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Masala Vada -- Masala Vadai -- How to make Masala Vada

Masala Vada
Masala Vada a very popular tea time snack in South India. Whenever we travel in trains across South India we find vendors selling masala vadai or masala vada. The aroma of it in the  bogie makes each and every passenger to have them immediately. Some times some people feel scary about emptying of them, even before they could get them. So either they move from their places and go to the vendor and purchase or keep calling the vendor.:D  
Coming to the recipe, a very simple and easy. We just need very less ingredients. Kids also love them very much. 
Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins
Recipe Category: Snacks
Recipe Cuisine: South Indian
Serves: 4 people


  • Bengal Gram / Chana Dal / Senaga Pappu - 2 cups
  • Gram Flour / Besan / Senaga Pindi  - 1 tbsp (optional)
  • Onions - 2 
  • Green Chillies - 2 
  • Red Chillies - 4
  • Cinnamon Sticks - 2 of 4" long
  • Cumin Seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Coriander Leaves - 1/2 cup
  • Oil - for frying
    Masala Vada


  1. Soak bengal gram/ chana dal for three to four hours. 
  2. Drain excess water in a colander or juice strainer and keep it like that for half an hour. 
  3. Add red chillies, cumin seeds and cinnamon sticks to it. Grind it to a coarse paste. 
  4. Do not add water while grinding. We should get a kind of powder texture. 
  5. Need not grind it to a fine paste, we can have some dal in it also.
  6. Chop onions, green chillies and coriander leaves. 
  7. Add salt and chopped onions, green chillies and coriander leaves to the above batter and mix well. 
  8. When we press the batter in between palms the vada should form tightly. If it is not forming we can add gram flour or besan. If it is forming then no need to add anything.
  9. Heat oil in a kadai, take small ball of batter press it in between palms. Drop it slowly in oil. 
  10. Fry four to six vadas at a time. It depends on the size we make and oil we poured in the kadai. 
  11. Fry them in low to medium flame.  Fry till they turn brown color.  Remove from heat and put them on absorbent paper. 
  12. Serve hot masala vada.  
    Masala Vada

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