Masal Vadai


Chana Dal 3//4th Cup.
Toor Dal 1/4th Cup.
Rice 2 Tbsp.
Dried red Chillies 2
Ginger 1-2 inch piece.
Mint Leaves 10-12 Leaves
Cumin Seeds 1 Tsp.
Fennel Seeds 1 Tsp.
Cinnamon Stick 2 (1 inch stick.)
Cardamom 2 Pods.
Salt To Taste
Curry Leaves 2 springs (Roughly chopped)
Coriander 2 Springs (Roughly chopped)
Turmeric ½ Tsp.
Garlic 1 Clove
Onion 1 ( medium sized, chopped)
Oil To Fry


  • To a bowl add Chana dal, Toor dal and rice. Rinse them couple of times and soak in warm water for an hour.


  • To a mixer jar add dry red chillies, half portion of the soaked dal, ginger, garlic, mint leaves, cumin, fennel, cinnamon and cardamom. Grind it to a coarse paste.


  • Add rest of the dal, salt to taste and pulse it couple of times. The batter should be coarse and not too smooth.
  • Transfer it to a mixing bowl and add curry leaves, coriander, turmeric and chopped onions and mix well.


  • Shape them in to patties and deep fry them in hot oil till Golden brown in both the sides.


  • Serve hot with coconut chutney or just plain as Tea/coffee time snack or as a starter.

Tips & variation:

  • Garlic & Onion is optional.
  • You can also add chopped spinach or Muringa to the Vada batter.
  • Replacing onions with Cabbage tastes great aswell.
  • Add chopped green chillies to the batter for more spice.
  • Fry in medium flame for about 2-3 minutes each side so that the patty is completely cooked inside out.


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