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Vadakari/Vada Kari/Vadai Curry

Vadakari_Vada_Kari_Vadai_Curry_1 Here is the tasty, crispy, aromatic vadakari. It is a popular side dish of Tamil Nadu. Bengal gram is soaked and prepared like masala vadai. It is then crushed and mixed in a spicy curry. The spices used slightly differ from home to home.

It suits well with Idli, Dosa, Poori or with any snacks. We love to have this with Idiyappam. As the preparation time is little more (comparing to chutneys), this dish can be prepared on a holiday or when you have enough time.

This dish is known with slight variations as Vadakari/Vada Kari/Vadai Curry.


  • Bengal gram – 1 cup
  • Onion – 2 no
  • Tomato – 3 no
  • Green chilli – 3 no
  • Red chilli – 3 no Vadakari_Vada_Kari_Vadai_Curry_2
  • Fennel seeds – ½ tea spoon
  • Ginger small piece – 1 no
  • Garlic – 5 cloves
  • Red chilli powder – ½ tea spoon
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tea spoon
  • Garam masala powder –½ tea spoon
  • Coconut milk – ½ cup (optional)
  • Mint and coriander leaves – few strings
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Oil – for deep frying and seasoning
  • For seasoning
    • Cinnamon sticks – 2 no
    • Cloves – 5 no
    • Fennel seeds – ½ tea spoon
    • Mustard – ½ tea spoon
    • Curry leaves – few


  • Preparation of Vada: Soak Bengal gram for 2 hours; grind it with salt, fennel seed, red chilli and turmeric powder to a coarse paste.

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  • Deep fry as small vadas.

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  • Crush them into few pieces; now crispy masala vadai is ready for mixing in spicy curry.


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  • Heat a pan with oil and do the seasoning; add chopped onion, garlic, green chilli and fry well till onion is transparent.

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  • Add chopped tomato and fry till soft; add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, salt and fry for few seconds.

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  • Add mint leaves, coriander leaves and fry till oil separates from it.

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  • Add two cups of water and let it boil for few minutes.

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  • Vada Kari: Now add crushed vadas and boil for few seconds only.

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  • Lastly add coconut milk, mix gently, keep for few seconds and remove.

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  • Now tasty Vadakari/Vada Kari/Vadai Curry is ready. Serve hot.





  • Vadas will absorb some water from vadakari. Quantity of water to be added, can be varied accordingly.
  • Adding coconut milk is optional. It makes the dish creamy and rich in taste.

{ 15 comments… add one }

  • prathibha August 30, 2010, 8:19 pm

    I want to grab that plate full of idiappam’s n vada curry…yummy

  • Priya August 31, 2010, 1:49 am

    Never say no to this vada curry, truly tempting..

  • rinkubala September 14, 2010, 7:44 pm

    wow what a vadaikari,my husband like this vadaikari very much.awesome picture

  • Anitha Prakash October 2, 2010, 7:49 pm

    wow its really tasty and my husband liked it very much…and the pic is really superb

  • chitra November 29, 2010, 6:38 pm

    vadakari is very tasty to eat and the picture is very nice

  • Kanchana December 15, 2010, 12:43 pm

    hi, can u plz change the look and feel of htis blog… it is cluttered and the page tabs are overflowing in my browser… i find it hard to locate the recipe index from the drop down menu…

    i’ve tried out many recipes from this and they came very well… recommended it to my mom as well… thank u…

  • abi January 16, 2011, 7:28 pm

    this is too good. You should even share the idiyam recipe .The idiyappam is very inviting .. slurrp …

  • KOKILA August 24, 2011, 12:57 pm

    really Tempting lip smacking taste i love this a lot

  • Viswa September 14, 2011, 6:24 pm

    I had several times this dish at restaurants, but after seeing this I really wanted to try preparing at home. Thanks.


  • Ranjan Samuel December 8, 2011, 10:32 pm

    Garam masala ingredients for vada kari? Important I thought!!

  • Brinda February 13, 2012, 8:59 pm

    This dish is truly tempting to see…also, the onions are finely chopped in the picture…would like to know what brand is your chopper??

  • Kamala February 17, 2012, 6:09 pm

    @ Brinda
    I used ‘Prestige’ brand food processor to chop onion.

  • shree February 22, 2012, 3:39 pm

    wow…what a dish.yummmmmy…..

  • jaikar December 30, 2012, 1:02 pm

    with pictures load, it is really very easy to follow, i will prepare this dish at home. thank you.

  • vani January 22, 2013, 12:48 pm

    Very awesome dish!!!!!! Got good applause from my hubby!!

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