Masala Vada

Masala Vada Recipe

Below is the recipe for a very tasty snack, Masala Vada. Try it at home for a rainy evening with a cup of coffee and you will keep making it forever. It is one of my favorite snacks made at home. This vada is one of the healthier options compared to other deep fried items.

Masala Vada battani dal
Soaked dal


  1. Onion – 2
  2. Curry leaves – 10
  3. Coriander leaves – handful
  4. Fennel seeds (Sompf) – 1 tsp
  5. Oil – 300 ml


To grind:

  1. Gram Dal (Pattani parupu) – 2 cups
  2. Ginger – 1 small piece
  3. Garlic – 1 small pod
  4. Fennel seeds (Sompf) – 1 tsp
  5. Cinnamon (Patta/Dalchin chakka) – 2 small pieces
  6. Cloves (Grambu/lavangam) – 6
  7. Red Chillies – 4
  8. Salt – as needed

    Masala Vada batter


  • Soak the gram dal for 2 hours.
  • Grind the dal coarsely with all the ingredients mentioned for grinding, without adding water (this is very important..if needed, just add a few spoons of water).
  • You should be able to make small balls from the batter. If it is too loose, add a few teaspoons of rice floor to get the right consistency to make balls.
  • Mix¬†chopped onions, curry leaves, corriander leaves and sompf in the batter.
  • Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan and keep it on medium flame.
  • Make small balls out of the batter and tap them flat with your palms.
  • Fry the vadas in the oil till they turn crisp brown and the vadas are ready.
  • Enjoy the hot vadas and have a great time!
Masala Vada
Masala Vada



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Priyadarshini Rajendran is a travel enthusiast, avid reader and a passionate writer. She has a few of her books published with more in the pipeline. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a software consultant taking breaks for her travels.

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