Maddur Vadai

This is a delicious, crunchy snack that originated in a small town called Maddur in Karnataka. According to local lore this snack was first sold at the railway station in Maddur.

Makes about 20 pieces.


Rice Flour : 1 cup
Maida or All Purpose Floor : 1 cup
Fine sooji : 1 cup
Butter : 50 grams
Vegetable Oil : 2 -3 cups (for deep frying)
Onions : 2 large
Chilli Powder : 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste :


Lightly fry all three flours just until they are warm to the touch and become fragrant.
Chop the onions finely.
Combine all the ingredients except the oil and mix well. Do not add any water to the mixture.
Set aside for 30 minutes and let the onions release their juice.
Lightly mix the dough with your fingers and form balls that are the size of a medium lime.
Heat the vegetable oil in a heavy bottomed pan until it starts to ripple slightly.
While the oil is heating, shape each ball of dough in your palm into a flat disc. The discs should be about quarter inch thick. Adjust the thickness to get the right amount of crispness after frying.
Fry the vadais in the vegetable oil on medium fire until they are golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
Serve hot.

Recipe Credit : Shanta Rao