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Maddur Vada (Stove top, Air fryer, Oven Baked)

VegCookBook by Praveena
South Indian style, Vegan Savoury snack, which is quick & easy to make. Both stove-top & Air Fryer methods with step wise pics, given.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack, Starter
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 15 vadas


  • Wide Mixing Bowl
  • Deep Frying Pan for stove-top method
  • Air-Fryer for air-fryer method
  • Baking tray for Oven Baked Method
  • Small Brush (to apply oil)


  • 1 cup Rice Flour / Biyyappindi
  • ½ cup Upma Rava / Semolina
  • ½ cup Maida / Plain Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee / Butter / Oil (to mix)
  • ½ cup Water
  • 1 cup Finely Chopped Onion
  • 2 tablespoons Chopped Fresh Ginger
  • 3 count Fresh Green Chillies (chopped)
  • 10 count Curry Leaves (chopped)
  • 4 tablespoons Fresh Coriander Leaves (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon Dry Red Chilli Flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Jeera / Whole Cumin
  • ¼ cup Chopped Cashew Nuts
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups Cooking Oil (for stove top method)   
  • 2 tablespoon        "            (for air fryer method



  • Gather all the ingredients at one place, and finish off the chopping as shown.
  • Transfer all the chopped ingredients into a mixing bowl.
    Measure the flours and take them into same bowl.
    Add all the other ingredients, except the water, ghee, oil.
  • Now, add the ghee / butter, mix up all the ingredients in the vessel using your bear hands.
  • Now, add water little by little, and keep mixing everything and make a tight dough as shown.
  • Make the whole dough into small balls, put a medium piece of parchment paper / butter paper on kitchen platform, apply few drops of oil.
    Press the small ball against this paper, make a circular vada / nugget / fritter. Repeat the same for the rest of the dough balls.


  • Put a frying pan, with enough of cooking oil (for deep frying), on stove top under high flame.
    When the oil is hot enough, gently drop the vada into the oil, through the wall of the vessel/pan.
  • Fry them on one side for 2-3 mins and then very gently flip them back to fry, until they turn golden brown on both sides.
    Transfer the fried vada(s) onto a tray spread with kitchen towel. Done!


  • Brush throughout the base of air-fryer with oil / use an oil-spray. Place the nugget patties over it.
    Apply oil on them. Close the air-fryer, set the timer to 10 mins, at 200ºC / 390ºF.
  • After 10 mins, take the air-fried vada(s) out and spray / apply oil on the hot vada(s). Done!
    {Optionally, after 5 mins, reverse them give a light oil spray and continue to air-fry for 5 more mins.}


  • Pre-heat the oven at 180°C / 350ºF for 5 mins. 
  • Take a baking tray, spread the parchment paper throughout the tray.
    Place the nuggets / fritters one beside another, leaving at least ¼ inch space in between.
    Brush each of the nuggets with oil, on both sides.
  • Place the tray in the middle rack, and bake at 200ºC /  390ºF for 12 to 15 mins.
    No Need to reverse.
    Using a wooden ladle, remove them from the baking sheet. Repeat the same for others. Done!


Please see the MAIN POST for step wise PICS, FULL VIDEO & recipe TIPS!
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