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Vadi (Kerala Sticks)

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Serves: 2-4 people
  • Spice Level: Low

Authenticity Slice

Sift the maida through a sieve or the end result will be lumpy.

Trivia Tadka

In Malayalam, the word vadi means ‘stick’. It is a traditional snack used by farmers on the eastern side of Kerala like Muvattupuzha and Iddukki districts. It’s a tasty and popular tea-time snack.  


  • Semolina (roasted rava) (1 cup)
  • Refined wheat flour (maida) (1 cup)
  • Vegetable oil (2 tsp)
  • Cumin seeds (jeera) (1/2 tsp)
  • Sesame seeds (til) (1/2 tsp)
  • Salt (a pinch)
  • Sugar (3 tsp)
  • Lemon juice (2 tsp)
  • Coconut oil (for frying)


  • In a bowl, add therava, maida, vegetable oil, jeera, til and salt. Mix well.
  • Knead into a smooth soft dough using enough water and keep aside for 10 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into two equal parts. Roll the dough into round shapes and with a knife cut them into stripes.
  • Now, heat the coconut oil in a kadhai and deep fry the sticks. Fry till they turn brown and stop sizzling.
  • Drain the excess oil. Add lemon juice and mix well.
  • In a pan, heat the sugar in 1/2 cup of water. Let it boil till the sugar melts completely.
  • Put all the fried sticks together into the sugar syrup, and give them a light toss (so that they don’t break) till each of them are coated in syrup.

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