Keerai Vadai – Spinach Vada (with urad dal)

March 9, 2015 Keerai/SpinachNavaratri SpecialPillayar Chathurthi RecipesPongal RecipesSnacks / StartersTamil New Year Recipes  17 comments

Vadai is a popular South Indian snack. This Keerai Vadai is a perfect tea time snack. Its crispy outside and soft inside. Usually in the local tea shops they make it as masal vadai/paruppu vadai (with chana dal). I prefer it with urad dal as Chotu likes the Medhu Vadai best!! So I am more than happy to make this as I can add some spinach leaves to it  Its the best snack to have on a cold/rainy day over a cup of coffee or tea.

Lets get cooking….



[Soaking Time-2 hours : Preparation Time-15 mins : Cooking Time- 25 mins]



  • Urad Dal – 1 cup
  • Spinach – 1/2 cup
  • Onion – 1
  • Green chillies – 2
  • Salt – as needed
  • Oil – to fry





  • Soak Urad for 2 hours and grind it into a smooth and fluffy batter with very less water, just for ease of grinding. Add required salt(minus a pinch of salt) to the batter and mix well.

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  • In a mixer add the green chillies and a pinch of salt and grind it into a paste with little water (about a tbsp only). Add this to the batter. Wash and chop the spinach leaves, chop the onion finely and add both to the batter. Mix well.

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  • Heat a pan with oil enough to deep fry. Take a polythene bag or zip lock bag and wipe it with wet hands. Again with wet hands take a small ball sized batter and place it on the zip lock bag and press it a little, make a hole in the middle and carefully take it & transfer to the hot oil. Deep fry evenly until golden brown on both sides by flipping it. Drain it in paper towels.

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Crunchy Keerai Vadai is ready.

Serve hot.





  1. U can add finely chopped green chillies instead of grinding. We do not prefer biting into a spicy bit every time, so have added as a paste.
  2. U can add pepper powder instead of green chillies.
  3. Wash and drain the spinach in a colander and then roughly chop it. This way u can prevent the addition of more water to the batter.

17 comments to Keerai Vadai – Spinach Vada (with urad dal)

  • traditionallymodermfood  says:

    Wow Sundari I m craving for this vadai.. Pics looks so tempting dear

  • Jayanthisindhiya  says:

    Cute clicks,vadam looks so crispy and healthy too

  • sona  says:

    Keera vadai looks so tempting and delicious..

  • veena  says:

    Wow! so crispy Sundari..u r tempting me too much

  • Nalini Somayaji  says:

    Crispy and yummy spinach vada…perfect for tea time ..

  • Malathi  says:

    Sooper Clicks…Mouth watering:-)

  • Bapu  says:

    I like recipe. I will make it

  • marudhuskitchen  says:

    wow super crispy..really awesome

  • Shobana vijay  says:

    Actually I always insert some veggies or keerai in vadai.It tastes yummy and completely healthy

  • padma  says:

    Looks very tempting:)…want to grab a few..Lovely clicks:)

  • Hema  says:

    Just so tempting, can have a plate now..

  • Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen  says:

    Yummylicous Spinach Vada! Looks so tempting, delicious, and healthy! 🙂

  • Maha  says:

    Wow,,I need few ..plz da…hahaha.tough to get spinach here in my place…luks so gud these vadas.

  • Maha  says:

    Yummn n tempting vadas

  • swathi  says:

    Keerai vada looks delicious, needs a cup of coffee.

  • Rachna's Kitchen  says:

    Looking crunchy and tempting.Beautifully shaped. Pics are also awesome.

  • farin ahmed  says:

    Super spinach vada dear!! I have also tried this..yours is super yum

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