Maddur Vadai

Maddur Vadai

Recipe by Shanta Rao


Prep time


Cooking time




  • 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

  • Chili 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.