How to make Dal Vada-SK Khazana -

A popular South Indian breakfast item – chana dal vadas crisp on the outside and soft inside

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Split Bengal gram (chana dal) (चने की दाल), Oil (ऑइल)

Cuisine : South Indian

Course : Snacks and Starters

Dal Vada-SK Khazana

Dal Vada-SK Khazana Recipe Card


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Prep Time : 3.30-4 hour

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Dal Vada-SK Khazana Recipe

  • Split Bengal gram (chana dal) soaked for 3-4 hours and drained 2 cups

  • Oil to deep fry

  • Green chillies chopped 1-2

  • Curry leaves 15-17

  • Medium onion finely chopped 1

  • Ginger finely chopped 1/2 inch

  • Fresh coriander leaves finely chopped 2-3 tables to garnish

  • Salt to taste

  • Lemon wedges to serve

  • Green coconut chutney to serve


Step 1

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai.

Step 2

Coarsely grind drained split Bengal gram with broken green chillies and curry leaves. Transfer into a bowl.

Step 3

Add onion, ginger, coriander leaves and salt and mix well.

Step 4

Dampen your palms with some water, divide the mixture into equal portions, shape into balls and flatten them slightly between yours palms to shape into vadas.

Step 5

Put the vadas in hot oil and deep-fry on medium heat till golden brown and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 6

Line a serving platter with a piece of banana leaf and place the dal vadas on one side. Place a bowl of green coconut chutney and lemon wedges on the other side and serve hot garnished with coriander leaves.

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