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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Masal Vadai / Spicy Lentil Fritters

 When I think of " Vadai", this type of vadai only comes to my mind. I am talking about "Masal Vadai". I am really fond of this vadai and when we were in Chennai, hubby used to get it from a "paati" who used to make it roadside near the house. Every weekend, he would go get a parcel and come. Still I remember the taste of those vadas- Spicy, tasty and crunchy. Miss that paati's vadais . 
Now I have started making my own vadais , though I get compliment from Hubby still he prefers Urad dhal fritters more. But I shy away from making them because i never get that perfect dough nut shape. That is another story. For any festival or just for a snack, this spicy lentil fritters are really great, just warms up your mood.

Masal Vadai
What are the ingredients needed?

Channa dhal/ Kadala Paruppu/ Split chick peas, 1 cup
Dried Red chillies, 2- 3 nos.
Fennel seeds, 1 tsp
Garlic, 2-3 cloves
Ginger, 2" 
Curry leaves- 2 sprigs
Onions(sliced)- 1 cup
Asafoetida, a pinch
Salt, to taste

Masal Vadai for Tea time
How it is made?
  1. Soak channa dhal for atleast an hour.
  2. Then grind the soaked dhal with fennel seeds, red chillies, garlic, and ginger into a coarse paste.
  3. Then transfer the ground dhal mixture into a bowl and add sliced onions, curry leaves, a pinch of asafoetida and salt and mix them till they are fully incorporated.
  4. In a skillet, heat oil and shape the mixture as patties and deep fry them in batches.
  5. Once they start turning golden brown, remove them from oil, drain them on paper towels and Serve them hot.


  1. wow!! looks crispy and delicious!

  2. So crisp and golden..loved the delicious vadas..

  3. Super crispy vadas,feel like muching some..

  4. my all time fav vadai...looks crispy and yummy:)

  5. yummy n perfect tea time snack....

  6. lovely crisp wadas..ideal for the coming monsoon:)

  7. looks very delicious. awesome recipe

  8. Vadais have come out superbly well for you..Yum with hot tea

  9. Vadais have come out superbly well for you..Yum with hot tea

  10. My all time favorite vadai looks crispy and yummy......

  11. WOW...vAdai looks crispy .Tempting click dear.Love to munch any time.

  12. Yumm!! Just made these on the weekend!!

  13. Crispy and very tempting vadas!!!!

  14. very tempting pics for the vadas.....loved ur last pic...offerring the vada to the reader

    1. That is my daughter's hand, Pradnya. She was so happy to hold the vada for the picture. :)

  15. Can never say No to these crispy beauties...

  16. perfect tea time snack....looking very crispy :)

  17. U all get to see it..lucky me get to eat it :)., it was great... yummy

  18. Delicious and crispy Vadai,Luks too gud...

  19. The vadas look crunchy and delicious!

  20. Very tempting and crisp vada........delicious!


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