Rava vada recipe | How to make instant rava vada | Suji vada

By Swasthi on August 5, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Rava vada recipe with video – Karnataka style Instant rava vada made with semolina. These vadas turn out crisp from outside and soft from inside. Rava vada are not so common on the Hotel or restaurant menus, but can be found in some udupi restauarnts served as rave vada. These crisp fried snack are really quick to make any time and are best served with some chutney.

rava vada recipe

To make rava vada we don’t need to grind or blend any ingredients. Basic ingredients like yogurt/curd, onions, curry leaves, chilies, coriander leaves, cumin and ginger are used to make the batter.

These rava vada go well with any chutney. Coconut chutney , Tomato chutney, pudina chutney & peanut chutney pair very well.

How to make rava vada or suji vada

1. Below are the ingredients needed to make the recipe. Rava, Curd or yogurt, green chilies, onions, grated ginger, chopped curry leaves and coriander leaves, hing, jeera,salt and soda.

2. Add 1 cup rava/ suji and half cup yogurt to a mixing bowl.

mix suji curd to make rava vada

3. Add 2 tbsp water. Do not add more.

addition of water to make rava vada

4. Mix it well. The mixture must not be soggy. Allow to soak for 10 to 15 mins. While the suji rests, chop the onions, green chilies, curry & coriander leaves. The dough must be moist, if it is dry sprinkle some water.

Dough to make suji vada recipe

5. Add soda, salt, ginger, cumin and hing.

spices to make semolina vada

6. Add onions, green chilies and curry leaves.

onions to make rava vada recipe

7. Mix up everything. Then beat the dough very well with your hand for 30 seconds to 1 minute. This aerates the dough. The dough must be thick, sticky and well binded at this stage otherwise it will not hold shape. It should have enough moisture else they will turn hard.


8. Add oil to a hot pan and begin to heat it for deep frying on a medium flame.

Add oil to a hot pan

9. Grease a foil or cling wrap. You can also use damp cloth or banana leaf. Divide the dough into 10 to 12 parts and place them on the foil. Grease your fingers and flatten them. Make a whole in the center. Do not make them too thick.

Grease a foil or cling wrap

10. When the oil turns hot enough (medium), transfer the vada to your greased fingers.

how to make rava vada

11. Drop the vada by shaking off your fingers gently. Repeat dropping one after the other to the hot oil.

frying semolina vada

12. Keep stirring until golden and fry well on a medium high flame until golden. Do not fry them in low heat, they will turn hard. A very high flame will also not cook them well.

golden fried suji vada

Serve crispy rava vada hot or warm with a chutney.

instant rava vada recipe

Tips to make rava vada

  1. Do not skip soda & yogurt in the recipe. As both these ingredients react with each other and aerates the dough.
  2. The key to making these rava vadas crisp and not hard lies in making the batter correctly. The batter has to be thick and should be able to spread easily. It means it must have enough moisture in it.
  3. Do not make them too thick they have to be thin enough to prevent turning hard.
  4. Beating the rava vada dough for some time will make the dough light & will prevent the vadas from turning hard.
rava vada

For more vada recipes, you can check
Sabudana vada
Medu vada
Masala vada
Cabbage vada
Dal vada

Rava vada recipe

rava vada

Rava vada recipe | How to make instant rava vada | Suji vada recipe

Rava vada are a deep fried snack made of semolina, yogurt , onions and other basic ingredients. These are eaten as a snack with some chutney or can be had plain with tea.
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings12 vada

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 1 cup rava or semolina
  • ½ cup yogurt or curd
  • 2 tbsp water or more as needed
  • ¼ cup onions finely chopped
  • ¾ teaspoon ginger grated
  • 2 sprigs coriander leaves finely chopped
  • 1 sprig curry leaves finely chopped
  • 2 green chilies
  • ½ tsp cumin or jeera
  • ¼ tsp soda-bi-carbonate or cooking soda



  • Mix together yogurt and water in a bowl. Add rava and soak it for 10 minutes. The dough must bind well if it is dry you can sprinkle some water.
  • While the rava soaks, chop onions, chilies, curry leaves and coriander leaves. Grate ginger.
  • After 10 mins, add onions, chilies, leaves, cumin, salt and ginger to the soaked rava and make a dough. Beat the batter very well for 30 seconds to a minute with your hand in clock wise direction. This helps to make the rava vada fluffy. Lastly add soda and mix it gently.
  • The dough must bind well and must be sticky and easily spreadable. If it is dry you can sprinkle some water. If the dough is too stiff then they will turn hard.

Making rava vada

  • Heat oil in a deep fry pan. Grease a foil or cling wrap. Divide the dough to 12 portions and make balls. Place them on the foil. Flatten and make a whole in the center.
  • When the oil is just hot enough, test by adding a bit of the dough to the hot oil. The dough has to rise without browning. This is the right temperature.
  • Grease your fingers, transfer the vada to your fingers. Then gently shake off the fingers. Rava vada will drop in the oil. Do not disturb them for a while until they turn firm.
  • Fry until the rava vadas on a medium high flame by stirring often. Drain them on a kitchen tissue when they turn crisp & golden. Fry all the vadas in batches similarly. Serve rava vada with chutney.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.


NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Rava vada recipe | How to make instant rava vada | Suji vada recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 13
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 43mg2%
Potassium 20mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 stars
I just tried this recipe for breakfast.It was easy and quick to make and the vadas came out crispy and very tasty. May God bless you for your efforts:)

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It is really good I tried it. Thank you

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Good recipes….easy to follow and understand…great fan

Im a huge fan of your page. Literally, im able to serve good food to my family because of you. Even though there r loads of recipes blogs, channelss and pages out there, what sets you out is the precision with which you do it, and the fact that it speaks to everyone out there. The step by step pictures, the dos and donts, the written recipe- all are very useful and helpful.
As i expected, even this rava vada was great:).
Thank you so much for all your efforts and love.

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Hi sis

I tried your recipe and it turned out so delicious. Thank you.

I was wondering if it can pre Prepped and stored in the fridge , and at what stage ?

Hi nice recipe, can u please tell if fine or coarse semolina to be used? Thanks

Good recipe, i will also try

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I tried your rava vada, it came really well… I loved it, I’ll try other recipes too and share my experience

Very good looks yummy I must try your rave WADA thank you so much

Hii swasthii.. Which soda did u used here? Is it baking soda??

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Sooji vadas are awesome ?..thanks for sharing such a easy and quick recipe..

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Hi Swasthi
The search text box which was previously available is missing from quite sometime, can that be incorporated on your webpage, or else searching a particular recipe has become time taking and tedious.
Thank you

Yes, the one that was available below the post, after the comments section

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Thank you Swasthi for doing the needful. I rely on your website for many cuisines which needs a lot of searching. My work got easier now, thanks once again.

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this all recipe very nice

Rava vadas are looking crisp and delicious. Nice Recipe.

Yum I love these vadas. I did not know they were made in Karnataka.