Masala Dal Vadai

Masala Dal Vadai

Prep: 2 hours 10 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Snack

Type: South Indian

Crisp on the outside and soft inside, these vadai are really tasty


  • Split Bengal gram (chana dal), soaked for 2 hours 1 cup
  • Dried red chillies, crushed 3
  • Cloves 2
  • Cinnamon 1 inch
  • Medium onion, finely chopped 1
  • Ginger, finely chopped 1 tbsp
  • Garlic, finely chopped 1 tbsp
  • Fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped 2 tbsps
  • Fennel seeds (saunf) 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Rice flour 2 tbsps
  • Oil to deep fry
  • Coconut chutney to serve


  • Drain split Bengal gram and put into a blender jar. Add red chillies, ginger, cloves and cinnamon and grind coarsely. Add very little water if necessary. Ensure the mixture is dry. Transfer into a mixing bowl.
  • Add onion, ginger, garlic, coriander leaves, fennel seeds, salt and rice flour and mix everything properly.
  • Heat sufficient oil in a kadai.
  • Make small dumplings of this batter, slide them into hot oil and deep-fry them till they are golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper.
  • Arrange the vadai on a serving plate and serve hot with a bowl of coconut chutney.