Vengaya Vadai(Onion Vada)

This is my favourite snack. Whenever I go to Thoothukudi( hometown), I used to eat this in evening along with tea. They used to prepare this in the tea shop near to my house.

This is very easy to make with very less ingredients. It doesn’t take much time and it takes very less effort to prepare at home. So when we are abroad or away from hometown, we can make easy and tasty snacks like this to get the feel of hometown.

It is hot, crispy with very nice colour outside and soft and fluffy inside.

It took almost 20 minutes to make this vadai. Meanwhile I could prepare my tea. This vadai goes well with both coffee and tea.


  • Onion- 3 big (finely chopped lengthwise)
  • Gram flour- 5 tbsp
  • Corn flour- 1 tbsp
  • Red chilli powder- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 1/4th tsp
  • Fennel seeds- 1 tsp (full)
  • Asafoedita powder- little
  • Curry leaves- 15 (finely chopped)
  • Salt- as needed.


Mix the above ingredients by adding very less water everytime and bring it to the above consistency. Heat the oil in a pan meanwhile and keep this away for sometime till the oil gets heated.
Till the oil is hot, the consistency of the vadai mixture is right to make balls. It leaves little water because we have added salt.
Grease both hands with little water and take a ball of vadai mixture. Flatten it a little by pressing with fingers.
Once the oil is hot, deep fry them in medium flame so that both sides become dark brown.

Remember that the stove is in medium flame. Deep fry both the sides till dark brown and remove the excess oil by placing it on a tissue paper once removed from oil.
Tastes good with tea or coffee.


  • The spice can be increased or decreased by adjusting the quantity of red chilli powder.
  • It should be cooked in medium flame because the vadai should be cooked inside too.