Masala Vada Recipe

Preparation Time : 3 hrs soaking time | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Makes : around 20

Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian


Channa Dal – 1 cup
Small Onion – 10 or Big onion – 1 big sized (finely chopped)
Rice flour or Rava – 1 tbsp
Coriander Leaves – 3 to 4 tbsp finely chopped
Oil – for deep frying
Salt – to taste

To grind:
Fennel Seeds(Sombu) – 1 tsp
Red Chillies – 2
Garlic – 5 cloves chopped finely
Ginger – half inch piece


  1. Wash and soak channa dal for 2 to 3 hrs. Then drain the water completely and keep aside. Grind together the ingredients listed under ‘to grind’ to a coarse paste.Set aside.
  2. Then grind channa dhal to a coarse mixture make sure it should be thick. Then transfer the mixture to a bowl. Add onions, sooji, coriander leaves, salt, garlic fennel paste and mix well.
  3. Arrange them in a plate ready to deep fry. Heat oil in a kadai and deep fry them till golden brown, turning over both sides. Drain it on a tissue paper.
  4. Do not add water, it will look crumbly but will get together easily. Make equal lemon sized small balls out of the mixture, and pat them on your palm to form a circle to medium thickness.

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