Idli Batter Vadas (Punugulu)

This is a very tasty quick snack dish. Leftover Idli batter (or in our case even fresh idli batter 😉 ) is always handy. A delicious snack to make when you have guests stop by!

Crispy, delicious Punugulu or Idli Batter Vadas
Crispy, delicious Punugulu or Idli Batter Vadas

You will need:

3 cups idli batter (or how much ever you have). If you have too less you cna increase the volume by mixing some rava/suji into the batter with some water.
Chopped onions – 1 medium
Chopped green chillies – 3
Chopped curry leaves
Chopped Cilantro or coriander leaves
Salt to taste (remember the idli batter already has salt so add accordingly)

Oil for deep frying

In a pan/kadai heat the oil for deep frying. Meanwhile, mix all of the above ingredients into a thick batter. When the oil is hot, drop small spoonfull’s of the batter or use your hands into making small round vadas and drop in hot oil. Ensure the oil is medium hot. If the oil is too hot, outside of the vadas/punugulu will get brown but inside will not be cooked well. For even and uniform cooking ensure that the oil is medium hot. Deep fry until golden brown. Serve hot with spicy chutney or Tomato ketchup. Great for a tea time snack!