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December 11, 2013

Masala Vada/Masala Vadai Recipe/Paruppu Vadai

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Masala vada
Masal vadai/Masala vada/Paruppu vadai is an yummy tea time snack recipe. My mom & MIL make masal vadai without adding fennel seeds and mint leaves. We mostly make it for guest to serve in the afternoon lunch or for more kuzhambu. Sendhil likes that vada a lot. But I love masala vada only with spices. Before marriage, I used to buy masala vada from a tea shop. I would say it was the tastiest vada I’ve ever had in my life. She usually opens the shop at 11 am. All the vadas will be sold out in just 30 minutes. We have to rush to buy them. She also makes urad dal vada, bonda and bajji.

Once I asked her recipe secret and she told me roughly. Based on the ingredients she told and by referring vahchef’s site for some minute tips, finally I made a great flavoured crispy masala vada. I have mentioned the tips and variations in “Notes” section. Do try this crispy tea stall style masala vada.U’ll love it.

Masal vadai

Masala vada

Masala vada Masala vada - yummy tea time snack
Cuisine: Indian Category: Snacks Yields: 15 nos
Prep Time: 60 Minutes Cook Time: 20 Minutes Total Time: 80 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
To soak
  • Chana dal/Kadalai paruppu -1 cup
To grind
  • Green chillies or red chillies - 3-4 nos
  • Hing - 1/4 tsp or small garlic cloves – 4 nos
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Fennel -1 tsp
  • Salt – as needed
To mix in the batter
  • Small onions/Big onions - 15 nos / 2 nos
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Coriander leaves – 1.5 tbsp
  • Mint leaves - 2 tbsp
  • Rice flour - 1 tsp ( optional)

  • Wash and soak the dal for 3-4 hours. Drain the water and set aside. In a mixie jar,take the chillies, salt, ginger, hing or garlic and fennel seeds. Grind it well. Then add half of the drained chana dal. Coarsely grind it to a paste (sprinkle only 1-2 tsp of water if needed. But its better not to add water at all). Some dals would be visible. Remove in a bowl. Grind in two batches.
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  • Mix both the batches well and add the finely chopped onions, curry leaves, coriander leaves and mint leaves. Mix well. Add  1 tsp of rice flour or corn flour if needed. Heat oil in a kadai for deep frying.
  • Check the oil temperature by dropping a pinch of batter in the oil. If it rises immediately, oil temperature is just right. Simmer the flame and then make a small lemon sized ball from the batter. Pat it slightly. Make the corners slightly thinner than the middle.
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  • Drop into the hot oil. Make some more vadas and deep fry them in both the sides till onions & vada turn golden brown color. Remove, drain the oil in a tissue paper. Proceed the same for all the batter. Serve hot !
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  • Pat the vada little thin to maintain its crispness. Do not cover the vadas when it is hot. It makes the vada soft and soggy.
  • Add jeera if you don’t like fennel seeds. Some people do not like the over powering masala smell. In that case, skip it.
  • For variations,replace green chillies by red chillies. I mostly use red chillies. This time I made with green chillies. U can replace hing by garlic cloves. Add 4-5 cloves in this case.
  • If you soak the dal for more than 3 hours, you can grind it without adding water. In that case add little rice flour or besan flour or corn flour for binding.
  • U can also make this vada by soaking the dal for 45 minutes but you have to add little more water while grinding. But the result will be the same.
  • Adding ginger is completely optional. But it helps for digestion of vada.
  • Addition of oil helps for binding the batter as well as crispness.
  • If you feel the batter is watery or wet, add little rice flour corn flour or besan flour. Mix well and make vada.
  • Addition of fennel and mint leaves gives the taste like you get in tea shops. So never skip it.

Serve hot and crispy vada with tea !
Masala vada recipe

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Laxmipriya said...

fantastic clicks chitra.. my fav masal vadai.. like the last click.. :)

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Masal vadai looks so tempting...perfect with combo with a cup of tea. Nice tip of adding hot oil to the batter.

AparnaRajeshkumar said...

tasted masala vadai a lot never tasted with Tea.. i should try this combo !

Rafeeda AR said...

i haven't had vada for so long and that last picture is making me really crave for some... my all time favorite snack...

Nargis Aara said...

yummy hot masala vadas for evening snacks :) I love to have them crispy and gooey :)

Anusha said...

i love that last picture with that cutting chai and some vadai. Yumm

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

Cutting chai.Lol

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

Lovely vadai. Perfect for this rainy weather. I don't mind having a bite

Unknown said...

Yummy and love the clicks

Unknown said...

can enjoy this anytime.. super delicious

cookingwithsapana said...

masala vada looks super crispy and yummy ! tempting clicks...

Menaga Sathia said...

looks so crispy n inviting!!

great-secret-of-life said...

one of my fav vada.. nothing beats this combo! vada and tea!

divya said...

looks sooo crispy n inviting..

Hema said...

Vada and tea, perfect for this weather..

Shanthi said...

One of my favorite vada..done it perfectly..

Priya said...

oh loved ur clicks .love the vadai n tea combo...


Shama Nagarajan said...

perfect for winter....drooling

Chitra said...

haha :)

Shoba said...

Too good and crunchy da..okok Plan up the list for me..

Eat n Eat little More said...

this looks awesome.. Wish to munch them right away

dewdrops said...

Hi chitra
Planning to try this tomorrow for more kuzhambu.
Few doubts, 1. Should we grind the green chillies, should we add ginger along with garlic to grind. 2. How to take photographs of vadai in hot oil using slr camera? Won't the vadai get burnt?

Chitra said...

Hello Keerthi ,
Nice to see ur message after a long time.Yes,u have to grind ginger along with chillies.Add garlic if u like.Else use hing,I use hing mostly.Haha,u can take pictures while u fry vada in oil.simmer the flame completely and take a shot :)

Rads said...

Hi Chitra, thank you for posting the wonderful recipe with the detailed steps. I had been quite intimidated by the thought of making masala vadai at home till I came across your blog by accident. I made them for the first time today and they came out exactly like yours in the picture:). The only variation that I made was adding both garlic and hing. They were scrumptious and my otherwise reticent husband was all gaga over them. So thank you once again and keep up the good work!

Chitra said...

Thanks a lot a Rads for your wonderful feedback. U made my day !:)