Masala Vada Recipe

Masala Vada Recipe | Chana Dal Vada | Masala Vadai

Whats Cooking India? It’s a masala vada recipe. It is also called as paruppu vadai or masala vadai.

Masal vadai is also known as Chana Dal Vada and can be found in almost every South Indian restaurant or food Junctions.

It is a very popular South Indian tea time snack. These crunchy fritters are made from Bengal Gram (Chana Dal) and split chickpeas.
It is most commonly served in lunch boxes, or as an evening snack. 

Masala vadai is made up of coarsely powdered Chana Dal flour. Some spices and onions is also added to enhance the taste.
The dough is shaped into small size patty and then deep-fried. Chana dal vada recipe is consumed immediately.

Serve the Masala Vada with Sambhar or coconut chutney.


Masala Vada Recipe:

Yield: 5 - 6

Masala Vada Recipe | Paruppu Vadai

Masala Vada Recipe | Paruppu Vadai

Masala Vada or Parappu Vadai is a much loved South Indian recipe that tastes best with Masala Tea.

Prep Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes


  • Chana Dal (Split Bengal Gram) - ½ Cup
  • Sauf (Fennel Seeds) - 1 Tsp
  • Dry Red Chili - 1
  • Coriander Seeds - ½ Tsp
  • Black Pepper - ¼ Tsp
  • Green Chili (Chopped) - 1 Tsp
  • Onion (Chopped) - ½ Cup
  • Salt - According to your taste
  • Ginger (Chopped) - ½ Inch
  • Asafoetida (Optional) - 1 Pinch
  • Curry Leaves - 7 to 9
  • Coriander leaves (Chopped) - 2 -3 Tbsp
  • Oil - For Deep frying


How to Prepare the Masala for Masala Vada?

  1. Step 1: In a bowl, take the chana dal and rinse thoroughly for 3 to 4 times. 
  2. Step 2: Soak the rinsed chana dal in water for almost 2 hours.
  3. Step 3: After the soaking process is complete i.e. after 2 hours, add 1 Tsp Fennel Seeds (Saunf), 1 Dry Red Chili (remove the seeds), ¼ Tsp Black pepper, and Coriander Powder (½ Tsp) in a grinder jar and grind them into a coarse powder.
  4. Step 4: Now, add the Chana dal (Drain it well) in the same jar along with the spices powder.
  5. Step 5: Grind them again coarsely, but some pieces of whole chana dal should be present.

Your masala vadai batter is ready. 

Steps To Finally Make The Masala Vadai Recipe

  1. Step 1: Add ¼ chopped onion, 1 Tsp Green Chili chopped, 1 Tsp ginger, curry leaves (chopped), coriander leaves (chopped), and a pinch of asafoetida and salt to the dry batter and mix well.
  2. Step 2: Start shaping the batter. Due to the moisture content, the batter will form any shape that you wish for.
  3. Step 3: Make medium sized vadas. Shape them into medium-sized balls and then flatten them in between your palms. 
  4. Step 4: Take a Kadhai, add enough oil to deep fry the vadas. Heat the Kadhai on high flame.
  5. Step 5: Slowly, slide the vadai in the oil.
  6. Step 6: Fry them for some minutes, or until the vadas turn slightly golden.

Serve them hot with ketchup, Veg Mayonaise, or coconut chutney.


  • If you hate patience, then soak the Chana dal in hot water for 1 hour.
  • Don’t add water while grinding any ingredient. Your vadas will not take any shape if you add too much water.
  • If you find difficulty in grinding the ingredients, then add 1 tbsp water and grind.
  • You can also add rice flour if your vadas are not forming any shape.
  • You can also Air Fry the Vadas. But, it will change the taste.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 378Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 402mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 20gSugar: 3gProtein: 17g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate. Thee are approximate values.

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