Saturday, September 13, 2008

Madras Special Vadai Curry & Set Dosa!

Ten years back my Dad made vadai curry at our home. That was the first time I tasted it.
And after that this is the second attempt in our home and I’m eating this for the second time!
Yeah we have forgotten this awesome dish for quite a long time..I have to thank my friend Shravan who reminded me of vadai curry..He being a Chennaite, has so much affinity for this particular dish. And he insisted me to give this a try. So finally I tried it and it became a massive hit in our home! I promised my folks that it would be a frequenter in our home..
This dish is particularly very popular in Chennai….Typically vadai curry is served with 2 or 3(in Sets) spongy dosas or idlis.The basic idea of Vadai curry is to use the left over masala vadais (lentil fritters)..But today I exclusively prepared the masala vadais for making this curry. We always have a good stock of dosa/idli batter in fridge, as most of the tamilians do..So we had the vadai curry with thick,spongy ‘kal dosas ‘..It harmonized to a hearty dinner!

Part 1: For making Vadai

You will need:

1/2 cup Bengal gram and 1/4 cup Tuar dal soaked in water for 2 hours
6 dried red chillies
1/2 tablespoon saunf / fennel seeds
10 curry leaves
1/2 cup small onions
Oil for frying
Salt to taste

Part 2: For making curry

You will need:
3 onions
4 tomatoes
6 cloves of garlic
1 tspoon of ginger-garlic paste
few sprigs of coriander for garnishing
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Ground the following:
1/4 cup grated coconut
5 green chillies
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
3 cloves
1 cinnamon stick

Coarsely ground soaked lentils of the Part 1 ingredients.Finely ground the chillies,fennel seeds and curry leaves and mix with the lentils.Add salt and finely chopped onion and combine.

Make patties/vadais and deep fry them in oil until golden brown..You can also steam the vadai/patties in idli moulds..

Drain the excess oil in a tissue paper..

Cut/break the vadais into equal sized chunks..

In a deep frying pan,heat 1 tablespoon oil and saute the onion,garlic and ginger-garlic paste for a min..

Add the grounded paste of Part 2 ,tomatoes,salt and turmeric powder and cook for few mins..

Add 1 cup of water and bring to boil..

Add the vadai chunks into the curry and cook till the gravy thickens ..Turn of the heat and garnish with chopped coriander..

For making spongy dosa, make a thick circle of dosa batter in a hot griddle and drizzle some oil.Cover with a lid and cook till you see spots as you see in the picture above.Then flip the dosa upside down and drizzle few drops of oil .Cook for a min and transfer to a serving plate.

Spicy vadai curry is perfect with spongy dosa..Just try it,you will feel it.Words barely can explain what a joy it is to savour this for a weekend!

Have a great Sunday !


  1. I was referred to yr blogspot by yr dad. I was fortunate to be associated with him at kuwait though for a brief period.

    Your food journal is very professional and shows yr natural interest/talent in cooking.

    Now yr vadai curry has aroused my college day memories at guindy when it was idli- vadai curry i think it was every wednesday. Wherever i go i ll be at the mess at 7 p.m for the vadai curry.
    At home my mother will give all excuses to avoid making such foods and my wife 's only excuse is my mother will not permit

    Now i will ask her to make it asper yr recommendations and give u feedback.

    There is a joke also that vadai usi pona vadai curry -stale vadais make vadai curry-u have shown that vadias can be made exclusively for vadai curry,
    happy cooking and best wishes

  2. Thank you for dropping by and appreciating!Its quite interesting to know about your nostalgic Vadai curry stories.Wish I could prepare this for you someday!

  3. looks great,simply superb,both dosai &vadai are very tasty even it seems,,,continue,gud luck

  4. Thanks Sri..You are always very encouraging!

  5. hi,
    Just bumped into your lovely page...
    There is a Bob Marley song " An Hungry Man is an angry man" which is really true but seeing your pics of the delicacies gives a feel of full stomach.... and even an angry (hungry) man would feel the sumptuousness in the stomach....
    Kudos to the good work...

  6. Welcome Sir.Thanks for visiting my blog..

  7. hmmm
    Nice to see a reply to the comment, am glad to see a computer engineer who is also good at cooking... ha ha ha....

  8. This looks perfectly yum! Vada curry with Set dosa super combination!

  9. I was looking for Vadai Curry recipe online. The one I have didn't come out great when I made last time. Today I made your recipe with Onion Dosa (maavu became little bit sour). Whoh It was great. Thanks for the recipe. And also I noticed your profile and your location say "Chidambaram". I came from CDM too...

  10. Oh.. Nice that you stumbled at my recipe. I am glad to know that you are from CDM too.. Well now , Iam in usa for studies :)

  11. I actually enjoyed reading through this posting.Many thanks.

    Gift to Chennai