How to make Masala Vada/Vadai
Prep time – under 15 mins
Cook time – under 15 mins
Yields – 10-12 vadas
Channa dal / Bengal gram /Kadalai paruppu -1/2 cup + 1 tbsp
Red Chillies – 2
Saunf / fennel seeds /Sombu – 1 tsp
Onion- 1 very finely chopped
Green chillies -1-2 finely chopped
Curry leaves – few
Coriander leaves – few finely chopped
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying
Soak Channa dal (kadalai paruppu) in water for 4 hours.
Drain the water completely in a colander. Keep 1 tbsp of channa dal aside.
Grind 2 red chillies and fennel seeds first and then add the rest of the channa dal and grind without adding water coarsely.
Then add finely chopped onions, soaked and drained channa dal (1 tbsp which we kept aside), finely chopped green chillies, finely chopped coriander leaves and few curry leaves to the above mix.
Variations and tips
The secret of a delicious masala vada is the flavor of fennel seeds and finely chopped onions.But if you do not like fennel seeds, you can add finely chopped ginger instead of fennel seeds.
Masal vadai will taste more delicious if you use baby onions, instead of big onion.
If case, if there is moisture and you are unable to shape vadas out of the mixture, add a little besan/ bengal gram flour to the vada mix, so that it will absorb the excess moisture.
Beginners can grease a plastic sheet or ziplog bag or plantain leaf, flatten the vadas on it, flip the sheet and transfer the flattened vadas to the hand and then slip them gently into the oil.(in case, if you are not comfortable with the above method).
Check out my Ulundu vadai or Medu Vada Recipe
Enjoy making these delicious vadas.Come back for more interesting recipes and tips.
crisp and so delicious.mine are still in draft:).your looks so inviting..
Happy Cook / Finla
Just saw a vada in priyas place and now here too everybody is tempting me to make them; looks yumm.
Looks yumm..I add a lil bit of minced garlic too..
Delicious and crisp vada…
Divya's Culinary Journey
Perfect with a cup of tea.
One of my favorites in vadas…they look perfect and yum…..
Same pinch even i posted a masal vada, yummy fritters.
Spice up the Curry
vada looks really awesome
So crispy n yummy.. For me it's a any time snack
Crispy and delicious..
Samma super.. we always add toor dal.. Channa dal only..very interesting
My all time favy item…
Lovely vadas, craving for some now
Deeps @ Naughty Curry
looks super crisp and yum
Crispy and yumm, very tempting..
All time favorite vada. Looks perfect and would love it on a rainy day !!
Would love to have this any time.
It's a awesome snack…whole family enjoyed it
Thank You Very Much…
Turned out great!
I tried this yesterday but ran into a problem.
The batter started to crumble in my hands despite all my efforts to squeeze it into obedience ! In fact, when I transferred it to the oil, it had crumbled considerably and I had many lumps and many smaller particles floating in the oil, However, the lumps themselves were tasty when tried.
What am I doing wrong? How do I solve this? The issue surely has more to do with my clumsiness rather than your recipe but any tips?
Viswanathan – The reason could be- Your batter was not thick enough. You might have added water while grinding the dal.
the reciepe is obviously good. what i liked best was the tips given along with the recipe. like how to figure out when oil is ready and what to do if the mixture is too watery. 🙂 these tips are what beginners like me need the most.
thank u paduma madam.i have seen ur website today only its very usefull to all.
It needs dry coconut added and tastes terrific.
Tried this recipe last week and came out awesome. Excellent recipe. Thanks to you 🙂
Wow Padhu! I am a guy (living in India) and I learned to cook some things from your website. It's kind of become my hobby. Almost all things that I've tried after looking your website have come out very well! Thanks!
My wife also learned to cook all dishes from your website only. That's how I came to know about your website. We are thankful to you.
PS: Except when after when I finish cooking, my wife is angry on me as she had to clean up my mess 😛
Tried the Vada this morning. Somph does it a good taste to the Vada.
Thank you for always sharing your recipes
Veni Singh from South Africa
Hi padhu… Am a very big fan of your mouthwatering dishes….where can I get your recipe book?? can you please assist me to get your recipe book…please…
Thank you so much Aysha for liking my recipes. I have not published any books till now.
Hi Padhu…an awesome blog you have there!!! Decided on making a Pongal dinner tonite..and every dish's recipe was from your blog! Made ven pongal, sakkarai pongal, brinjal gotsu and masaal vadai tonite!!! It was one grand success 🙂 Thanks again for the detailed recipes! Happy Pongal 🙂
I tried ur more recipes. It's so tasty.whenever i try to make new dish just try ur recipes. K 2morrow i'm going to try ur paruppu vadai.
Hi Padhu, Your recipes are too good, i learn and improve cooking with the tips you give after each recipe. You should try to write a recipe book for us 🙂
Very nice and crispy. I tried today.
Hi Padhu, just wanted to say a hi and thanks for the delicious recipes that you post in ur blog 🙂 I am using ur blog for this year's Deepavali for the Badusha, Thenkozhal and masaal vadai recipes!!!