Ulli Vada/Onion Vada

Ulli/Onion vada is a delicious deep fried fritter type snack made up of gram flour and onion. Chopped onion is marinated with gram flour and chillies, which keeps onion stuck together when it fries in the oil. If you use more gram flour Ulli vada’s crispiness and crunchiness will reduce, so make sure that you are not adding too much of gram flour into it. Ginger and coriander leaves also can be added if you like the taste, but I usually don’t.

This is my favorite snack for cold rainy evenings. 🙂


  1. Gram Flour :6 teaspoons
  2. Onion : 2 medium size
  3. Green Chillies : 2
  4. Red Chilli Powder : 1 teaspoon
  5. Curry Leaves : 6-7 Nos.
  6. Salt : 1/2 teaspoon (to taste)
  7. Water : 3-4 teaspoons
  8. Oil for frying : 1 Cup


Step 1:
Chop onion lengthwise as shown in picture. Would be good if you chop thin pieces. Cut green chillies and curry leaves also into small pieces. Mix onion, green chillies, curry leaves, salt, chilli powder and water and mix well using your hand (need to press hard).

Step 2:
Leave the mix from Step 1 for 5 minutes and then add gram flour and mix well (soft mixing). If the mix is dry add some more water. Consistency should be in such a way that gram flour should spread and stick on the onions.

Here is how the final mix looks like

Step 3:
In a frying pan, add oil and keep on medium flame/heat. Take a small portion of the mix and make small round shaped vadas using your hand. Put this to hot oil and allow it cook on one side for few minutes. Turn it and again cook. Once the colour changes to brown take out from the oil and keep it on kitchen paper for some time.
You can cook couple of vadas at the same time.

Serve spicy crispy vadas with steaming hot cup of tea.

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