Gaarelu is synonymous with the word Festival or Guests. When we were kids Amma used to make them only during festivals or when any special guests are visiting us!!!
Gaarelu/Vada/Ulundu Vada is a very famous South Indian breakfast which is accompanied with Coconut Chutney and Sambhar.
Everyone in our family likes these… hope even you will enjoy them πŸ™‚



Whole urad dal: 2 cups
Ginger: 2 inch, finely chopped
Green chillies: 4, finely chopped
Onion: 2, finely chopped
Salt: to taste
Oil: for deep frying


  1. Soak Urad Dal in enough water overnight.
  2. Grind into a soft paste, using very little water. The batter should be very thick, not like dosa batter.
  3. Add ginger, onions, chilies and salt to this and mix well.
  4. Take a deep pan or kadai and heat oil for frying.
  5. Wet your hands and take a lemon sized ball and flatten it and make a hole in the center. (You can use a plastic sheet or a banana leaf, to make things easier).
  6. Slowly put it in oil and deep fry on both sides till golden brown.
  7. Serve hot with coconut chutney or sambhar or even chicken curry!!

Garelu with kobbari pachadi
Gaarelu with Coconut Chutney


  1. If excess water is added while grinding, it is difficult to shape and drop it in oil.
  2. Every time before taking batter into your hands, remember to wet your hands with water. This prevents the batter from sticking to your hand.
  3. Since you wet your hands each time and put them in the bowl containing the batter, after some time, the batter is likely to become thin. So it is better to work on the batter batch wise.

And the Verdict:
“Thinte Gaarelu thinaali, vinte Bhaaratam vinaali” is a very famous telugu proverb. And this says it all!!!


32 thoughts on “Gaarelu / Vada”

  1. looks exactly like the way my mom makes. i love vada for the simple fact that its such an awesome comby with chutney πŸ™‚

  2. I love vadas and true whatyou sayabout them that it was made when there are guest at home.Just give me few with the chutney ….

  3. hey I can live on those everyday!!!they look absolutely delicious!!
    love your new header, u’r blog is amazing with autumn feel to it!!

  4. wow, vadas…..can have it any time …especially if soaked in lots of sambhar…your vadas with perfect holes are really tempting,

  5. I love plain garelu with ketchup, can eat anytime of the day & night too πŸ˜‰
    Your new layout is totally awesome, its spring here too!

  6. Wow! beautiful wall paper and the blog header looks cool. I like the colors. Please send the bowl of gaarelu with the coconut chutney across.

  7. I simply adore these uddina vadas!
    This is very popular item in Restaurants across Karnataka
    Iddly with Uddina vada is a great combo!

  8. Cinnamon, I like visiting your blog just to see the word cinnamon so much. πŸ™‚ Lovely recipe the pics looks great, I have not yet used urad dhal but I am sure it tastes wonderful. I would love to swap links cinnamon if you like, I have already added your link to my blog. πŸ™‚ Great post. πŸ™‚

  9. I would most definitely enjoy these for breakfast or anytime.

    Your header is exceptionally beautiful and seasonal. Love how you changed with the season.

  10. Lovely website, and fab recipe. I wonder if you’d post your coconut chutney recipe as well? A ‘novice’ cook like me would really appreciate it.

  11. I made these today. They turned out great. I always thought this was a difficult thing to make but…. it’s quite simple.

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