Masala Vadai

Published under: Ganesh ChaturthiVada
A popular South Indian evening tea time snack.

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

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


  • 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


  • 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.


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manjula May 17, 2011 - 6:50 am

it was awesome

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andhratreat July 17, 2009 - 1:02 am

nice recipe…keep posting

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