How to make Masala Vadai -

A dish from Tamilnadu usually served as a starter and is a part of most festive meals.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Split Bengal Gram, Split Pigeon Pea

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Masala Vadai

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History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 41-50 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Masala Vadai Recipe

  • Split Bengal Gram 3/4 cup

  • Split Pigeon Pea 1/2

  • Whole dry red chillies 6

  • Asafoetida 1/4 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Onion finely chopped 1 medium

  • Ginger finely chopped 1 inch piece

  • Green chillies chopped 2

  • Curry leaves chopped 10-12

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 2 tablespoons

  • Oil to deep fry


Step 1

Soak chana dal in two cups of water for about thirty minutes. Drain. Soak toovar dal in salted water for about twenty minutes. Drain. Grind chana dal coarsely. Grind red chillies to a paste and add drained toovar dal.

Step 2

Continue to grind to a coarse paste. Mix the dal pastes together. Add asafoetida, salt, onion, ginger, green chilles, curry leaves and coriander leaves.

Step 3

Mix well into a nice stiff batter. Heat sufficient oil in a deep kadai. Take a small portion of the batter (about lemon sized ball), wet your palm, flatten the batter and slide it into the hot oil. Fry on both the sides till golden brown and crisp. Drain and serve hot with the chutney of your choice.

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