Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Masala Vada (மசாலா வடை )

Masala vada is a south Indian snack that is often made on indigenous festivals. It is also a comfort food that can be served as an evening snack.

  1. Channa daal- 2 cups
  2. Finely chopped onion-1
  3. Chopped green chilly-1
  4. Garlic cloves 1-2
  5. Red chilly 1-2
  6. Green chilly 1-2

Directions to make
Soak the daal for 30 minutes in water so that it softens up a bit
Now add the garlic and red chilly in the food processor and grind it
Drain and add the daal into the processor along with some salt and mix it.
Add a little bit of water to make a thick paste out of the mixture (this should not be watery)

Heat some oil in the kada over the stove
Take the paste out and mix it with the chopped onions, green chillies and 1 tsp of non soaked fresh channa daal
take a tblsp of the mixture and make a ball out of it, place it in your palm and flatten it out
Place this flattened ball in the hot oil and deep fry it until crisp brown.
Masala vada ready!

If the mixture made is too watery, it would be difficult to make small balls that would stick together.
If you find it too watery, add some basin and mix it up until you get the right consistency.
The additional tsp of non soaked daal would give that extra crunchiness in the vada.


  1. made at home for all festivals. one of my fav vadas. love eating it with rasam rice :)

  2. oh yumm! u just reminded me of home and hot tea and vada on rainy days. hafta make them now :) and since its raining here im sure they will taste much better.
    love the post. vada's look mouth watering

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