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Flat lay shot of South Indian Medu Wada | Lentil Fritters in a kadai with dried red chillies around it.

South Indian Medu Wada | Lentil Fritters

Medu Wada is a traditional South Indian breakfast /tiffin dish. Its popular all across India not just in everyday cuisine but also as an indispensable part of the menu on special occasions like festivals and weddings. Made with urad dal/black lentils, this fried crispy snack is delicious to taste & easy to make.
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Asian, Indian
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes



  • The recipe is super simple. Soak urad dal/split black lentils for an hour. Drain the water and transfer it to a mixer grinder. Add curry leaves, asafoetida,dried red chillies and rock salt to it. Blitz to a smooth paste. Water is not required but if needed add 1-2 tbsp of it to help in the grinding process. The batter should be thick and not runny. Heat oil for frying. Now the traditional way of shaping the wada is by flattening it on a plastic sheet, creating a hole in the center and then dropping it in hot oil. It looks like a doughnut. But it is a complex process for me, so I fry them shaped as small balls using a spoon. It works for us. Serve these dumplings in hot sambhar.


To prepare it in less oil, you can fry the wada in an appe pan.