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Kadalai vadai (Mullaitivu)

Kadalai vadai (yellow lentil vadai) is made by grinding moist yellow lentils to a chunky paste with bursts of curry leaf and shards of chili. The disc-like vadais are deep fried to a crisp outer shell around a fleshy, light inside.

  • (+ SOAKING)
  • MAKES: 30


  • 2 cups yellow lentils (kadalai parrupu), split and skinless, soaked for 2 hours

  • 1 onion, chopped finely

  • ¼ cup grated carrot (optional)

  • 2 green chillies (or to taste), chopped finely

  • 1 sprig curry leaves, chopped finely

  • ¼ tsp salt (or to taste)

  • ½ tsp chilli powder

  • Oil for deep-frying


  • Drain lentils and grind to a coarse paste using a food processor or grinder.

  • Add onion, chillies, curry leaves, salt and chili powder, and carrot (if using). Mix well.

  • Allow to stand for about 30 minutes.

  • To form each vadai, take a small ball of the mixture and shape into a disc of 3-4 cm diameter and 1-2 cm thickness.

  • Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat.

  • Deep-fry the vadais, turning them over occasionally, until golden-brown.

  • Remove from oil and serve

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