Masala Vadai

Masala vada/vadai/Chana dal fritters is popular food in the south Indian cuisines.

Ingredients (For 8 to 10 pieces)

  • Chana dal – 1cup
  • Cumin seed – 1/2tsp
  • Semolina – 1tbs(optional)
  • Coconut pieces – 1tbs(finely chopped)
  • Salt – 1tsp(to taste)
  • Curry leaves – 5 to 7(finely chopped)
  • Red chili flakes – 1 tsp
  • Cooking oil – For deep frying
  • Fennel seed – 1tsp
  • Onion – 1 /2 cup finely chopped


Step 1-Wash and soak the chana dal for 2 hours  in lots of water.

Step 2-In grinder take dal grind coarsely add 1-2 tbs water,keep aside.

Step 3 –Take batter in bowl  add salt,semolina,onion,curry leaves,red chili flakes, fennel seed and mix a,cover batter keep aside for 20 minutes.

Step 4 – Heat oil for frying on medium hot oil,take small lemon size ball in palm and make hole in the center with finger and give doughnut shape.

Step 6 – Slid the vadai in hot oil fry in low medium flame  until both side crispy and golden brown.

Step7 – Take out vadai and keep in tissue paper and fry all vadas in similar way.Serve with coconut/cashewnut/green chutney/sambar.


  1. Fry  vadai in low medium flame  for crispy outside and softy inside texture.
  2. Do not add salt when grinding otherwise batter becomes runny.
  3. Use of semolina is good option,semolina absorb water from batter,and make crispy vadai also use of semolina vadai absorb very less amount of oil,test is delicious.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. MG WELLS says:

    Yummy. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes to you.

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