Friday, February 8, 2013

Masala Vada / Lentil Fritters


Masala Vada... Masala Vada!!! How many times have you heard the vendor screaming out the name when you travel in Indian Railways? The first thing that I can remember when I think about day time train travel is the hot chai and masala vada. They are incredibly tasty tea time bites that all Indians would have tasted :) 

Fresh and hot masala vadas on rainy days can literally be unbeatable. I just love them so much and have been enjoying it since evening. 

Here goes the recipe for simple masala vada :) 



Channa dhall (Bengal gram dhall) – 1 cup
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp
Green chillies – 3
Onions - 2
Asafoetida – a pinch
Ghee – 1 tbsp
Cooking soda – ½ tsp
Salt – for taste
Oil – for frying



Soak Channa dhall in water for 3 hours. 
Grind green chillies coarsely. Grind the soaked channa dhall coarsely and keep it aside. Chop onions finely.

Take ghee in a mixing bowl and add the cooking soda to it. Beat with your palm until frothy. Now mix in the ground channa dhall, ginger garlic paste, green chillies, onion, salt and asafoetida and just a few drops of water to make the batter. 
Pinch lemon sized balls of dough and make them into balls and flatten them with your palm. 

Fry them all in hot oil until evenly browned on both sides and crispy. Remove and put them on paper towel to remove excess oil. 

Serve hot and enjoy eating :)


You can add 2 tblsp of oats to the batter to make it all the more healthy. 


Written by: Nithya
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Maayeka said...

Crisp and crunchy masala vada..nice recipe!

Kitchen Queen said...

yes its perfect snack for rainy day or here i can say snow day with hot ginger tea.

Laxmi said...

they looks so crispy.. btw, y to add cooking soda.. any spl reason?

Usha said...

Looks fantastic, wish I could reach into my screen and grab one :) said...

Attagasam photo

notyet100 said...

Ummm delicious maybe will prepare this :)

Veena Theagarajan said...

perfectly done.. Love all the shots

Aruna Manikandan said...

delicious vada's, love it :)

pria said...

Crunchy looking one, adding cooking soda is new and interesting.
Your pictures are wonderful.

deeps said...

thats daal vada nha?

Aysha said...

Nice recipe and amazing pics

Shweta in the Kitchen said...

Delicious snack option

Sona S said...

crispy and delicious vadas.

anubhavati said...

Looks very crunchy Nits I remember when I was working in ICICI bank, we used to get some masala vadas from the chai wala and believe me no matter what we do at home, I love the vadas they bring! So fragrant and smelling of somph and everything nice.
Lovely clicks.

Gayathri Ramanan said...

looks perfect and crispy..
fabulous clicks...
nice presentation...

Mayuri's jikoni said...

the recipe brings back memories.Have had these at the railway station. I will definitely try out the recipe.Look very tempting.

Yummy Mummy said...

Delicious tea time. amazing these vada with green chutney. yummy.........

WeR SAHM said...

awesome clicks of masala vada ...feel to grab frm screen .....

Sharmilee! :) said...

Masala Vada and tea - unbeatable combo.Looks perfectly made, beautiful clicks!

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