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yum and a favorite south indian snack made with chana dal (bengal gram), onions and spices-herbs. these crispy and crunchy dal vadas are a popular south indian tea time snack which you are going to like.
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Prep Time2 hours
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time2 hours 30 minutes
Served As: Snacks
Recipe Cuisine Type: Indian, Street Food
Recipe Taste: Spicy, Sweet, Tangy
Servings 4


  • 1 cup Split Bengal Gram split bengal
  • 1/3 cup Onion chopped
  • 1/2 Ginger optional nch finely chopped
  • 1 Green Chillies chopped or
  • 1 sprig Curry
  • 2 tbsp Coriander chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Rock Salt or add as per taste
  • Oil for deep frying


  • rinse ½ cup chana dal for a couple of times in water
  • soak the chana dal in 1 cup water for 2 hours.
  • drain the soaked chana dal very well. there should be no water in the dal.
  • then add the chana dal in a grinder jar.
  • without adding any water, grind to a coarse mixture. some whole chana dal should be there in the mixture. i have not added any water, while grinding.
  • if you add water, then it becomes difficult to shape the vadas. if you are not able to grind at all, then add 1 to 2 tablespoons water and then grind.
  • now take the coarsely ground chana dal in a bowl
  • add 1/3 cup chopped onion, 1 or 2 green chilies (chopped), 8 to 10 curry leaves (chopped) and 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves. you can also add 1/2 inch ginger (chopped).
  • season with salt. mix very well. check the taste and add more salt if required.
  • now make small or medium sized balls from the mixture
  • flatten them and place them on a plate or tray. at times, i flatten them slightly thin as then, they becomes more crisp and crunchy.
  • heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan.
  • on a medium flame heat the oil. check the oil temperature by dropping a small portion of the batter in the oil.
  • now carefully slid the prepared dal vadas in the hot oil.
  • fry till the chana dal vadas become golden and crisp
  • place the fried chana dal vadas on kitchen paper towels to get rid of extra oil.
  • serve the chana dal vada hot with coconut chutney or tomato ketchup.
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