a simple recipe only list of ingredients may look long but then it's quite simple, lot of people use leftover masala vada to make this & you can do the same.



For Vadai
Channa Dal - 1 cup
Fennel Seeds - 1 tsp
Green Chiles - 2
Ginger - 1 tsp chopped [optional]
Onion -1/2
Cilantro - 2 tbsp chopped
Salt - to taste
Water - 1-2 tbsp [if required]
Oil - To brush pan

For Curry
Oil - 1 tbsp
Bay Leaf - 1
Clove - 2
Cinnamon - 1" pieces
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tps
Onion - 1 large
Tomato - 2 large
Minced Ginger-Garlic - 1 tbsp [or ginger-garlic paste 1 tbsp]
Green Chilies - 2
Red Chili Powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Coconut - 1/4 cup grated
Salt - to taste
Cilantro - 1 tbsp chopped
Water - 2-3 cups


1. Wash and soak channa dal either for 2-4 hours or overnight.  Chop onion, tomato, and cilantro, slit the chilies and keep aside.

2. Wash, drain all the water from soaked dal and grind coarse with fennel seeds, ginger, chilies.  Add 1 tbsp of water only if required.  

3.With the grinded mixture add 1/2 chopped onion, cilantro, salt and mix well.

4. Heat a skillet or pan, brush oil and make small adai of dal mixture, drizzle little oil and cook both sides until brown.  Don't worry about the shape, it's not we are focusing on.  Do the same for remaining dal mixture.
[To make the adai use small amount of dal mixture and spread over tawa, wet hand with water so it will be easy to spread the mixture]  

5. Meanwhile we can start making the gravy, in pan heat oil, add bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon, and cumin seeds allow it to crack.  Add ginger-garlic, onion and green chilies sauté until onion becomes pink, add all the spice powder and mix well.

6.  Add chopped tomato, cook with lid until tomato mash well, add salt and 2-3 cups water; bring it to good boil and simmer for 5 minutes.  

7. Once all the adai done, tire them into small pieces and add in to the curry mix gently.   

8. Grind coconut with little water in to smooth paste and add to the curry, mix carefully, adjust salt if required.  Simmer for 5 more minutes and off the flame. Garnish with cilantro.  

If the vade curry kept for long time the dal mixture will absorb all the gravy so have it while it's warm with dosa/ idly or even with roti it goes well. 

And this goes to Srivalli's Breakfast Mela.

Have a good day ~~


  1. This is a yummy way to make use of the left over vadas:) yummy recipe:)

  2. looks really yumm...I want dat platter now..:)

  3. New to me...looks extremely yum....

  4. yummy....lovely dosa combination....i used to make both the ways...like steaming the dhal mixture or frying it like yours....:)

  5. I have never tasted vada curry,but always have a wish to try,sounds and looks so so tempting with dosa and idli!

  6. will try this sometime...looks yumm..idlis look so soft..

  7. Wow,nice idea,vadai curry looks yummy!

  8. vada curry looks so delicious...! nice clicks!
    in Kerala we make a similar curry with urad dal vadai

  9. Wow....looks yummy.....completely drool worthy....

  10. wow!!!yummy,yummy...never had this before...luks delicious...

  11. Love the healthy version of vadai curry. Slurp!

  12. This looks so yummy, love that bowl full of goodness.

  13. Omg, with dosas and idlies ur vada curry makes me hungry..droolworthy side dish..

  14. Nice stepwise and explanation too...looks very tempting

  15. Looks inviting and yummy!


  16. Looks soo delicious.
    The combo with Idly and Dosa looks perfect:-)

  17. Yummy vada curry!!! Its my favorite curry with idly..


  18. Delicious and healthy looking curry. Wonderful preparation.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  19. New recipe to me, looks so tempting and yummy..

  20. Wonderful recipe dear,makes me drool.

  21. Looks yummy!!! Feel like grabbing that plate now :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  22. vadai curry looks yumm and delicious.

  23. prits...yummmy...my hubby like vadai curry a lotttt :)

  24. prits...yummmy...my hubby like vadai curry a lotttt :)

  25. looks tempting! Never heard of this. We make something else with masala vade, we call it gojjambade in Kannada. Thanks for sharing.

  26. This is a new dish for me . I never heard of it before. I love Dosa, so you can imagine, how much I am going to enjoy this dish!:)

  27. Fav of mine with idlis,looks delicious and very tempting clicks.

  28. Superb. Couldn't stop drooling. Have never tried this so far. I wish we were neighbors :D

  29. This is new to me. Nice way to camouflage left overs too :)

  30. wow, nice side dish idea with dosa/idlis..have to try for sure

  31. never had vada curry before...surely would love to try sometimes !


  32. Not sure if my comment came through!..thanks for the lovely entry Priti..I love vada curry..

  33. though i have tasted this so many times i never tried on my own. great explanations and nice idea of making adai in tawa

  34. I always wanted to know how to make vada curry. Thanks Priti for the recipe.

  35. Such a delicious curry...yummy yumm!!

  36. While I was away I have missed out on quite a few recipes but this one is really interesting. I have eaten rasam vada and really liked it, this one too looks quite delicious.

  37. The more I scroll through your pics the hungrier I get :)
    Delicious looking vadai curry..

    US Masala

  38. To my surprise, I am hearing this recipe for the first time! looks so nice and inviting! have to try out though a long process:)

  39. I made a vada curry recipe too.., from taste of pearl city, with a different version!, yours looks so yummy, I make something like this but it is totally different from yours, this is an interesting recipe should give it a go...

  40. I ve this post in draft, i love vadai curry- ur version is little different! Looks goo!

  41. u have a very nice blog...

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    thanks in advance

  42. Aha.. What an easy method.. love it..

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