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Aval Vadai (Poha Vada)

Vinayagar Chaturthi is coming soon and you will be already making a list for what to cook on that day. So why not try this delicious and easy aval vadai recipe. It tastes almost like paruppu vada and it’s very easy to make too in less time.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
No of serving: 5-6
Spice level: 2 out of 5


  • Aval/Poha/Beaten Rice : 1 cup
  • Oil : for Frying
  • Onion : 1 (finely chopped)
  • Green Chilies: 3-4 (according to your spice level – finely chopped)
  • Asafoetida : a pinch
  • Ginger : 1 tsp (grated or chopped finely)
  • Rice flour : 2 tbsp
  • Curry Leaves : 4-5 (chopped)
  • Coriander Leaves : 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Grated Coconut : 2 tbsp (optional)
  • Salt : to taste

Method Of Preparation:

  1. Soak aval/poha for 10-15 minutes.
  2. After that drain the excess water from aval and lightly mash it with your hands or using a spatula.
  3. Now add all the remaining ingredients except oil (which is for frying).
  4. Make sure you don’t add water into it.
  5. Make small round balls out of that mixture and flatten it using your hands (as shown in pic)
  6. Now heat oil in a pan.
  7. Deep fry those vadas till it becomes golden brown and crisp.
  8. Serve it hot with chutney.


  • Deep fry it in a non-stick pan or cast iron pan so that way it won’t stick into the bottom of the pan. Don’t use stainless steel for frying.
  • While making vada, if the mixture is too thick, dip fingers into a bowl of water and try to shape.
  • If you feel the mixture is watery you can adjust it with adding some besan or rice flour.


  1. Very different and looks delicious. Will try this soon 🙂

  2. Never tasted these ..

  3. Saw this in a tv show… Looks so crunchy…

  4. Belongs in some fancy restaurant – what flavors!

  5. Once I made this and my hubby couldn’t guess the ingredient 🙂 You have made it to perfection

  6. delicious and yummy . Join me in Fast Food event-Pasta and Know your Sweetness – Honey Event in my blog.

  7. I make this too. Found it on a blog and ever since it is a favourite and an easy snack to make for unexpected guests. Does not take any preparation. Sometimes I pop in a potato into the microwave for 4 minutes and then mash it and add it to the poha mixture and then fry it.

  8. Hi Shriya,

    Can we make this vada by baking it in electric oven and oil spray as we do in puff pastries? Just wondering whether we can avoid deep frying.

  9. Hi ,

    I tried to attempt this on the weekend but it was a disaster. I might have done something wrong . I followed the receipe though and when I fried them it just split.Floating in oil. Hope you know what i mean? What could I be doing wrong?