How to make Masala Vada - A south Indian dish served as a snack.

This recipe is from the book Street Food.

Main Ingredients : Split pigeon pea (toor dal/arhar dal) (तुवर दाल/अरहर दाल), Split Bengal gram (chana dal) (चने की दाल)

Cuisine : TamilNadu

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Masala Vada

You can’t eat breakfast at night or dinner in the afternoon – but snacks? that you can eat anytime of the day! Along with tea, after school or at a birthday party – snacks are every foodie’s ultimate favourite. Healthy snacking is the best way to satisfy your munchies without the worry of to many added calories.

You can also find more Snacks and Starters recipes like Soya Falafel, Baked Matar Paneer Bread Rolls, Fried Pumpkin, Parsi Devilled Eggs.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 41-50 minutes

Serve :

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Masala Vada Recipe

  • Split pigeon pea (toor dal/arhar dal) 1/2 cup

  • Split Bengal gram (chana dal) 1/2 cup

  • Split black gram skinless (dhuli urad dal) 1/2 cup

  • Dry red chilies 4

  • Curry leaves 10-12

  • Ginger 1/2 inch piece

  • Salt to taste

  • Onion chopped 1 large

  • Green chilli chopped 4

  • Asafoetida 1/4 teaspoon

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 2 tablespoons

  • Oil deep fried


Step 1

Soak all the dals together for half an hour. Place in a colander to drain. Grind the soaked dals, red chillies, curry leaves, ginger, salt and a little water to a coarse batter.

Step 2

Transfer the batter to a bowl; add the onion, green chillies, asafoetida and coriander leaves and mix well. Add salt to taste. Heat the oil in a kadai.

Step 3

Shape the batter into one-and-a-half-inch round balls, press slightly to flatten and deep-fry over medium heat till golden brown and crisp.

Step 4

Drain on absorbent paper and serve hot with chutney.