How to make Masala Vada -

A south Indian dish served as a snack.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from the book Street Food.

Main Ingredients : Split pigeon pea (toor dal/arhar dal) (तुवर दाल/अरहर दाल), Split Bengal gram (chana dal) (चने की दाल)

Cuisine : TamilNadu

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Masala Vada

Masala Vada Recipe Card


You can’t eat breakfast at night or dinner in the afternoon – but snacks? that you can eat anytime of the day! Along with tea, after school or at a birthday party – snacks are every foodie’s ultimate favourite. Healthy snacking is the best way to satisfy your munchies without the worry of to many added calories.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 41-50 minutes

Serve :

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Masala Vada Recipe

  • Split pigeon pea (toor dal/arhar dal) 1/2 cup

  • Split Bengal gram (chana dal) 1/2 cup

  • Split black gram skinless (dhuli urad dal) 1/2 cup

  • Dry red chilies 4

  • Curry leaves 10-12

  • Ginger 1/2 inch piece

  • Salt to taste

  • Onion chopped 1 large

  • Green chilli chopped 4

  • Asafoetida 1/4 teaspoon

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 2 tablespoons

  • Oil deep fried


Step 1

Soak all the dals together for half an hour. Place in a colander to drain. Grind the soaked dals, red chillies, curry leaves, ginger, salt and a little water to a coarse batter.

Step 2

Transfer the batter to a bowl; add the onion, green chillies, asafoetida and coriander leaves and mix well. Add salt to taste. Heat the oil in a kadai.

Step 3

Shape the batter into one-and-a-half-inch round balls, press slightly to flatten and deep-fry over medium heat till golden brown and crisp.

Step 4

Drain on absorbent paper and serve hot with chutney.

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