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Garelu (గారెలు, வடை, वड़ा, ವಡೆ)


Garelu (గారెలు, வடை, वड़ा, ವಡೆ) is a traditional South Indian food known from antiquity. Although they are commonly prepared at home, vadas are as well a typical street food, hotels , festivals, poojas too.  They are  served as Breakfast , side in lunch , snack, in combo with idli sambar and chutney. It is very filling , it a deep fried food basically made out of one ingredient that is black gram dal , urad dal. It is also prepared all over India in different shapes , though the taste it heavenly.

Regional Dish : Andhra; Tamilnadu; Karnataka;  South India.

Cuisine Style : Andhra | Cooking Time 30minutes | Take with sambar and chutney | Type Snacks/Breakfast | Shelf Life : 1 day|Quantity :5 Servings.

Appx. Nutrition values : calculated for 1 serving (2nos)

Calories (351 Kcal), Carbohydrates (59.8 g), Protein (15.1 g), Fat (5.3 g).

Ingredients :

  • Whole urad dal (black gram dal   (minappappu)   1 1/2
  • Raw rice  1 tbsp
  • Ginger very finely chopped   2
  • Green chillies very finely chopped   2 to 3
  • Finely chopped  1 big onion
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep fry

Method :

  1. Soak whole black gram dal and 1 tbsp raw rice for 5-6 hours.
  2. Strain the water from the dal and grind to a paste sprinkling little water and salt.Dont grind all the dal at once,
  3. Use small portions to grind batch wise as its easier to grind into a soft paste.
  4. Add salt while grinding to a fluffy paste.Then add chopped onions,finely chopped ginger and green chillies to the batter and mix well.
  5. Take a deep frying vessel and add enough oil for deep frying and the oil should be really hot.
  6. Wet your hands with water and take a lemon sized ball and flatten it into a vada on a greased sheet or banana leaf.
  7. Make a hole in the centre of the vada or gare so that it cooks evenly all over.Slowly drop it into the hot oil
  8. Carefully and fry it on both sides on medium heat to a golden brown colour.
  9. Serve hot with  sambar or any chutney .


Other variants / Cuisine Style : 1. ulli garelu 2. Akukoora garelu 3. garelu (with small quantity of  Rava), perugu garelu, pakam garelu , sada garelu, vegetable garelu.

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