Masala Vada

Masala Vada is a very common snack made in our households. It is especially made on festival days as an offering to God. But in our house, we don't wait for a festival to enjoy Masala Vada. Do you?

Picture this - rainy/snowy weekend evening, a cup of steaming hot Masala Chai and A side of Masala Vada and the whole family playing UNO (A card game for kids). That is a perfect way to spend some quality time at home. What say ??

So here is the recipe for Masala Vada for Day 4 of BM 12.

Ingredients - 

Chana Dal  (washed and soaked for couple of hrs) 1 cup
Rice 1 Tbsp (soaked along with dal) (Optional)
Green Chillies 1-2
Ginger 1 inch piece
Garlic 2-3 cloves (Optional - I didn't use)
Salt to taste, 
Mint handful (or to taste)
Onions finely chopped 1/2 cup (add cabbage if onion needs to be avoided!)
Oil for deep frying

Masala Vada

Method Of Preparation - 

Grind the soaked Chana Dal and Rice to a coarse and stiff batter adding as little water as is possible. (I would like the batter to have some Chana Dal intact for the extra crunch in the vadas ..yumm)

Grind green chillies, ginger and mint to a fine paste.

Mix in the chopped onions and the above green chilli paste to the batter. Add salt and adjust as needed.

Heat oil in a wok/kadai on medium.

When the oil is hot enough, take a table spoon of the stiff batter and pat into a small disc with your fingers and gently slide into the oil. 

Without over crowding the oil, add a few more discs for each batch and continue frying until they are golden brown.

Remove using a slotted ladle onto paper towels to drain extra oil.  Continue for the rest of the batter. 

Serve hot/warm with Ginger Chutney or any sauce of your choice.

Check out the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 12.
Sending this to Susan's 'MLLA - 43' hosted by Chez Cayenne this month.

Preparation Time 45 min
Makes about 20 medium sized Vadas
Posted by Harini on Thursday, January 19, 2012


  1. Suma Gandlur Says:
  2. They look lovely.
    BBB + masala vada would be always my birthday menu growing up. I love masala vadas that much. :)
    And I don't prefer it on festival days as they are prepared sans onions.

  3. Unknown Says:
  4. I love masala vada too. May I know y do you add rice to this vada? Just to make it crisp or any other purpose?

  5. Harini Says:
  6. @Uma, I added rice for extra crispiness..usually my mom doesn't add it as there are elderly people at home who can't chew crispy stuff :)

  7. Masala vada looks so delicious and mouthwatering.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  8. Unknown Says:
  9. its on our festival menu always....I also add rice for crispiness!...tempting click....can never have enough tho!

  10. Unknown Says:
  11. Looks really yummy :)

  12. Aarthi Says:
  13. Totally YUMMY..I love it..Delicious.


  14. Priya Suresh Says:
  15. Feel like munching some,super crispy n delicious fritters.

  16. Unknown Says:
  17. I can have masala vada any time of the day looks crisp and so tempting....

  18. Unknown Says:
  19. Masala vada looks crunchy and yummy.

  20. Srivalli Says:
  21. Never thought that those onion rings will make the bowl look so great..vadas are always a favorite!..

  22. never made it home although i enjoy it at local anna's shop many a times. your post is inspiring. lovely pics dear

  23. Archana Says:
  24. Been ages since I made these. Lovely ones.

  25. Sayali Says:
  26. I like to eat these. they are nice option for the trips if we do not add garlic.

  27. hmm looks yummy

  28. veena Says:
  29. Looks very crisp and yummy Harini

  30. can these ever be crunchy!!

  31. Vadai looks crispy and yummy! Perfect for snack time!

  32. Fairy Garden Says:
  33. crispy and yummy. same is called as aamvada in telugu and i have posted this for my 1st day of dal in bm.

  34. Claire Says:
  35. This looks like a delicious dish for a celebration! Thanks for sending it to My Legume Love Affair.

  36. Shruti J Says:
  37. Loved ur masala vada! Will try it out soon... :)

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