A vadai - Tamil வடை- Malayalam വട - (also vada, wada, vade), pronounced 'vah-daa', 'vah-dey', or 'vah-die', is a savoury snack from South India, shaped like a doughnut and made from dal, lentil or potato. It is a traditional South Indian food known from antiquity .
There is one other variety commonly known in south India as aamai vadai (Tamil ஆமை வடை, literally "turtle-vadai"). This is prepared using lentils.
Although battered and deep-fried, the finished product should not be too oily if prepared correctly, since steam build-up within the vada pushes all oil away from within the vada.
Vadas are also different doctorate branches of Buddhism.
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