Vermicelli masala vadai/ Semiya masal vadai – easy snack recipes

   First of all, my apologies for disappearing from the blogging scene. I fell sick and was totally bed ridden for the last few days. Now things are falling back to place and hope to cook some good food and also blog about it. I have been wanting to try so many recipe for kids as they are having their holidays and then some for Christmas. Lets see how much I can manage in the next few days as my pace has really slowed down for now.

Apart from all this miseries, finally we had a fun day yesterday after a long time. We and a few friends had a potluck dinner and also a vegetarian barbeque. It was the first time I have been for a BBQ  as it was non vegetarian most of the times previously. And as it was exclusively vegetarian this time , we decided to join. We loved it and I will tell you the story about it sometime later in my future posts.

       Well about this snack, I found this recipe in my old recipe files. Actually someone had send me around 200 recipes in my email some 10 years back. I was recently going through it and found the recipe in it. I have never known the source of this recipes.

It was crisp and delicious. I had kept a few for the night and they became a little soggy and were not as tasty when hot. So it’s important to serve them immediately,


  • Cuisine: indian
  • Course: snack
  • Cooking Technique: Deep-Frying
  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes mins
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes mins


1 cup Vermicilli/semiya
1 cup Curd/yogurt
1 Ginger- small piece
2 – 3 cloves Garlic
3 – 4 Dried red chillies
2 – 3 Cloves
1 tsp Salt – or according to taste
1 Onion- chopped fine
4 – 5 pinched Curry leaves- to smaller bits
1 small bunch Coriander leaves- chopped fine
Oil for deep frying


Combine the vermicelli and curd. Mix well and keep it for 1 hour.

Combine dried red chillies, ginger and garlic ,cloves. Grind it to a fine paste. Add it to the vermicelli curd mixture.

Add the chopped onions, curry leaves ,coriander leaves and salt. Mix well.

Heat the oil for deep frying. Make small balls with the mixture. Gently put in hot oil and fry till they are golden brown.

Serve immediately with some green chutney or some tomato ketchup.

  1. Ingredients




  1. Notes

1. This snack should be served hot. When it cool downs , it becomes soggy.

2. I loved the flavor of cloves in the vadas, while my husband did not like it. So add accordingly and only if you wish.

3. The original recipe asks for around 8 red chillies. I added only 3 as my kids cant take too much heat.

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  1. hope your health is all back now… the vadas look easy to prepare and delicious…

  2. Poornima Porchelvan

    Very tempting vadas; perfect snack for this chill climate.Ongoing event – WTML with Give away

  3. Vada with vermicelli is new to me.. But being a vermicelli fan, am sure it must be delicious.. Great snack 🙂

  4. This is a very unique recipe. Vadas look really good.Thanks for sharing.

  5. Sowmya, If am not wrong I guess the vermicelli needs to be roasted before mixing with curds? Btw, Which vermicelli did you use there are various ones available like wheat, rice and so on…

  6. Sowmya Madhavan

    @dimpi – I used the normal bambino vermicelli, it’s wheat don’t need to roast it though I used the pre roasted one we get nowadays..

  7. mehak kashish

    attractive piece of information, I had come to know about your blog from my friend arjun, ahmedabad,i have read atleast eleven posts of yours by now, and let me tell you, your website gives the best and the most interesting information. This is just the kind of information that i had been looking for, i’m already your rss reader now and i would regularly watch out for the new posts, once again hats off to you! Thanks a lot once again, Regards, Semiya upma

  8. Shama Nagarajan

    awesome dear

  9. Sowmya Madhavan

    Thanks a lot for your kind words mehak.

  10. Hamaree Rasoi

    Delicious and lovely looking vadais. Looks so crispy and delicious.Deepa

  11. Hari Chandana P

    Looks too good and tempting.. 🙂


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