Vadacurry/Vadakari/Vada Curry - Saidapete Special

Today is letter V under our mega marathon themed Journey through Tamil cuisines and its a popular accompaniment,vadacurry.
Vadcurry is an accompaniment served  for idly,dosa and idiyappam.Mini masala vadas are dunked in a creamy rich onion,tomato based gravy.
As this curry was introduced in a hotel at Saidapete in Chennai and gets popular.Since then its called as Saidepete vadacurry/vadakari.
Low fat steaming version of vadas can be made and add in the gray.But in hotels deep fried vadas are crumbled and used.So I followed the recipe and deep fried the vadas,used it.Off to the recipe........

                                                                              Vadacurry/Vadakari/Vada Curry

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 15 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 35-40 minutes
   Serves ~ 3-4


 For the vadas

Channa dhal/kadala paruppu
1/2 cup
1/2 inch piece
2 cloves
Red chilly /varamilagai
Fennel seeds/sombu
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
to fry

 For the gravy
Onion/ vengayam(finely chopped)
1 (medium size)
Ginger&garlic paste
1 tbs
2 (medium size)
Red chilly powder/milagai podi
1 tsp
Coriander powder/dhaniya podi
2 tsp
Turmeric powder/manjal podi
1/4 tsp
Green chilly/pachamilagi
3 (slit lengthy)
Thick coconut milk
1/2 cup
Curry leaves/karivepillai
few leaves
Coriander leaves
1 tbs(finely chopped)
1.25 tsp
1 tbs

   For the tempering
Fennel seeds/sombhu
1/4 tsp
1 inch
Bay leaf

  •  Soak the channa dhal in water for couple of hours,after soaking drain the water completely.Take the soaked channa dhal,fennel seeds,ginger,garlic,red chilly and salt.Grind it to a coarse paste without adding water.Transfer it to a bowl.Heat oil in a pan and once it becomes hot take a handful of batter. Pinch out a small gooseberry size batter and drop it in the oil.Fry it till it becomes nice and golden.
  • Remove it from the oil and drain it on a paper towel.Crumble half of the vadas and keep it aside.Heat 1 tbs of oil in a pan to make the gravy and do the tempering with the given ingredients.Add the onion,green chilly and curry leaves along with a pinch of salt.
  • Saute it till transparent,add in the ginger&garlic paste and fry it util the raw smell disappears..Add in the pureed tomato and cook it until mushy.Add in all the spice powders and salt,give it a mix.
  • Let it cook for a minute.Add around 1.5 cups of water and cook it for 5 minutes,let it simmer for another 2 minutes.At this stage add the coconut milk.
  • Let it boil for 2 minutes or raw smell goes off.Now add the crumbled vadas and vadas to the gravy.Let it cook for 2-3 minutes in a medium flame.Add in the chopped coriander leaves and put off the flame.
  • Serve it with idly or dosa.

    • After adding the vadas to the gravy,it tends to absorb more gravy so adjust the consistency of the gravy while cooking.
    • For steaming the vadas,take the prepared batter in a idly plate and steam for 5-7 minutes.
    • Instead of coconut milk,coconut paste can also be used.


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    This looks something similar to garelu pulusu we make. The base of the curry sounds yummy. Though it is served with idli dosa, it might taste good even with rice. Nice pick for V.

    I had made this Vada curry for one of the mega BM and we loved it..I love the way you have served it with idli.

    Vadacurry and idlis is there anything to beat this combo, simply delicious. My mouth is just watering here.

    I tried this last year for our monthly marathons. Dosa and vada curry combo. Flavorful curry na. Love the way you made the vadas.. small bite ones

    Vado curry sounds yummy and seems like it can be enjoyed alone without the breakfast dishes.

    I love this combination..very nicely done..

    Beautifully made vada curry. You are tempting me with your snaps Nalini..

    Love the vada curry base. Beautiful pictures.

    Vada curry base is delicious, awesome combo:)

    That is one delectable looking vada curry. So yummy!!

    Such a delicious looking vada curry.Love to taste it with rice.

    Mouthwatering dishes you have there. Loved the vadacurry and idlis. Bookmarked this recipe to make it soon!

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