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Keerai Vadai( Spinach Vada)

Antara Navin
180 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
3 People
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ABOUT Keerai Vadai( Spinach Vada) RECIPE

Keerai vada(spinach vada) is made with spinach-type leaf vegetables along with lentils. It is a famous South Indian street snack , especially in Tamil Nadu. In Tamil , keerai means green leafy vegetables and Vadai means savoury doughnut. Spinach can be replaced by amaranth leaves.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • South Indian
  • Snacks
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 3

  1. 1 cup Urad dal( split black gram dal)
  2. 1/2 cup tightly packed Spinach leaves or amaranth leaves
  3. 1/4 cup coriander leaves
  4. 1/4 cup curry leaves
  5. 1/2 tsp chopped fresh basil leaves or 1/4 cup mint leaves
  6. 1/2 knob ginger grated
  7. 2/3 cup finely chopped onions
  8. 1-2 green chillies( as required)
  9. 1/2 tsp ground black pepper(optional)
  10. salt as per taste


  1. Wash and clean the urad dal 2-3 times and then soak it in sufficient water for 2-3 hours.
  2. Drain the soaked urad dal well and grind it coarsely in a mixer/blender using very little water. I used a quarter cup and a tablespoon of water for grinding.
  3. Finely chop the spinach leaves, curry leaves, coriander leaves and basil leaves or mint leaves. Add this into the ground urad dal batter.
  4. Add finely chopped onions, finely chopped/grated ginger, finely chopped green chillies, black pepper (optional) and salt as per taste into the batter.
  5. Blend and mix the Vadai batter lightly by hand using a spatula or a spoon to make the batter light and fluffy.
  6. Heat sufficient oil in a heavy bottomed deep pan. The oil should neither be too hot not too cold.
  7. If oil is too hot, the vadai will cook quickly with inside not cooked properly. If the oil is cold, the the vadai will become soggy. If you drop a bit of batter into the oil , it should rise to the top and then brown.
  8. Take some water in a bowl. Wet your palm and take some batter in your palm. Pat the batter lightly so as to form a doughnut not more than 1/4 inch thickness and make a hole in the center with your thumb.
  9. When the oil is optimum hot, lower the heat and carefully invert your palm over the oil and drop the keerai vadai slowly into the oil. If you are not comfortable, just drop the batter as doughnut balls into the oil.
  10. Cook each side on low medium heat for 3-4 minutes each or till the side turns light golden color. Crank up the heat slightly and cook each side for 1-2 minutes to make it crispy.
  11. Take out the vadai on a plate and drain out the excess oil using a kitchen paper towel or any absorbent material. Cook in batches of 2-3 keerai vadai and take care to not overcrowd the wok.
  12. Serve the keerai vadai hot and enjoy with coconut chutney, sambhar or any spicy chutney.

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Bela Saini
Bela Saini   Nov-30-2016


Madhu Jain
Madhu Jain   Nov-30-2016

Very good

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