Savala Vada | Mulaku Vada : A Kerala Tea Shop Special Snack

SOK 2 Savala Vada Kerala Chayakada Style Special Snack

If you have visited a tea shop or thattukada in Kerala, you might have seen this snack stacked neatly in the glass shelf. Savala Vada is also known as Mulaku Vada in some places. Few people call it as ‘Ulli Vada‘ but, there is another snack with the same name.

How is Savala Vada prepared? Sliced onions are mixed with maida, asafoetida, green chillies, ginger, salt to make a thick dough. This dough is then shaped into vadas (doughnut like shape) and fried in oil till golden brown.

Try this recipe at home and let us know your feedback.



  1. Onion – 2, sliced thin
  2. Maida – 1 cup
  3. Green chillies – 3, finely chopped
  4. Curry leaves – 1 sprig, chopped
  5. Ginger – 1 tsp, finely chopped
  6. Baking soda – a pinch
  7. Asafoetida – ¼ tsp
  8. Salt – as required
  9. Water – 1/2 cup approximately
  10. Oil – as required for frying


  1. In a bowl, mix all ingredients 1 to 8.
  2. Add water little at a time and make a thick dough.
  3. Heat oil in a deep bottomed kadai.
  4. Dip hand in water to avoid the dough from sticking to the hand.
  5. Take some dough and shape into vadas. (See video recipe for details)
  6. Fry the vadas in a medium flame till golden brown. Flip the vadas in between.
  7. Drain the excess oil using a paper towel.
  8. Serve with tea.

Enjoy! 🙂

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