Onion Vada/Ulli Vada/Onion Fritters/Vengaya Vadai


Onion vada is a Kerala cuisine. It is not soft like bajji and not so crispy like pakoras but texture is neutral between both. It is crunchy on outside and soft on inside. Easy to make snack within minutes. You can prepare this snack with limited ingredients already available in your pantry.

These vadas perfectly suits for any climate with a cup of tea. I love the crispy edges of the vadas. The mild sweetness of the onions covered with spicy batter gives a perfect balanced taste.IMG_20180614_180834

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Prep Time : 10 mins      Cooking Time : 3-4 mins each batch

Serves : 3-4


Onion : 1/2 kg thinly sliced

Green chilly : 2 finely chopped

Ginger : 1 inch finely chopped

Curry leaves : 1 spring

Coriander leaves : 2 tbsp finely chopped

Kashmiri chilly powder : 1 tsp

Turmeric powder : 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Gram flour :3/4 cups

Rice flour : 2 tbsp

Baking soda : 1/2 tsp

Oil to deep fry


  • In a mixing bowl add sliced onions, green chilli, curry leaves, ginger, cilantro, salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder and mix well by your hands..
  • You should mix this really well so that the water from the onions start to come out. After mixing this leave it aside for 5 mins.
  • Add gram flour & rice flour a spoonful at a time and mix well..This vada don’t need any  additional water, the moisture in this onions is enough for making the batter.If you need just sprinkle few drops of batter in this..
  • Now heat a tablespoon of oil and pour it in the batter and mix well.This batter should be a  think one, so that you can form dumplings out of it.
  • Heat oil for deep frying..Make small balls out of this mixture and drop in hot oil.Fry this till golden on a medium heat..
  • This will take around 5-10 mins. Now drain this in a paper towel. Serve hot with chutney or as it is.


Chop and set all veggies ready
Take it to a mixing bowl
Add in kashmiri chilli powder and turmeric powder
mix well with your hands, so moisture will leaves from onion. Leave it for 5 mins
Now add in gram flour, rice flour,salt and baking soda, mix well without adding water
In this add a tsp of hot oil. Now batter ready to fry in oil
Make a small ball or dumpling form. deep fry them in hot oil. Drain fried onion vada in kitchen towel


Serve onion vada with tea or chutney or as it is. Enjoy your evening snacks


  1. I used kashmiri chilli powder for color. If you want, you can add normal red chilly powder and food color too.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Megala says:

    Looks so yummy !

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Ramyarecipes says:

    Perfect 👌 for this monsoon season ☔️

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yup thank u ramya


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