Masala Vadai (or Masala Vada) is a very very popular South Indian deep fried snack. Also known as Chana Dal Vada, they are a very popular evening tea time snack across Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
Often served as an appetizer snack during weddings and special occasions, they are also a popular street food found in numerous roadside stalls and beaches.
Serve it with coconut chutney for best taste.
Masala Vadai Recipe
Ingredients for Masala Vadai
- 2 cup Bengal Gram Dal (Chana Dal)
- 4 to 5 Onions finely chopped
- 10 Green Chillies finely chopped
- 1 inch Ginger peeled, finely chopped
- 3 tsp Saunf Powder (Fennel Seed Powder)
- 1 tblsp Salt
- few Curry Leaves
- as required Oil
How to make Masala Vadai
- Soak the dal in enough water for 2 to 3 hours.
- Drain well.
- Add salt, saunf power and grind to a coarse paste.
- Transfer to a large bowl.
- Add onions, ginger, curry leaves and green chillies.
- Mix well.
- Heat oil in a deep frying pan over medium flame.
- Take small lemon sized balls of the dough and flatten them lightly on your palms.
- Gently drop them into the hot oil and fry until golden brown.
- Remove and drain excess oil.
- Serve with coconut chutney and sambar of choice.