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Masala Vada

  Channa 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Finely chopped onions 4 Tablespoon
  Curry leaves 6 , finely chopped
  Finely chopped ginger 1 Teaspoon
  Green chillies 3 , finely chopped
  Chopped coconut 1 Teaspoon
  Chopped cilantro 2 Tablespoon
  Salt To Taste
  Oil 1 Cup (16 tbs) (For deep frying)

1. Soak channa dal for 2-3 hours.

2. Drain the water completely.

3. First grind 2 tbsp dal to a fine paste without adding water.

4. Now add the remaining dal and grind coarsely.(for 5-6 seconds)

5. Now take dal, onion, curry leaves, ginger, green chillies, coconut pieces and cilantro. Mix everything till its well blended.

6. Make medium sized dumplings, flatten and deep fry in hot oil. You can fry 5-6 vadas at a time.

7. Serve hot.

Recipe Summary

Holiday, Everyday, Kids, Party
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
20 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1409 Calories from Fat 1071

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 122 g187%

Saturated Fat 16.3 g81.4%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 227.8 mg9.5%

Total Carbohydrates 66 g22.1%

Dietary Fiber 18.8 g75.3%

Sugars 13.1 g

Protein 20 g40.8%

Vitamin A 25.1% Vitamin C 78.1%

Calcium 12.6% Iron 37.9%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Ganesh.Dutta's picture
Very delicious recipe.....This is a very popular South Indian snack.I will try this recipe very soon.
Snigdha's picture
Looks wonderful. Its a great snack served with some tomato ketchup.
Sarita.Bhandarkar's picture
Thanks Snigdha...Thanks a lot
shantihhh's picture
Your recipe for Masala Vada looks wonderful. Plain vada can be boring but not this one. Do you serve a condiment/sauce with it? Shanti/Mary-Anne
Sarita.Bhandarkar's picture
You can serve it with chutney or sauce...but I love to eat it without those...
shantihhh's picture
Have you ever tried to bake vada? I am oing to do that and just spray with olive oil. I'll let you know how it works. I hate to deep fry-it is messy and fattening Shanti/Mary-Anne
Sarita.Bhandarkar's picture
I've never tried that...but will surely and eagerly await to hear back from you...
rumya's picture
I love masala vada. /First grind 2 tbsp dal to a fine paste without adding water./ This is interesting. can you tell me why you do this?. I imagine this method will hold the vada together better. I am going to try this method.Please tell me. Thanks in advance.
Sarita.Bhandarkar's picture
Yes rumya...grinding few dals nicely will help you to bind the vada. It prevents breaking of the vada. You can also use for about 2 tbsp of besan instead of that.
andhratreat's picture
it looks soo good
shama pillai's picture
Thanks for the recipe. It was tasty....but the vada became hard within an hour even when the vadas were covered in a tupperware. What should I do to make it stay soft? Thank you:) Shama
Deepali Shirsath's picture
Hi Shama, you can add 1/2 tsp of baking soda while making the vadas. This will make them soft. I hv tried it.
tanya3286's picture
wow....healthy chana daal... that will make these a bit grainy and crispy too! great! glad I found these :)
Suedee's picture
This recipe sounds really good, I will try to make it...
Charitha's picture
Its a tastey foooood....i love it....
Masala Vada Recipe