Thursday, 14 August 2014

Cabbage Vada / Mixed Lentil Fritters with Cabbage

Masala Vada / Vadai is a popular evening snack of South India. It is made out of lentils and spices. Cabbage vada is a variation to the basic masala vada in which we use finely chopped fresh cabbage along with ground lentils.They are crispy outside and soft inside. These fried savoury fritters are best served with coconut chutney/  Green Chutney or just plain with a cup of hot masala chai. One of my all time favourite evening snack to indulge on a rainy day. 

Channa dal / spilt Bengal gram dal, urad dal , moong dal are soaked for 2 to 3 hours. Soaked lentils are then grind in to coarse paste. Then we add chopped cabbage,  onion, ginger, green chilli and cilantro leaves to the batter. Batter is spread as thin discs and fried in hot oil. 



  • 1/2  Cup Channa dal (soaked for 3 hours atleast )
  • 1/4 Cup Urad Dal (soaked for 45 minutes)
  • 1/4 Cup Moong Dal (soaked for 45 minutes)
  • 1 Cup finely shredded or chopped cabbage ( I grated cabbage finely)
  • 1 Medium onion chopped finely
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 1 inch piece ginger
  • 4 to 5 curry leaves (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Fennel Seeds
  • 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. Wash urad dal and moong dal and soak them together for 45 minutes
3. Take 2 tablespoons of soaked channa dal and keep it separately. Grind remaining channa dal, urad dal, moong dal along with 2 green chillies, and ginger to coarse paste. Add minimum water while grinding. I just sprinkled 1 or 2 teaspoon of water while grinding                 
4. Add shredded cabbage , chopped onion, salt, hing, chopped cilantro leaves, curry leaves, fennel seeds and mix everything together. Now add reserved 2 tablespoon of channa dal also to the batter and mix well. Check for seasoning and add 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 vada hot


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