Crispy Medu Vada, originally from the southern region of India, is a savory fritter type snack that is typically enjoyed with a cup of hot tea or coffee. Made out of urad dhal, these doughnuts are crispy from outside and soft from inside. It is mostly served as a breakfast item and is also enjoyed during festive or religious occasions. It is commonly served with sambar and coconut chutney.
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Soak the urad dal in water for about 5 - 6 hours.
Drain the water and grind the urad dal, green chillies, black pepper, cumin seeds, and asafoetida into a smooth batter.
Add salt, chopped coriander leaves, and chopped onion to the batter and mix well.
Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat.
Wet your hands, take a portion of the batter in your hand, make a hole in the centre and gently slide it into the hot oil.
Fry the vada till it turns golden brown on both sides.
Drain on kitchen paper.
Serve hot with sambar and coconut chutney.