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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Saidapette Vadakari ( Steamed Method) - Revisiting Old post

Side dish of tiffin

When I was a kid I always loved the vadakari which mom used to get from Mari hotel which is saidapet, chennai and we loved to have them with home made soft idli's and dosa's . The taste was unbeatable and it was a very famous hotel known for its vadakari thats why if you know tamil you will be knowing that song in which they say saidapette vadakari I don't remember the full song though... So as the hotel was tooo near our home we enjoyed those flavorful vadakari most often and then once mom gave it a try at home too. So I proudly named this vadakari as saidapette vadakari and it almost taste the same . 

Vadakari is the most yummiest and fav sidedish for any tiffin served in Tamil nadu. It tastes divine with idli and dosas , as you see they are protein rich goes with carb rich tiffin well and perfect way  to start a day. This can be prepared hot or mild as per your taste but taste yumm when it is a bit spicy. I must say they go well with any tiffin like idyappam ,idli, poori , pongal yes pongal at some restaurants in Tamil nadu I find this combo for breakfast , they have pongal with vadakari too.. This is my most fav post and wanted to take back my readers to old post I had done for SNC .. In that post I have tried to explain with more details and 3 ways to make vadakari with a variation using Kabuli channa in vadakari  Do check the post here..By far my H loves the steamed version of vadakari much than the fried or adai version.. Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#38. Lets quickly peek on the steamed version of Vadakari..

Side dish for Idli /dosa

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For Batter ( Dumpling) 

Bengal gram / Channa dal – 1 cup
Onion – 1 no
Green chilli – 2 no
Fennel seeds – ½ tea spoon
Ginger small piece – 1inch (chopped)
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Salt to taste

For gravy

Onion-1 no
Tomato - 1 no
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Garam masala powder -1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Coconut milk – ½ cup (optional)
Mint and coriander leaves –  1/4 cup chopped
Salt – as per taste
Oil – for deep frying and seasoning

For seasoning

Cinnamon sticks – 2 no
Bay leaf - 1 no
Cloves – 5 no
Fennel seeds – ½ tea spoon (this is the must ingredient bcoz the main flavor of an authentic vadakari comes from this flavorful ingredient )
Mustard – ½ tea spoon
Curry leaves – few


For the dumpling 

  • Soak channa dal for 2-3 hours and then drain them
  • In a blender Coarsely grind channa dal and transfer it to a bowl.
  • Add finely chopped, onion, ginger garlic paste, chopped green chillies, fennel seeds, few chopped mint and  coriander leaves  and salt .
  • Mix them well and form round balls , in a steamer or idli cooker place these balls on the idli plates and steam them for 15 - 20 mins.
  • Once they are steamed cool them a bit and scramble them .
  • Keep them a side.

For Gravy

  • Heat oil in a kadai, add all the ingredients for seasoning - mustard seeds,fennel seeds, curry leaves and let it splutter.
  • Add cinnamon stick, bay leaf, cloves and stir for a second.
  • Add onions, ginger garlic paste,tomato and saute well till the raw smell goes and tomato turns mushy.
  • Now add garam masala , turmeric powder, Coriander powder  and chilly powder.(increase/decrease chilly powder according to your taste)
  • Add  5 cups of water and cook for a few minutes.Add more water if necessary.
  • Add the scrambled steamed vadas to the curry.
  • Now add the coconut milk, cover and cook for a minute.
  • The channa dhal mixture will soak up all the liquid. Add  chopped coriander leaves and mint leaves and stir well.  Vadakari is ready to serve!!!
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Serving options

You can serve vadakari with  Idiyappam, hot piping idli or dosa's, and also with  poori's. 

Vadakari Steamed method

                  Linking this to Tamizhar samayal Tuesday whose brain child is Nalini suresh . 


  1. wow looks so tempting and yummy

  2. tempting gravy. I have also tasted this vada curry at my cousins house who stays in saidapet It tasted awesome. Thanks for reminding Manjula.

  3. i never knew abt tis hotel.. but chennai rocks in vadakari n i love it.. yummy platter Manju

  4. Looks so too planning to make it soon.

  5. Please pass the whole plate here will finish within seconds. You made me to drool. I can smell ur vada kari from here.mmmmmmmmm Delicious

  6. Ok even though it's hard to accept that your initial pictures were like that..I agree..but I guess the percentage is very small..heheheh..these new ones are breathtaking!..very lovely..and never knew abt saidapette vadakari till now..:)

  7. Omg Beautiful clicks... Just love your pics.. And yes the vadakari looks delicious! :)

  8. Saidapette vadakari is inviting me, you rock with ur new clicks Manju..

  9. U are really rocking with pics dear

  10. ohh tempting recipes!!

  11. Super tasty recipe....... Lovely!!

  12. a best accompainment for dosa ,appam and idiyappam..Vadakari looks so nice...

  13. Wonderful presentation as usual manju ...Havent tasted it but will make it for sure ...

  14. Super delicious looking Vadakari. Nice presentation too.

  15. Yummy looking curry. Lovely clicks.

  16. Looks yummy and stunning best paired with dosa and idli and even roti's do justice. Thanks for taking us on the tour of lovely dish

  17. Simply awesome vadakari...loved the way u made this dear :)

  18. Looks very authentic and delicious..


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