Sunday, March 3, 2013

Murungai Kera Vadai / Drumstick Leaves Vada

This was my second month of Blogging Marathon; this month there are few interesting topic. For this week I choose pick one ingredient and make three dishes. As soon as I saw this topic my mind was fixed to Chana dal (Kadalai Parrupu) and I didn’t even rethink about the ingredient started to plan my dishes.

Today’s recipe is a starter or snack; this is one of the famous foods in Tamil Nadu. Kera vada as the name says we need to use kerai, mainly poriyal keerai is used for this. For a change I tried with drumstick leaves, usually we use this for ragi vadai.


Chana dal (Kadala parrupu)
1 cup
Split peas dal (Vada/Pattani parrupu)
1 cup
Onion finely chopped
½ cup
Drumstick leaves
1 cup
Fennel seeds
1 Tbsp
½ inch
1 inch
Garlic pods
Green chilies
Coriander chopped
¼ cup
Curry leaves
Mint leaves chopped
2 Tbsp
as per taste
For deep fry



  1. Soak both dals for 3 hours.
  2. Wash the soaked dal and take a handful of dal and keep aside. In a mixe jar add another handful of dal, garlic, ginger, green chilies and fennel seeds grind that to a smooth paste.
  3. Using mixe or grinder grind the remaining dal to course paste by adding enough water (approximately ⅓ cup if needed add 1 Tbsp at a time).
  4. Now mix both dal mixture and dal. Add chopped onion, coriander, mint, drumstick leaves and salt.
  5. Mix well to blend. Heat oil in a kadai, make small balls wet your hand and flatten it, once the oil is hot enough to fry add this flatten vada one by one and deep fry until golden brown.

  • Instead of pattani parrupu you can use kadala parrupu. But pattani parrupu makes the vada crispier.
  • When having this with any payasam it will be a filling starter. Crumble this vadai and mix with ½ cup of payasam and eat immediately it will be yummy.
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The Pumpkin Farm said...

these are mouthwatering

Kalyani said...
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Chef Mireille said...

looks nice and crispy

Rajani S said...

Good choice of a dish! Looking forward to the other two recipes :)

veena krishnakumar said...

This is one vadai which I have not yet blogged about. Looks so crispy and yumm

Srivalli said...

Looks so delicious...I love masala vada, though I haven't tried with these leaves..:)

Priya said...

I know how tasty and flavourful this vada will be, love to munch some.

Shylaja Praveen said...

Vadai looks super delicious. Also a healthy recipe...

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

Love the crispy and crunchy vadai and adding the greens to it makes it healthy as well :)

Shobana Navamani said...

tempting vadai and healthy too..

Gayathri Kumar said...

Very crispy and delicious vadas Manju...

PriyaVaasu said...

Healthy n Crispy Vada. Perfect Evening Snack!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Chana dal is so versatile. Lovely vadas

Saraswathi Tharagaram said...

Healthy and crispy vadai..Delishhhh

vaishali sabnani said...

Never used drum stick leaves in cooking...must try..and sure these are mouthwatering..real crisp ones!

Jayashree said...

Very nice way of using muringa keerai in a deep fried dish.

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said...

Wow! these are some wonderful vadas. Never tried crumbling vadas in payasam..

Nivedhanams Sowmya said...

crispy and crunchy vadai and soooo perfect with coffee!!
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Anonymous said...

These are simply mouth watering.. will be great with a cup of tea.. :)

Pavani said...

Love chana dal vada.. adding drumstick leaves is interesting -- must have tasted yummy!!

Suma Gandlur said...

Crispy, crunchy vadas seem like a heaven in this biting cold weather here.

Kalyani said...

Yummy vadai Sandhya ! we usually make poriyal with Murunga elai.. should try this out soon ! Lovely to meet u thru BM !

Preeti Garg said...

Vada look perfect and crisp

Manju said...

Thanks for your comments kalyani bt the way this is Manju

Corporate to Kitchen said...

A very good blend of ingredients.Nice that you have added drumstick leaves in it.