Vadas - Crispy Lentil Dumpling

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Apr. 08, 2019

Vadas can be eaten as a snack, served as an appetizer and also as a side. These crispy dumplings are gluten free and made from lentils.


Urad dal 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Water 3 1/4 Cup (52 tbs) , divided (1/4 cup extra for grinding the dal and rest is for soaking the dal)
Black salt 3/4 Teaspoon
Fresh cracked pepper 1/4 Teaspoon
Mustard seeds 1/4 Teaspoon
Chaat masala 1/4 Teaspoon
Red chilli powder 1/4 Teaspoon
Asafoetida 1 Pinch (hing)
Finely chopped fresh ginger 1 Tablespoon
Minced green chili 1 Tablespoon
Chopped coriander 1 Tablespoon
Baking powder 1/2 Teaspoon (optional)
Oil 1/2 Liter



1. The first step is to soak the Urad dhal in water for about 8 hours.

2. Wash the dhal and grind to a paste with the help of a little water, leave this for 6 – 8 hours to ferment in the fridge.


3. Add all the ingredients and mix well.

4. Heat up the oil and once hot, add a tbsp of the hot oil to the batter and mix

5. Using an ice cream scoop drop the batter into the hot oil and allow to turn a nice golden brown while the inside cooks till it’s nice and spongy.

6. Drain them on some kitchen towels to absorb the excess oil.


7. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
Servings: 6