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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Masala vada/Masal vadai Recipe | Paruppu Vadai

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Masala vada/masal vadai is the famous south Indian snack which is one of my fav . Masal vadai are the crispy delight prepared from channa dal soaked and ground in to coarse paste in which onion, green chilli , ginger,fennel seeds and salt is added, after which they are shaped and deep fried in hot oil till golden and crispy beauties. slurrrp !!! mouth watering right?? My mom never fails  to make these in rainy days so i learn't to make masala vada from her .. lets quickly look into the ingredients and method to make these delicious vadas..

Paruppu vadai recipe

South Indian recipes


Channa dal/kadalai paruppu/Bengal gram dhal- 1 cup
Onion-1 no
Green chillies-3 nos
Fennel seeds/ sombu-1 tsp
Salt as needed
Curry leaves 1 sprig
Mint leaves - 4- 5 ( chopped) - Optional
Ginger 1 inch piece

  • Soak channa dal for 3-4 hours.
  • After 3-4 hours drain channa dal completely and add it in two batches and grind coarsely. Not too smooth not very coarse too. One or two channa dal can be whole.
  • Mix finely chopped onion,chopped green chillies, chopped ginger, salt and curry leaves.
  • Keep a bowl with water and wet both hands. Make equal sized balls first for uniform sized vadas. 
  • Heat oil in kadai meanwhile. Shape each ball to flat patties of medium thickness.
  • Deep fry in hot oil until golden in color, flipping once in between. Always cook in medium flame to ensure even cooking and golden color. When you drop oil, heat should be high. Simmer after you drop all vada's and cook in medium flame until done. Drain in paper towel.


  •      Serve hot with tea/coffee and with spicy mint or coconut chutney as side dish for vada …
  • Or you can serve even with Tomatillo cilantro chutney Click here

  • If we don't soak for enough time, vada may turn hard and too crisp.
  • Add some coriander and mint leaves for more flavor. 
  • You can add Rice flour or sooji is to make it more crisper..
  • You can even add a 3/4 tsp of garam masala and some crushed garlic.
  • You can also add asafoetida 1/4 tsp.
  • No need to add water while grinding.
  • Red chillies can be replaced instead of green chillies.
  • You can make Vadakari using leftover masala vada.
Snacks recipes

Fried snacks recipes

  • Add some chopped palak to this vada and make keera vada / palak vada
  • Crush these masala vadas in White peas/ vatana gravy sundal top it with onion, coriander leaves and enjoy!!


  1. Yummy masala vadai.Love to have with hot rice and rasam.

  2. yummy vadas and my most fav vadas

  3. This is my favorite snack.. Perfect with tea..

  4. all time fav u hv done it perfect, yum!!!

  5. Delicious and crispy vadas, I love medu vadas and my husband loves this vada... I make this very often :) Looks very perfect Manju!!

  6. Perfect tea time snack

  7. My fav teatime snack. Thanks for linking to my event. Keep linking the entries.

  8. your vada too turned out perfect,love the neat clicks.

  9. Your clicks makes this vada more beautiful and tempting..Perfect for tea time!!

  10. Very tempting vada..lovely clicks

  11. Wonderful clicks and crisp delicious vadas.


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