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Ulli Vada

Recipe Category: Quick & Easy, Snacks
Author: Shaan Geo
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Ulli Vada / Onion Vada

Ulli vada or Onion vada is an easy to make Kerala style vada recipe. It can be made quickly within minutes, as an evening snack. The ingredients required are also easily available.

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4.44 from 16 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Cuisine Kerala
Course Snack
Servings 4


  • Gram flour കടലമാവ് - 2 Cups
  • Rice flour അരിപ്പൊടി - 2 Table spoon
  • Onion സവോള - 3 Nos
  • Ginger ഇഞ്ചി - 2 Inch piece
  • Green chilli പച്ചമുളക് - 3 Nos
  • Curry leaves കറിവേപ്പില - 2 Sprigs
  • Water വെള്ളം - 1 Cup
  • Cooking oil എണ്ണ - to deep fry
  • Salt ഉപ്പ് - 1 Tea spoon


  • Slice onions and chop ginger, green chilli and curry leaves.
  • Take the sliced and chopped ingredients in a bowl and squeeze well using hands by adding 1 tea spoon of salt.
  • To this, add gram flour, rice flour and 1 cup of water. Mix it well and make a thick batter.
  • Pour enough oil into a deep bottom pan and heat it. When the oil is hot reduce the flame to medium and drop table spoons of the batter. Deep fry the vadas by turning both sides till golden brown.


Serve the Ulli Vada hot with a cup of tea or coffee.
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Author: Shaan Geo

According to me cooking is an equal-opportunity talent and I find that anybody can cook. It is not limited by the age, profession, caste, colour or creed of a person. What is needed is the love for cooking. For me the passion for cooking does not stop in the kitchen, when I travel, I continue to be inspired by eating in some of the best restaurants around the world.

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68 comments on “Ulli Vada

Mr. Shaan, may I know what is gram flour used for the ulli vada?

    Hi Malathi, Gram flour is also known as chickpea flour, besan or garbanzo flour. In malayalam it is called “Kadala Mavu” and in Hindi “channa ka aata”. It is the flour made from dried chickpeas/garbanzo beans. Gram flour is available in most of the grocery stores. I hope this information helps you and ulli vada / onion vada comes out well for you.

i want to know more snacks recipe

5 stars
So yummy.. I made it yesterday.. It was the first attempt of this little girl to become a good cook.. THANK YOU…

    You are welcome dear little girl 🙂 Thanks for trying ulli vada recipe and also for your regular visit to this website. Really happy to know that your first attempt was a great success. Wish you all the best.

4 stars
Thanks for the post… Tried it today and it came out really good…

Hi.. I think maida+kadalamaavu is more better than rice+kadalamaavu for making ullivada… what do you think Shaan?

    Hi Shefeeena, You are correct. Adding maida will taste better. But I won’t recommend it as it is unhealthy. I always try to avoid maida in my recipes until and unless it is necessary. Thanks for the suggestion and regular visit.

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Hi, this site is so wonderful. Sure it makes me excellent and my cooking, thanks for such lovely recipes and your care about health…

    Hi Amida, Thanks a lot for the nice words of encouragement and also for the wonderful feedback. I am really glad to know that you found this place very useful. Hope to see you here often.

4 stars
Tried it today. Came out well. Thanks for the recipe.

4 stars
Njan ithu undakki nokito innu… and it came out well… thanks for the recipe 🙂

Shaan, thx for the recipe. Actually I enjoy everything except cooking but I will definitely try this.Ta

Shaan I’m gonna try this. My hubby likes naadan kerala foods. Can u add more interesting veg food recipes. I’m new in cooking.

    Hi Susan, Thanks for the comment. I will definitely add more veg recipes in the future. Please do share your feedback after trying this recipe. Hope to see you here often.

4 stars
Hi.. I was just searching for ulli vada recipe.. happend to c ur blog.. I tried it n came out well… thank u for the recipe… regards….

4 stars
Thank you Shaan! I tried this and came out really awesome.. We had it with a cup of hot tea 🙂 I followed the same procedure; additionally added 1/4 teaspoon chilly powder, a pinch of cumin powder & a pinch of asafetida.

4 stars
I tried many of the recipes you posted. Congrats and thank you Shaan, you are doing a wonderful job.

    Hi Ajosh, It is pleasure to know that you tried many recipes from this website. Thanks a lot for your kind words of encouragement and also for the feedback.

I am going to try it today……

Can I add some garlic to it. Is there any problem?

3 stars
Hai, Thanks for the recipe.

5 stars
Thank you for the recipe Shaan. My first try to get some taste of ‘naadu’ was very success.

    Shaijumon, It is pleasure to know that you prepared a Kerala dish for the first time and it was a great success. I am really happy that you choose this website for your first attempt. Hope to see you here often, Happy Cooking 🙂

Hi Shaan, After a 4 months gap I’m back to cooking n had to make a snack with limited resources so opted ulli vada n not to loose any ingredients I quickly checked on net and thats how reached your home…. Vada came out well but I added a spoon full of dosa maav too so lil spongy it will be.

    Linta, Thanks for trying this recipe and also for the tip. Great to know that the ulli vada worked out well for you. Hope you will try more recipes from here. Happy cooking 🙂

5 stars
This recipe is nice but I used kashmiri chilly powder instead of green chilly. My kids like this vada.They are too small if they bite in the chilly piece but chilly powder is nice and gets a red colour to ulli vada.

    Sony, Nice to know that your kids loved it. Thanks for trying this recipe and also for the tip.

Can you please post the recipe of paneer dishes.

Hi Shan, could you please post some Bitter Gourd (Pavakka) recipes STRICTLY KERALA STYLE? Thanks in advance.

Good. Need more snacks recipes.

    Thanks Annie. I will try to include more snack recipes.

5 stars
I tried it today. It came out really well.. and yes, I got a ton appreciations from my hubby. Thankz for the recipe.

    Maria, Thanks for trying this ulli vada recipe also for letting me know about it. Glad to know that it came out well and you got appreciated. Hope you will try more recipes from here.

5 stars
Thanks for sharing this snacks item. I hope u will add more like this, like പരിപ്പ് വട, നെയ്യപ്പം, പഴം പൊരി, പൂവട, ഉഴുന്നുവട and more.

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Very nice recipes. It was my first attempt. It was really fantastic Shaan! Can you please add the tasty boli ! please…!!!!

    Roja, Glad to know that the ulli vada turned out good for you in the first attempt itself. I will try to add the boli recipe. Thank you.

Are you a chef? Can you send some Italian dish recipes. Thanks.

    Susan, I am not a professional chef. I am a software engineer by profession. I will try to do some Italian recipes and send it you.

Thanks. I tried it out and my dad liked it.

    Ranju, Nice to know that the ulli vada recipe worked out well and your dad liked it. Thanks for the feedback.

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Hi Shaan, Tried this recipe today, came out really well. Thanks a ton!!! 🙂

    Vidya, Happy to know that you done it well. Thanks for the feedback.

Very nice recipe. thanksssssss.

I made this ulli vada. So nice and tasty.

Hi, can I make this using wheat flour instead of gram flour?

    Sooraj, I haven’t tried Ulli vada using wheat flour. Please let me know your feedback if you got a chance to try it 🙂

Hi Shan, Nizzzz Recipe. I tried yesterday Ullivada, very yummy and crispy.

    Diji, Thanks for trying this recipe and also for the feedback.

Good one. I made it and everyone liked it.

5 stars
Hey Shaan, Angela here… Happy to be back again. Now the lockdown looks like I might try all the recipes here.. I tried the ulli vada yesterday and it was amazing.. btw the recipe and video mentions different quantities of flours.. the one that I tried was the quantity in your video..
Stay safe!

Hi Shaan,

Tried ulli vada recipe today. Everyone loved it. Thank you.

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