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Masala Vada South Indian Recipe | Paruppu Vadai

Masala Vada South Indian Recipe with stepwise pictures.
Prep Time3 hrs
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time3 hrs 30 mins
Course: Snacks / Appetizers
Cuisine: Indian (South Indian)
Servings: 18 to 20 depending on the size
Author: Padma Veeranki


  • 2 Cups chana dal soaked in water for 2-3 hours
  • Make a Coarse Powder:
  • 5 Dry Red Chillies
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Fennel seeds
  • 5 garlic cloves peeled
  • Other Ingredients:
  • 1 Tablespoon Rice flour
  • 1 Large onion finely chopped
  • 2 green chillies finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped
  • A sprig curry leaves finely chopped
  • Handful of Mint leaves finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • To deep-fry:
  • Required Oil to fry


  • Pulse the ingredients under the section "Make a Coarse Powder" in a blender to a coarse powder.
  • To this drain & add dal. Grind to a coarse mixture without adding water.
  • Transfer the dal mixture to a bowl and add ingredients under the section "Other ingredients" & mix well.
  • Heat oil in a deep pan over medium heat to smoking point.
  • Wet your hands and remove a walnut size portion of the mixture, form a ball and gently flatten it.
  • Slide the vada into hot oil. Repeat the process for 3 or 4 vadas.
  • Increase the heat to medium, deep fry until golden brown on both sides.
  • Drain on to a paper towel.
  • Repeat the process with the rest of the mixture.
  • Serve masal vadai hot with tea or coffee.