Friday, 21 March 2014

Lentil Fritters / Paruppu Vada / Masal Vadai

Masala Vada / Vadai is a popular evening snack of South India. It is made out of lentils and spices . It perfectly pairs with Tea / Ginger Tea. It is also a popular street food to munch on and widely available in all tea shops here. They are crispy outside and soft inside. Flavoured with ginger and cilantro leaves

These are deep fried savoury fritters served with coconut chutney or just plain. Channa dal / spilt Bengal gram dal is soaked for 2 to 3 hours. It is then grind to coarse paste. Then we add chopped onion, ginger, green chilli and cilantro leaves to the batter. Batter is spread as thin discs and fried in hot oil. 

My kids love them as evening snack with tea and I like them in spicy Kadhi. Today I made these vada to serve along with Kadhi , a yogurt based gravy. Vada will soak all the spicy yogurt sauce and it will be soft by the time we serve.


  • 1 Cup Channa dal (soaked for 3 hours atleast )
  • 1 Medium onion chopped finely
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 1 inch piece ginger
  • 4 to 5 curry leaves (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro leaves
  • a pinch of Hing / Asafoetida
  • Oil for deep frying
  • salt as required


1. Wash Channa dal serveral times and soak it in water for 3 hours

2. Take 2 tablespoons of soaked channa dal and keep it separately. Grind remaining channa dal along with 2 green chillies, and ginger to coarse paste


3. Add chopped onion, salt, hing, chopped cilantro leaves, curry leaves and mix everything together. Now add reserved 2 tablespoon of channa dal also to the batter and mix well

4. Check for seasoning and salt if required
5. Heat oil for deep frying the vada. Take about 1 tablespoon of vada batter and make a disc. Drop the discs gently in the hot oil



6. Fry them in medium flame for 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, flip them and fry on the other side for 2 minutes


7. Remove from oil and drain on paper towel


8. Serve hot with tea


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