Masala Vadai

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A popular South Indian evening tea time snack.
Masala Vadai

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


Masala Vadai
4.67 from 3 votes

Masala Vadai Recipe

A popular South Indian evening tea time snack.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: South Indian

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 tbsp 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.
Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar founded Awesome Cuisine, a platform created in 2008 to showcase India's vibrant culinary heritage. A digital marketer by profession and a passionate food lover, Praveen has been exploring the world of food since his school days. With Awesome Cuisine, he combines his expertise in digital marketing with his deep love for food, sharing delicious recipes and inspiring others to appreciate the joy of cooking. Through Awesome Cuisine, he invites you to join him on a flavorful journey and discover the wonders of Indian cuisine.


manjula May 17, 2011 - 6:50 am

it was awesome

andhratreat July 17, 2009 - 1:02 am

nice recipe…keep posting


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