Masala Vadai

Masala vada is one of my all time fav snack and it can be made in jiffy. I realised just a few days back that I don have this recipe in my space .Just a simple recipe would turn good if one's dough and the frying part is done good. Seriously, I like to speak out / talk rather than putting it on the paper..  Am a lazy lazy gal.. So, with no more writing, let's cut to the chase...

Ingredients :

To grind :
Channa Dhal --- 1 1/2 cups
Dry red chillies -- 2 nos.
Green chillies -- 1 nos.
Saunf / Fennel seeds -- 1 1/2 tsp 
Cinnamon -- 1 inch piece
To combine :
Onion -- 1/2 cup, finely chopped
Garlic -- 2 tbsp , finely sliced ( optional )
Ginger -- 1 tbsp , very finely chopped / grated
Green chilly -- 1 no, finely chopped
Curry leaves -- 1 sprig
Coriander leaves -- 1 sprig 
Salt -- to taste
Hing -- a big pinch

  • Soak the channa dhal for minimum 45 mts to 2 hours . Uing a blender / mixie , grind the ingredients in the following order.
  • Add the Dry red chillies , saunf and the cinnamon and give a nice blend to a coarse paste . Then add the green chillies and give a whip. Add the soaked channa dhal but reserve half a hand of soaked channa dal to combine later.
  • Now grind everything to a coarse paste ,sprinkling very little water if u r unable to run the mixie / blender. ( make sure it's a tight thick paste.. i.e .. Literally, there should not be more than few drops of water )
  • Transfer the coarsely ground paste in a ixing bowl and drop in all the ingredients one by one from the table " To Combine " and mix well with the paste. Finally add reserved channa dal to this mixture and combine well. 
  • Heat a kadai with oil over medium heat for 3 minutes ..( most probably !!! -- Check the temperature of the oil b4 dropping the vadai's. Oil should not be smoking hot .)
  • Take a small sized ball of this dough on ur palm and press / apply pressure on top by closing ur palm with ur other hand. Drop it in the oil and cook for a minute or so on both sides until they turn golden brown..Place the vadai's on a kitchen tissue and drain the excess oil.
  • Njoy with chutneys , Pickles or relish as such.. Hot Hot !!! 
Note :
  • Adding cinnamon is optional, I like adding both cinnamon and Fennel seeds. U may add any one to suit ur taste buds.
  • If u in a hurry, just soak the dhal for 30 to 45 minutes..
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    Happy eating guys,


    1. tempting and delicious!...beautiful clicks!
      Smitha's Spicy Flavors

    2. you got a killer vadai here yourself :) What I would give for one of those crunchy yums :)particularly love the crispy curry leaf sticking out - They taste soo good fried!!!

    3. gorgeous looking the pictures.

    4. Vadais look awesome dear. Great snack.

      Hamaree Rasoi

    5. wow so tempting vada !! wonderful clicks !!

    6. Perfect crispy vadais....yummy clicks...

    7. Great vadais...Very suitable with sambar...

    8. yummy , crispy vadai.. can i join u for tea..?

    9. Perfect looking vadais...lovely colour and the texture.

    10. கலக்குறிங்க ஷானவி..கலர்புல்லாக இருக்கு..

      எனக்கு அப்படியே இங்கே பார்சல் அனுப்பிவிடுங்க..

      இதுவரை சினமன் சேர்த்து செய்தது இல்லை..அடுத்த முறை செய்து பார்க்கிறேன்..

    11. What a crispy vada:-) perfect with a cup of hot tea!!

    12. Rendu vadaya yeduthukalama?? superaa irruku crispy vadais..

    13. super crispy with tea time!!

    14. I love this vadas i prepared those yesterday . Urs too looks very yummy and perfect.

    15. Perfect and delicious vadai.. looks simply awesome dear.. thanks for sharing !!
      Indian Cuisine

    16. Absolutely droolworthy. These vadas are my most favorite snack and it was an unwritten rule in our family when I was young that my mother had to make them on my birthdays. :)

    17. Lovely masal vadai. Beautiful clicks

    18. Wow this is really tempting me,perfect and yummy,beautiful clicks.

    19. pass me one now please!!! looks so delicious!!

    20. Lovely clicks!!! Tempting vadas..:)
      Prathima Rao
      Prats Corner

    21. delicious! what a great click!

    22. Can I get a parcel of these ? I would love to have them right now :)))
      Totally droolworthy stuff!
      US Masala

    23. Crispy and irresistable vada... Adding saunf in it is new to me..

    24. Am having my tea and a couple of these would be a great addition!!Super vadais...

    25. Masala vadai looks delicious, i am having my tea now, wish i could get a bite.

    26. These pictures are truly gorgeous..Great recipe, This would be great with a cup of tea..drooling!!

    27. totally yum looking and my favourite- with a cutting chai this one is perfect !

    28. Very Inviting and crispy vada...




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