Crispy Onion Vada Recipe | Vengaya Vadai Recipe | Evening Snacks Recipe


Vengaya Vadai, also known as Crispy Onion Vada or Ullivada, is an easy-to-prepare South Indian tea-time snack made with simple ingredients. It’s a crispy onion fritter that’s prepared differently in various parts of South India.

This savory snack is a favorite among many and is perfect to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee. Its crispy texture and the aroma of fried onions and masala make it a truly appetizing treat. Made from maida, rice flour, onions, spices, green chilies, and curry leaves, this snack is deep-fried to perfection in oil.

Vengaya Vadai doesn’t take much time or effort to prepare and can be made quickly at home. It has a neutral texture between soft bhajis and crispy pakoras, and is hot and crunchy on the outside, with a soft and flavorful inside.

This delicious snack takes around 20 minutes to prepare, which is perfect for busy evenings. It pairs well with both coffee and tea, making it a great snack to enjoy any time of the day. If you haven’t tried Vengaya Vadai yet, you’re missing out on one of South India’s most beloved and tasty tea-time snacks!

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Crispy Onion Vada Recipe | Vengaya Vadai Recipe | Evening Snacks Recipe

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 10 min Rest Time 10 min Total Time 25 mins
Servings: 4
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year



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  1. First, take big sized onion and make thinly sliced.

  2. Add salt and red chilli powder for this onion.

  3. Add turmeric powder.

  4. Add chopped green chillies, curry leaves and coriander leaves.

  5. Mix well with clean hand without adding any water.

  6. Cover and keep aside for about 10-15 minutes.

  7. Add asafoetida and maida flour.

  8. Add any rice flour.

  9. Mix well with clean hand and make altogether.

  10. Now the onion looks watery.

  11. So again, add little maida and rice flour mix well.

  12. Adjust flour quantity to reach correct consistency and small ball sized onion dough.

  13. Slightly press with other hand not too tight and thin.

  14. Heat the kadai with oil for frying.

  15. Once oil get boiled  gently press and put onion vada one by one.

  16. Fry them all in batches according to the pan size, do not flip immediately, allow to fry in medium flame for 2-3 minutes

  17. Do flip occasionally.

  18. Fry until all turn in to golden brown.

  19. Hot, crispy outside and soft inside yummy onion vada is ready for munching.


  • While mixing do not add water, salt and onion itself gives enough water to make mix together.
  • Resting time do not exceed 15 minutes otherwise it adsorbs more oil while frying.
  • Drop one by one and do not disturb immediately.
  • Do not over fry in to dark brown it’ll change the overall taste.
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