Makkajonna Garelu/Corn Vada

Makkajonna Garelu recipe or Corn Vada Recipe from Telangana Cuisine | Learn how to make Makka/Makkajonna Garelu or Corn Vada Telangana style

Corn Vada

Corn Vada, deep fried snack from Telangana Cuisine, are corn fritters  mixed with Chana Dal,rice flour, herbs and spices. In local language these are known as Makka Vadaor Makkajonna Garelu.

It tastes best when fresh but you can make it a few hrs(1-2 hrs) ahead of your get togethers or party, and keep in preheated oven till the time of serving. A great party starter that is served with chutneys and tastes great even with ketchup.

Corn Vadas are quite popular in many parts of India, but these are one of the staple snacks in Telangana region.

The State of Telangana

Telangana is a one of the newly formed states in India. It was formed in 2019. The cuisine of Telangana is influenced by neighboring sates  of Maharashtra,Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Karnataka. Millet are the main grains used in food preparations. Millet based rotis/breads have a special place in Telangana cuisine, which are served with spicy curries. Tamarind and Asafeotida are widely used in food preparation.

To know more about Telangana Cuisine..read here..

The Challange

The theme for October month in my facebook  group, was Telangana Cuisine. My family loves the Pessaratu(Whole Moong Dal Chilla) from Andhra Cuisine.  Medu Vada are also popular in the region and my family loves to have it with chutneys. I decided to make Corn Vada as per the ingredients given to me by my partner for this month Poonam Bachhav .

I met Poonam in blogosphere in one of the blogger’s food group. She blogs at Annapurna where she has lot of healthy bakes and traditional Maharastrian recipes. I like how she writes and explains the recipe, adds pictorial details and takes the picture in a very simple but stunning way.

She gave me two ingredients that I had to include in my dish .. corn and coriander leaves and in turn I too gave her 2 ingredients for her dish.. rice flour and peanuts. Poonam made Sarva Pindi a very popular breakfast recipe from Telangana Cuisine. Do checkout her dish and the blog.

How to make Corn Vada or Makka/Mokkajonna Garelu

Corn Vada recipe has lot of variations. Along with Chana Dal, many people use rice flour or besan for binding.I used rice flour for binding. Curry leaves, onions, ginger and garlic and green chillies are also used as per one’s preference.

I make Chana Dal Vadas but make with besan. But never added curry leaves. Adding curry leaves gave a nice flavour of to the vada. I also got to know the local name of these vadas in Telangana Cuisine.. Mokkajonna Garelu

To make Corn Vada, fresh seasonal corn is used in India. but you can always used frozen corn. I have used frozen sweet corn that we get in stores here in US.

Method..

Soak Chana Dal/Split Bengal gram lentil, for at least 3-4 hrs.

If using frozen corn, thaw it and soak in water for few minutes.

Drain water from chana dal, add all the ingredients in  grinder and grind to a coarse paste.

Transfer the paste in a bowl and add rice flour to it.

Give shape like vada , flatten with a hand a little. You can shape it like doughnut with a hole in center. Refer pics below.

Fry in medium hot oil, till light brown. Do not fry in very hot oil, as vadas with be cooked from outside but will remain raw from inside.

Serve with chutneys or ketchup of your choice.

Corn Vada

Notes.. 

If making ahead for party, make only 1-2 hrs ahead. Heat in oven on preheating mode. Do not heat u microwave as these will turn soggy.

Makka Vada

Corn Garelu recipe or Corn Chana Dal Vada Recipe from Telangana Cuisine | Learn how to make corn Garelu or Corn Vada Telangana style
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Lentil Soaking time4 hrs
Course: Breakfast, Evening Snacks
Cuisine: Indian, Telangana
Keyword: Corn Vada
Servings: 12 vadas
Author: Swati

Equipment

  • Blender for Grinding
  • Kadhai or Heavy Bottomed pan for frying

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Fresh/Frozen Corn
  • 1/2 Cup Chana Dal/Split Bengal Gram Lentil
  • 1/4 Cup Rice Flour
  • 1/2 Onion(roughly chopped)
  • 1" Fresh Ginger piece
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves
  • 1-2 Green Chillies or as per choice
  • 4-5 Curry Leaves
  • Fresh Coriander leaves optional
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • Salt as per Taste

Instructions

  • Soak Chana Dal/Split Bengal gram lentil, for at least 3-4 hrs.
  • If using frozen corn, thaw it and soak in water for few minutes. 
  • Drain water from chana dal, add all the ingredients in  grinder and grind to a coarse paste. 
  • Transfer the paste in a bowl and add rice flour to it. 
  • Give shape like vada , flatten with a hand a little. You can shape it like doughnut with a hole in center.  
  • Fry in medium hot oil, till light brown. Do not fry in very hot oil, as vadas with be cooked from outside but will remain raw from inside.
  • Serve with chutneys or ketchup of your choice

If you haven’t tried yet these delicious corn vadas do give these a try. Perfect for breakfast or evening chai or get togethers.

Other Dal/Lentil based snacks and starters recipes that you will like to checkout out.. Chana Dal and Yam Kebabs, Dal Ke Pakore, Instant Khaman Dhokla.

Do make these easy peasy corn vadas/makka garelu and enjoy with your tea or coffee. Kids to like these and you can serve to them as after school snack or weekend breakfast.

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Author: Swati

Some who believes 'EAT WELL, READ DAILY, TRAVEL OFTEN AND LAUGH KHUL KE'!!! Hi!! Swati here!!! Chef, Chocolatier, food admirer, reader, love to travel, listen to music, Bollywood and shoot nature and food pics!! Welcome to my Foodtrails and join me in my food adventure!!

6 thoughts

  1. Makkajonna Garelu look really crispy and crunchy. I would love to enjoy them while they are hot. So similar to the vadas we sometimes enjoy as street food in Bangalore except that they don’t add corn. Bookmarking this recipe.

  2. This is so similar to the Masal Vadai we make, except that we don’t add rice flour or corn kernels to it. The Makkajonna Garelu look crispy and delicious – it would be such a treat to have these straight out of the pan on a cold, rainy day! 🙂

  3. These corn chana dal vadas look absolutely crispy Swaty ! Perfect pair with some masala chai for the weather here right now. Bookmarking the recipe to try out soon.

  4. Corn vada looks absolutely yum and crispy. Thanks for the detail explanation and the pics are super tempting. Feel like grabbing one from the screen.

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