How to make Chana Dalwada -

A crisp deep fried snack made of split Bengal gram.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Split bengal gram, Onions (प्याज़ )

Cuisine : Tamil Nadu

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Chana Dalwada

Chana Dalwada Recipe Card


The highly developed and sensitive palates of the Tamilians are well chronicled in the Sangam classics. They believe that food should ideally cater to all the six tastes - bitter, pungent, sweet, salty, sour and astringent.
Tamil Nadu has a wide variety of delicious food both for the vegetarians as well as the non-vegetarians, though most of it is made of grains, lentils, rice and vegetables. Spices are added to give a distinctive taste. Rice has been the staple diet of the Tamilians, an inculcated habit, due to the large-scale cultivation of the crop in the state.
Chettinad cuisine, a speciality in Tamil Nadu, is famous for its hot and spicy non-vegetarian food.   A part of the Mudaliar community is non-vegetarians and its cuisine is delightfully spicy without being too hot. Wet masalas are generally used, the main ingredients being fresh coconut paste and ground ginger-garlic.

Prep Time : 1.30-2 hour

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Chana Dalwada Recipe

  • Split bengal gram 3 cup

  • Onions 2 medium

  • Green chillies 6

  • Ginger 1 inch piece

  • Garlic 4 cloves

  • Curry leaves 12-14

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil to deep fry


Step 1

Soak the dal for one-two hours and then grind to a coarse paste by adding very little water. Peel, wash and finely chop the onions. Wash and finely chop the green chillies.

Step 2

Wash and tear roughly the curry leaves. Peel and finely chop ginger and garlic. Add the chopped onions, chopped green chillies, ginger, garlic, curry leaves and salt to the ground chana dal. Divide this mixture into equal portions.

Step 3

Using wet hands roll each portion into a ball and flatten them slightly. Heat oil in a deep pan and deep fry these vadas till golden brown in color. Drain and serve hot with chutney or sauce.

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