Vadai is an important side dish or add-on to the meal during festival days.
Vadai is also a day to day snack item. Goes well with Chai (Tea) or Filter Coffee.
Vadai is a fry. Some vadai looks like a donut (but not sweet like donuts), for example Medhu Vadai.
There are plenty of types of Vadai. Most common are
Other types of Vadai include traditional and
1. Keerai vadai - made out of spinach or other edible leaves
2. Vazhaipoo vadai - made from the flower of Plantain/Banana tree. Poo in Tamil language means flower and Vazhai means Banana or Plantain
3. Pudhina vadai - Mint leaves are main ingredients in this one
4. Kadhamba vadai - Mix vegetables are main ingredients
Usually Vadai is Vegetarian. There is one exception which is Prawn Vadai. It is a delicious snack. This dish is usually home made. The base mixture for this is almost similar to Masala Vadai and the main difference is Prawns/Shrimp pieces are added.
Other names/spelling variations of Vadai:
Vadai, Vada, Vadhai