Thursday, 5 November 2015

Mint Medu Vada - Garelu - 3 Tips to make perfectly shaped cripsy Pudina Vadai recipe

Mint Vada or Pudhina Vada or Garelu is crispy, tasty and delicious vadai made with mint leaves/pudina. It is nothing but our regular Medu vada but with loads of mint leaves. Mint leaf increases appetite, gives instant energy, it is a great soothing agent. 

Mint Vada-Pudina Vadai

When it comes to lazy weekends vada is one of my husbands favorite breakfast but he trys to avoid this because of gastric trouble and it bloats his stomach, so i came up with an idea to add loads of mint herbs/leaves as it is a good soothing agent and relieves acidity and gas. Mint also increases appetite.


1. Urad Dal - 1 cup (I used Urad dal with skin so the vada is black)
2. Pudhina(Mint) leaves - 1 cup (loosely packed)
3. Green chillies - 4
4. Coriander leaves - 2 to 3 sprigs
5. Curry leaves - 1 sprig
6. Pepper corns - 6
7. Salt - To taste
8. Coconut Pieces - 2 tsps
9. Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
10. Oil - For deep frying


1. Soak urad dal in water for 1 hr
2. After an hour drain the water and grind urad dal to a fine paste without adding water
3. Batter should be thick, take a small roundel of the batter and drop it in a small bowl with water
4. The batter roundel should immediately float on the water, it should not sink to the bottom
5. If it floats on top then it means this is the right consistency of the batter
6. Now dish out the batter into a bowl, add finely chopped mint leaves, coriander leaves, curry leaves, green chillies, coconut pieces, salt, cumin seeds, crushed pepper powder and mix well

7. Heat oil in a pan, make vadas using the batter and fry in hot oil

8. Tasty, yummy and healthy Mint Masala Vada are ready to serve

3 Tips on how to make Medu vada perfectly shaped and crispy :

1. If the vada batter becomes watery then add some Bombay Rava and rest for 5 mins. Bombay rava sucks all the excess water in the batter.
2. Bombay Rava also helps the vada to become more crispy after frying
3. Points 4 & 5 of above Procedure

Do checkout my other vada recipes:

  - Urad dal vada | Medhu vada Recipe  

  - Pesarapappu Vadalu | Rubbudu Garelu recipe