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Poha Vada

Poha Vada (flattened rice fritters ) is a quick and easy snack or appetizer, ready in under 20 minutes.Serve these tasty vada with mint chutney or tamarind chutney. These fritters are also great with a cup of masala chai.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3
Author: Madhavi


  • One heaping cup Poha (flattened rice/aval/atukulu)
  • Corn starch or all purpose flour - 3 tsps or more depends on how moist the poha is
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 green chilly finely chopped
  • ½ inch ginger grated
  • 2 tsp finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 tsp finely chopped mint leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying


  • Wash the poha twice with water.
  • Now add some water and soak the poha  for 3 minutes.
  • Drain the water and squeeze out excess moisture from the poha and set a side for five minutes. That five minute resting time will help poha become soft.
  • Prep the ingredients by finely chopping the onion, green chilly, ginger, coriander leaves and mint leaves.
  • Now take the poha and gently press it to make it soft.
  • Add all the above ingredients, corn starch and salt. Mix well and quickly check for seasoning and adjust. 
  • You may need to sprinkle little water or add more corn starch to mould them into vada.
  • Wash your hands and heat oil for deep frying the vada.
  • While the oil is getting hot, wet your hands with water and take a small portion of the dough and flatten it slightly by smoothing the edges.
  • Deep fry the vada in medium flame until light brown.
  • Serve the crispy and delicious vada with chutney of your choice. 


You can use either thick or thin poha in the recipe. 
Thin poha doesn't need much soaking.