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Sambar Vadai
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Sambar Vadai

Sambar vadai is a delcious snack made with the vadai by fully soaking the vadai in sambar and garnishing with some raw onions.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 35 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: TamilNadu
Servings: 4
Author: sharmila kingsly

Standard 1 cup measures 240 ml


  • For Sambar:
  • Toor dal – ½ cup
  • Turmeric powder -¼ tsp
  • Sambar powder – 1-2 tsp
  • Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Tomato -1
  • Onion – 1
  • Grated Coconut – 2 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Tamarind - Gooseberry sized
  • To Temper:
  • Oil/Ghee -2 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds – ½tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Cumin /Jeers – ½ tsp
  • Hing -½ tsp
  • Curry Leaves – a spring
  • Shallots – 4 chopped finely
  • Dry Red Chilli -2


  • Urad Dal – 1 cup
  • Onion – 1 small
  • Pepper corns -1 tsp
  • Ginger – 1 small piece
  • Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp
  • Curry Leaves – a spring
  • Salt as needed
  • Oil for deep frying

To Set Sambar Vadai :

  • Hot Water as needed
  • Onions – 2 medium finely chopped 


  • Soak the Toor dal in water for half an hour and pressure cook Toor Dal ,Onion and Tomatoes with water for about 4- 5 whistles or until the Toor dal is cooked. Wait until the pressure get released by itself. Now open the pressure cooker and mash the cooked toor dal and vegetables finely. Next add in the Sambar powder, Turmeric powder and Chilli powder and mix well. Now Take a kadai/Pan and add in oil or Ghee.
  • Once the oil becomes hot add in the ingredients in order from the “To Temper “list .Fry for a min until you get a nice aroma and then add in the Sambar mixture, Add in Salt and Tamarind water and wait until the Sambar boil, Once the Sambar boils well and the desired consistency is reached add in the freshly grated coconut and finely chopped coriander leaves. Switch off the flame.
  • Wash and soak urad dal for about 3 hours and then without adding water grind it into a smooth paste .Chop all the vegetables finely and set aside.
  • Add in the chopped vegetables to the ground urad dal add pepper corns and salt and mix well. Now heat oil in a Kadai for deep frying.
  • Make sure the oil is very hot drop a small piece of batter and check if it comes to the top this is to confirm the oil is hot enough for frying. Now grease your hands well and take the batter in your hands in the shape of vada. With the help of thumb make a hole in the center of the vada. Drop in the oil for deep frying.
  • Do not flip the vada immediately it might get crumbled .Fry till the vada turn golden brown and crisp. Drain in Paper towel.
  • Now time to assemble the Vadai and Sambar .In a large bowl take water ,Soak the vadai in water and then remove the vadai from the water and squeeze out the water and arrange in the serving plate
  • Repeat this process for all the vadai ,Now pour hot sambar over the vadai and let the vadai gets fully soaked in sambar ,Allow it to rest for about 10 mins and then garnish with finely chopped onions and serve hot.


  • A tsp of ghee can also be added in the vadai before serving.
  • While squeezing out the excess water take care not to change its shape.
Keyword Sambar vadai
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