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masala vada recipe

Masala Vada Recipe | Chana Dal Vada

Masala vada (chana dal vada/lentils fritters) is a traditional South Indian teatime snack prepared with chana dal, onion, spices, and herbs.It's gluten-free and vegan.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Soaking time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Indian Snacks
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 10 Vadas
Author: Pavani


  • 1 Cup Chana dal/split chickpea lenthil
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • ½ inch Ginger
  • 2 or 3 Green chillies
  • 2 Dry red chillies
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 Onion (chopped,medium size)
  • Curry leaves a few
  • Coriander leaves a handful
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying


  • Wash the chana dal several times with water until it is clear. Then soak the dal in water for 2 hours and then drain the water completely from the dal - there shouldn't be any water in the dal.
  • Add green chillies, dry red chillies, garlic and ginger to a blender. Then, take 2 tablespoons of the soaked dal and keep it aside. Now add the remaining dal to the blender and grind it into a coarse mixture.
  • Transfer the mixture into a bowl; add chopped onion, salt, cumin seeds, coriander leaves, curry leaves and the remaining soaked dal which we kept aside before.
  • Mix together all ingredients into a binding mixture. To check, take a small portion of the mixture and make a vada. The mixture should hold its shape and should not fall apart.
  • Divide the mixture into equal portions and take a small portion into your palm to press it slightly to form a disc shape. Heat a frying pan with enough oil for deep frying the fritters
  • Drop the fritters carefully into the oil and fry on a medium flame for 2-3 minutes, turning both sides or until they turn into golden brown colour.
  •  Transfer the cooked fritters onto a kitchen towel to absorb excess oil. Serve them hot with chutney or tomato kethup.


  • Adjust the green chillies and dry red chillies according to your taste.
  • Don't forget to add the spices, coriander leaves and ginger.
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