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Chettinad Vada Curry Recipe | Vadakari Recipe | Side Dish for Idli Dosa

A breakfast side dish to idli, dosa etc. Small masala vadas are dunked and cooked in a flavourful onion tomato masala gravy.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian (South Indian)
Servings: 6 to 8
Author: Padma Veeranki


  • Ingredients:
  • 8 Masala Vadas Click here for recipe

To Grind:

  • 1/4 Cup grated Fresh coconut
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 2 Green chillies

For gravy:

  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 " Cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 Sprigs Curry leaves
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 2 Large onions finely sliced
  • 3 green chillies slit
  • 1 Tablespoon Ginger garlic Paste
  • 2 Large Tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • Handful of chopped coriander leaves


  • Make masala vadas and set aside.
  • Make a fine paste of ingredients under “To Grind”.

For gravy:

  • Heat oil in a deep pan over medium heat. Add fennel seeds, cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves & sauté till you get a nice aroma.
  • Now, add curry leaves, garlic, onions, green chillies and sauté till tender.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and sauté till the raw smell goes off.
  • Add tomatoes and sauté till mushy.
  • Now, add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and stir for 2 minutes.
  • Add ground masala paste and sauté till oil separates.
  • Add 2 cups of water, salt & boil for 5 minutes.
  • Now, crush the Masala Vadas and add to the gravy.
  • Simmer for 5 minutes and turn off the heat.
  • Garnish with coriander and serve with idli, dosa...