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Chennai Vadai Curry

Steamed vadai cooked with coconut gravy

Recipe by christy gerald of Dubai, AE

This dish is a popular dish in Tamil Nadu(the best combination for appams and idlis in Chennai).

Ingredients vegetarian 4 servings

    • 1 finely chopped Onion
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes
    • 3 Garlic flakes
    • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
    • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
    • 1 tsp chilli powder
    • 1 tsp salt to taste
    • 1/2 cup grated coconut
    • 1 tsp garam masala
    • 1 tbsp refined oil
    • 3 cups water
    For Vadai:
    • 1/4 cup gram dhal
    • 1 tbsp toor dal
    • 2 Red chillies
    • 1 tsp saunf
    • 1/4 cup chopped onion
    • few Coriander leaves and curry leaves
    • 1 tsp salt


    1. Soak the dhals for 30 mins and grind coarsely with the chillies,saunf and salt(without adding water).
    2. Mix the onions, curry leaves and the coriander leaves with the batter.
    3. Pour the batter in an oil coated idli plate and steam them for 12 mins.
    4. Let it cool for some time and then cut it into small pieces.keep it aside
    5. Grind the coconut with chilli powder,garam masala 1 cup of water and keep it aside.
    6. Heat oil in a pan, add the onions,curry leaves, ginger-garlic paste, garlic flakes and chopped tomatoes.
      When the oil floats on the surface, add the coconut masala, turmeric powder, salt and 2 cups of
    7. water.when oil begins to separate, add the vadai pieces and coriander leaves and cook for 5 more minutes.
    8. Serve this vadai curry with Appams or idlis.



    Dear christy I hope you are adding more spices . Can be lessoned