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.
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.
Tips to make rava vada
- Do not skip soda & yogurt in the recipe. As both these ingredients react with each other and aerates the dough.
- 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.
- Do not make them too thick they have to be thin enough to prevent turning hard.
- Beating the rava vada dough for some time will make the dough light & will prevent the vadas from turning hard.
Rava vada recipe
Ingredients (1 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
How to make the recipe
- 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.
NUTRITION (estimation only)
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If you are new to cooking, follow my detailed step by step photo instructions for best results.
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.
3. Add 2 tbsp water. Do not add more.
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.
5. Add soda, salt, ginger, cumin and hing.
6. Add onions, green chilies and curry leaves.
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.
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.
10. When the oil turns hot enough (medium), transfer the vada to your greased fingers.
11. Drop the vada by shaking off your fingers gently. Repeat dropping one after the other to the hot oil.
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.
Serve crispy rava vada hot or warm with a chutney.