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Crunchy Poha Vada, Sambar & Chutney

Rekha Unni
15 minutes
Prep Time
70 minutes
Cook Time
6 People
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ABOUT Crunchy Poha Vada, Sambar & Chutney RECIPE

The poha vadas are quite crunchy, yummy and mouthwatering. They are easy, simple and quick to make. Serve with traditional sambar and coconut chutney and you will have smiling satisfied family/ guests

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Medium
  • Everyday
  • South Indian
  • Simmering
  • Pressure Cook
  • Frying
  • Sauteeing
  • Breakfast and Brunch
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 6

  1. For Poha Vada
  2. 2cups poha
  3. 1cup water
  4. 1/2 tsp Grated Ginger
  5. 1green chillies finely chopped
  6. 1tsp peppercorn
  7. 2 tbsp rice flour
  8. Half cup curd
  9. Baking soda pinch
  10. Few curry leaves chopped
  11. Salt
  12. For Coconut Chutney
  13. 1cup freshly grated coconut
  14. 1-2 Green chillies
  15. 2tsp roasted chana dal
  16. 1/2 tsp Grated Ginger
  17. 1/2 tsp tamarind (optional)
  18. Salt
  19. Chutney tempering
  20. 1tsp coconut oil
  21. 1/2 tspMustard seeds
  22. 1-2 dry red Red chillies
  23. few curry leaves
  24. 1/2 tsp Split Urad dal
  25. For sambar
  26. 1cup Toor Dal
  27. 3cup water
  28. 1tsp turmeric
  29. Salt to taste
  30. 2tbsp coconut oil
  31. 1 carrot,2 brinjals, 2 tomato,1 potato cubed
  32. 1cup Ash gourd cubed
  33. 1/2 cup pumpkin (optional) cubed
  34. 2drumsticks, 4 ladies finger cut lengthwise
  35. 8-9 sambar onion or 1 large onion thinly sliced
  36. 1-2 green chillies slit
  37. 3tbsp tamarind (adjust)
  38. 2 tsp grated jaggery(adjust)
  39. few curry leaves
  40. Coriander leaves handful
  41. For sambar masala
  42. 6-7 dry red chilly
  43. 1.5 tsp cumin seeds
  44. 4tbsp freshly grated coconut
  45. 2tbsp Chana dal
  46. 2tbsp split urad dal
  47. 5tbsp coriander seeds
  48. 1tsp fenugreek seed
  49. 1tsp coconut oil
  50. For sambar tempering
  51. 2tbsp ghee or coconut oil
  52. 1tsp mustard seeds
  53. 1tsp jeera
  54. 1tsp split urad dal
  55. curry leaves
  57. 1tsp hing


  1. Make sambar, chutney and then poha vada
  2. For making vadas- soak poha in water for 5 minutes and then mash it well
  3. Add curd, baking soda to poha. Mix well. Set aside for 10 minutes. Add rest of the ingredients mentioned for vada. Mix well
  4. Heat oil. Wet your palms, take lemon sized ball of poha mix flatten and shape like vada. Fry until golden brown on medium flame. Allow excess oil to be absorbed by absorbent towel.
  5. Make coconut chutney by grinding ingredients mentioned under chutney list with adequate water. Temper with ingredients mentioned in chutney tempering. Pour it over prepared chutney. Tamarind increases shelf life and adds flavor to chutney
  6. To make sambar, first cook dal with turmeric and water in a pressure cooker for 3 whistle, simmer the cooker for 5 mins. turn off the heat and let the steam go all by itself. Open the cooker and mash up the dal. Set aside.
  7. make the sambar masala. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and add in all the sambar masala ingredients. Roast on a low heat till it gets golden. Remove this to a blender and add little water at a time and make it into a fine paste. Set aside. Soak tamarind in warm water
  8. Take a big pot. Heat 2 tblspn of oil. Once it is hot, add in onions, green chillies, tomatoes and curry leaves. Saute for a couple of mins. Add in all the veggies along with salt and pinch of turmeric powder.Mix that well for 5 min or so
  9. Add in water and cover the pot and cook for 10 mins till the veggies are tender. Add in cooked dal, sambar masala, jaggery and tamarind pulp. Mix well and taste the sambar adjust the seasoning. simmer the pot for 10 to 15 mins.
  10. make seasoning by heating oil or ghee and frying all the ingredients listed. Pour this over the sambar and mix well. Add in lots of chopped coriander leaves and mix well.Sambar is ready
  11. Serve vadas hot with sambar and chutney

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Maithili Iyer
Maithili Iyer   Jan-16-2018

Would love to try this.

Shoba Bharathraj
Shoba Bharathraj   Jan-14-2018

Superb... Will try :)

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