Dal vada recipe

Dal Vada Recipe | Masala Dal Vada recipe

What is Masala Vada?

Crispy vada made using chana dal and urad dal, flavored with ginger, green chilies, whole coriander seeds. spiced up with red chilies and black pepper, with the bite of onions and refreshing green coriander leaves is masala vada. It is a very popular South Indian recipe for tea time snack. It is absolutely an irresistible not only because of the flavors but also due to its crunchiness. Masala dal vada recipe can be served with a cup of tea or chutney of your choice.

Let’s talk about the ingredients for Masala Vada Recipe

Chana dal and urad dal are the main ingredients required to make crispy vada. Generally, only chana dal is used to make chana dal vada but for masala vada recipe I have added urad dal and of course few spices. The level of spices can be adjusted as per your taste. As regards the herbs I have used fresh coriander leaves; you can also add in fresh curry leaves, mint leaves etc.

Another vada recipe is instant bread vada; it has similar flavors as masala vada and is an instant recipe. View the recipe here. You might also like instant medu vada recipe. The recipe shares a technique that will help you shape vada perfectly. View the recipe here.

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How to make Dal Vada

1. In a grinder jar add in ½ cup soaked chana dal, ¼ cup soaked urad dal, 1 tsp fennel seeds (saunf) and 1 tsp whole coriander seeds (sabut dhaniya).

Dal vada recipe

2. Keep 1 tbsp of each soaked dal separate.

Dal vada recipe

3. Grind to make a coarse paste.

Dal vada recipe

4. In a mixing bowl, put the ground paste. Add in salt to taste, 1 tsp red chili flakes and 1 tbsp soaked dal (kept separate).

Dal vada recipe

5. Next goes in 1 chopped onion, 2 chopped green chilies, a handful of coriander leaves, and 1” ginger, chopped.

Dal vada recipe

6. Okay, I forgot to add black peppercorns while grinding the dals, so I am adding 1 tsp of freshly ground black pepper. You can add 12-15 peppercorns in step 1. Also, add in 1 tbsp rice flour. It will not only make the dal vada crispier but also give it a good binding.

Dal vada recipe

7. Mix everything together. Divide into portions.

Dal vada recipe

8. Flatten the dal vadas. I have used a small ziplock bag on which I have place the dal vada and flattened it. (If your dal vada is a bit sticky, grease the ziplock bag. You can also use a parchment paper or normal polythene bag for this.) Simultaneously heat enough oil for frying dal vada.

Dal vada recipe

9. Lift the dal vada carefully. Put in hot oil.

Dal vada recipe

10. Fry on medium low flame. Flip and cook evenly.

Dal vada recipe

11. Fry till golden brown and absolutely crisp.

Dal vada recipe

12. Bon appétit!

Dal vada recipe


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 4
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 4 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Trans Fat 4g
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 4g
Protein 4g 8%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Hi! I am CA Vini Mehta. A Chartered Accountant by profession, a food blogger by passion! First of all, I would like to thank you for stopping by at Viniscookbook, I hope you have a good time. Here, yo...u will find the recipes which have been tried, at times re-tried in my kitchen and relished on the dining table. I am mother of two kids and the wife of a person with a high and selective taste sense, so basically anything, before finding its place on the blog, has many levels to cross and clear. This journey started a couple of years back. Before that I was making the most usual kind of food. The only experiment used to be asking my mother how to make something new or different☺. Then, one day, I tried a recipe for butter cookies. And they did not get to go in the container as they were over before I could store them. That day I was introduced to the joy of experimenting with recipes. And I loved everything else that followed especially garnishing and photographing food. I am still not well versed with the photography dos and don’ts but I love to experiment and learn, be it photography or cooking. Hope you too enjoy this journey as much as I do☺! Stay healthy, stay tuned!.

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