Monday, January 17, 2011

Masala Vadai/Spicy Lentil Fritters..

Masala Vadai and Chai-The Ultimate combo!!
Takes me back to the good old days of train travel in India where the chorus of masal vada by the vendors was such a delight to the ears!!
This is another Indian snack which is made with lentils and spices and fried in oil.
Here is the recipe:


Kadala Paruppu/Channa dhall-1 Cup

Thovaram paruppu/thoor dhall-1 Tbsp

Chopped Onion-3 Tbsp chopped

Chopped Ginger-1 Tbsp

Green chillies-3-4 nos. finely chopped

Fennel seeds/sombu/saunf-1 Tbsp

Carom seeds/omam/ajwain-1 Tsp (optnl)

Grated coconut-1 Tbsp (optnl)

Chopped curry leaves- a few

Chopped Cilantro

Asafoetida/peringayam-a pinch

Salt to taste

Oil- to fry


1.Soak the channa dhall for about 2 hrs and drain the water.

2.Grind 3 tbsp of the soaked dhall into a fine paste and keep it aside the grind the rest of the dhall coarsely by just pulsing it twice or thrice without adding water.

3.Mix the ground dhall and the rest of the ingredients except oil to form a batter.The finely ground dhall paste helps to hold the mixture together making it easy to pat the vadas.

4.Wet your hands and take a small lemon sized ball of the batter and press it flat between your hands to form a round thin pattie.

5.Heat oil in a kadai or a frying pan and once it is hot,drop the patties in small batches and fry it until crisp and brown in colour and drain on a paper towel.

6.Enjoy it hot with chutney,sauce or best- a cup of hot ginger,elachi tea!!

7.Store it in an air tight container to maintain crispiness.

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