Vadam and Vathal

South Indian snacks mostly consist of dry vegetables and a paste made from rice and spices. In most South Indian food or snack recipes, the two terms Vadam and Vathal are frequently used. Basically, Vathals are dried fruits and vegetables that can be served as a side dish, snacks or used in various recipes as well. Most importantly, they must be fried or toasted before use.

Vadam is basically a paste made from rice which is also dried and then toasted or fried before use. After drying, you can use it for approximately one year.

In India, the sun is a good source to dry Vadam and Vathal while in other countries you may require an additional assistant like an oven. They not only enhance the taste of the dishes but also make it healthy and nutritious.

One of the Vadam and Vathal recipes is the Beetroot Vadam. This dish contains a high fiber that heals constipation and promotes healthy digestion. Many studies suggest that eating plant foods decrease the risk of diabetes, heart attack, increase energy and result in a good complexion.

If we talk about some traditional snacks of South India, one of them is Jowar Vadam. This dish is not only tasty and crunchy but also includes Jowar which is healthy for joints and also has an anti-aging property.

Another traditional recipe is Elai Vadam which is mostly consumed during summer. The process of making its recipe is pretty simple but you have to show some patience and also need some practice for mastering it completely.

Apart from these, we have also shared several other Vadam and Vathal recipes. Have these crunchy and crispy snacks whenever your stomach boils with hunger!

Ulundu Appalam (Urad Papad)
Vadam and Vathal

Ulundu (Urad) Appalam

Ulundu Appalam also known as Urad Papad is Hindi is a popular dish in India. You can find it in every rice plate offered in typical Indian dhabas and restaurants. It is made from Black Urad Dal, cumin seeds and asafoetida powder. It is deep fried in boiling oil to […]

Beetroot Vadam
Beetroot, Vadam and Vathal

Beetroot Vadam

Vadams and Vathals are a popular anytime snack across South India. They are often served as an accompaniment to main dishes and also as an evening snack to kids. Ingredients: Rice Flour – 1 cup Beetroot Paste – 1 cup Javvarisi Paste – 1/2 cup Salt to Taste Green Chilly […]

Manathakkali Vathal
Vadam and Vathal

Manathakkali Vathal

Manathakkali Vathal is a popular South Indian delicacy. The green manathakkali berries are sun-dried and then mixed with pickled using curd and salt. It is rich in vitamins and helps in curing stomach ailments, cold and cough. Manathakkali Vathal Sambar is a very delicious dish made using this. Ingredients: Green […]

Koozh Vadam
Vadam and Vathal

Koozh Vadam

Vadam is a popular and traditional summer time papad variety made in South Indian especially in Tamil Nadu. Koozh Vadam is a simple and easy to make variation. Also called as Karu Vadam, Koozh Vathal, this is a summer time activity in most households especially early in the morning when […]

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Vadam and Vathal

Jowar (Vellai Cholam) Vadam

Vadam is a traditional South Indian papad/snack. Generally served with meals, these are often served as snacks too. This variation is made with Jowar. Ingredients: Jowar or Vellai Cholam – 1 cup, skinless Dry Red Chillies – 3 Black Peppercorns – few, coarsely powdered Salt as per taste Method: 1. […]

Puzhungal Arisi Elai Vadam
Vadam and Vathal

Elai Vadam

A traditional South Indian papad served as a snack or as a side dish to meals. Ingredients: Idli Rice – 1 cup Black Peppercorns – 1 tsp, coarsely pounded Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp Salt as per taste Method: 1. Wash the rice and soak for 2 hours. 2. Drain […]