Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Masala Vada/ Paruppu Vadai

Chana dal, blended with spices and fried till golden brown. YUM !Back home we find masala vadas at almost all the bajji stands. They are accompanied with allam chutney or green chutney or coconut chutney and you can't stop at just one. It is also served at most marriages as a starter or even during festivals. I send these as snack to M's school and he loves them (so do his teachers).

Chana dal               1 & 1/2 cups
Ginger                    1/2 inch piece
Garlic                     4 cloves
Fennel Seeds          1 & 1/2 tsp
Jeera                      1tsp
Dhaniya                  1& 1/2 tsps
Garam masala         2 tsps
Cilantro                   3 tbsps finely chopped
Mint                        2 tbsps finely chopped
Salt                          to taste
Curry leaves            2 tbsps finely chopped
Dried red chillies      6 (to taste)
Onion                     1/2 chopped
Oil                          For frying.

  • Soak chana dal in water for atleast 3 hrs. Drain. Take out a 1/4 cup of the soaked dal and keep aside.
  • Heat oil for deep frying.
  • Coarsely grind the remaining dal, dhaniya, jeera, fennel seeds, garam masala, ginger, garlic, curry leaves,cilantro,mint,dried red chillies,salt.Add as little water as possible.
  • Add the 1/4 cup chana dal and chopped onion to the coarsley ground mixture. Adjust seasoning.
  • Make small balls and flatten them out into patties.
  • Carefully drop into the oil and fry till they are golden brown on both sides.
  • Drain on a tissue and serve hot with chutney or sauce of your choice.
  • Enjoy!!!
  • The coarse mixture and the intact dal are the key to the perfect texture of the masala vada.
  • You can also add green chillies instead of red chillies.
  • If the mixture becomes too runny, add a little rice flour or gram flour .
  • You can also add finely chopped cashews in to the mixture before deep frying.
  • Do add the fennel seeds and mint. They give the vada's the exquisite flavor.


divya said...

Happy Deepavali to you and your family and yummy and tempting vada...

Bhagi said...

Thank You Divya....Happy Deepavali to you and ur family too...

Vidhya Subramony said...

Very nice masala vada.. try to post them for my blog event!
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