dal vada recipe, how to make chana dal vada recipe | crisp dal vada recipe

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chana dal vada recipe - popular crispy & crunchy fried snack made from chana dal, onions and spices-herbs.
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dal vada recipe with step by step photos – 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.

dal vada recipe, chana dal vada recipe

while growing up, chana dal vada used to be one of our favorite fried snack. mom used to make these crisp crunchy fritters as an evening snack. i love to have these dal vadas with coconut chutney or tomato ketchup or red chilli garlic chutney. these are so good and addictive that you cannot stop at one.

i have been making this chana dal vada recipe for years now and learnt it from my mom. so thought of sharing the recipe. i have also posted two more variation of this recipe:

  1. masala vada. the taste of these chana dal vadas are different from the masala vadas.
  2. veg vada recipe.

chana dal vada, chana dal vada recipe

you can serve dal vada with coconut chutney or coriander chutney or mint chutney or tomato ketchup.

note: the recipe requires you to have a coarse mixture of the chana dal, which does include whole chana dal in it. if you have any family member with dental issues, then grind the batter finely. after frying the whole chana dal does become too crunchy, so not advisable for someone who has dental issues like root canal treatment done or gum related issues.

for more snacks recipes you may like are:

dal vada recipe, chana dal vada recipe
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dal vada recipe

chana dal vada recipe - popular crispy & crunchy fried snack made from chana dal, onions and spices-herbs.
course snacks
cuisine south indian, tamil nadu
prep time 2 hours 15 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 2 hours 35 minutes
servings 10 to 12 vadas
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for soaking chana dal

  • 120 grams chana dal Or ½ cup chana dal (husked and split bengal gram)
  • 1 cup water for soaking

other ingredients for dal vada recipe

  • 1 medium onion Or 60 grams Onions Or 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • ½ inch ginger finely chopped, optional
  • 1 or 2 green chilies, chopped (hari mirch)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves (kadi patta) Or 8 to 10 curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • ½ teaspoon rock salt or add as per taste
  • oil for deep frying

how to make recipe

soaking chana dal

  1. rinse ½ cup chana dal for a couple of times in water. 

  2. soak the chana dal in 1 cup water for 2 hours.

  3. drain the soaked chana dal very well. there should be no water in the dal. 

making dal vada mixture

  1. then add the chana dal in a grinder jar.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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.

  4. now take the coarsely ground chana dal in a bowl. 

  5. 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 ½ inch ginger (chopped).

  6. season with salt. mix very well. check the taste and add more salt if required.

  7. now make small or medium sized balls from the mixture.
  8. 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. but it needs some skill and experience.

  9. if you are unable to make them thin, then its fine. you can still have crisp dal vadas. you can also use a banana leaf or plastic sheet or a ziplock bag to keep the vadas. i often use a steel plate.

making dal vada

  1. heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan.

  2. on a medium flame heat the oil. check the oil temperature by dropping a small portion of the batter in the oil. if the small vada comes up steadily & quickly, the oil is hot enough for frying.
  3. now carefully slid the prepared dal vadas in the hot oil.

  4. fry them for a couple of minutes and then turn over with a slotted spoon and fry the other side. lower the flame while frying if the oil becomes too hot.
  5. fry till the chana dal vadas become golden and crisp. when the onions on the crust of the vada, look golden, this means the dal vada is done.

  6. place the fried chana dal vadas on kitchen paper towels to get rid of extra oil.
  7. fry the remaining dal vada this way in batches.

  8. serve the chana dal vada hot with coconut chutney or tomato ketchup.

how to make dal vada recipe

1. rinse ½ cup chana dal for a couple of times in water. soak the chana dal in 1 cup water for 2 hours.

chana dal for making chana dal vada recipe

2. drain the soaked chana dal very well. there should be no water in the dal.

chana dal for chana dal vada recipe

3. then add the chana dal in a grinder jar.

chana dal for chana dal vada recipe

4. 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.

ground chana dal for chana dal vada recipe

5. now take the coarsely ground chana dal in a bowl. add ⅓ cup chopped onions, 1 or 2 green chilies (chopped), 8 to 10 curry leaves (chopped) and 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves. you can also add ½ inch ginger (finely chopped).

chana dal mixture for making chana dal vada recipe

6. season with salt as required. i have added ½ teaspoon rock salt. if you use any other salt, then add accordingly and as per your taste.

making chana dal vada recipe

7. mix very well. check the taste and add more salt if required.

making chana dal vada recipe

8. now make small or medium sized balls from the mixture.

making chana dal vada recipe

9. flatten them and place them on a plate or tray. at times, i flatten them slightly thin as then, the vadas becomes more crisp and crunchy. but it needs some skill and experience. if you are unable to make them thin, then its fine. you can still have crisp vadas. you can also use a banana leaf or plastic sheet or a ziplock bag to keep the vadas. i often use a steel plate.

vadas for making chana dal vada recipe

frying dal vada

10. heat oil for deep frying. on a medium flame heat the oil. check the oil temperature by dropping a small portion of the batter in the oil. if the small vada comes up steadily and quickly, the oil is hot enough for frying.

making chana dal vada recipe

11. now carefully slid the prepared dal vadas in the hot oil.

making chana dal vada recipe

12. fry them for a couple of minutes and then turn over with a slotted spoon and fry the other side. lower the flame while frying if the oil becomes too hot. add the number of vadas depending on the size and capacity of the kadai. do not overcrowd the kadai with dal vadas, while frying.

making chana dal vada recipe

13. fry till the dal vadas become golden and crisp. when the onions on the crust of the vada, look golden, this means the dal vada is done.

making chana dal vada recipe

14. once nicely crisp and golden, then remove the chana dal vadas.

making chana dal vada recipe

15. place the fried dal vadas on kitchen paper towels to get rid of extra oil.

making chana dal vada recipe

16. fry the remaining dal vada this way in batches.

making chana dal vada recipe

serve the chana dal vada hot with tomato ketchup or mint chutney or coriander chutney or with coconut chutney. for more tasty vada recipes you can check this collection of 24 vada varieties.

dal vada recipe

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Love this recipe, my husband like it so much, and really easy to prepare. Best for monsoon season. Thank you so much.

    • Welcome Falguni. Thanks for your positive feedback.

  2. Hi Dassana,

    Can we use roasted bengal gram dal for making the vadas?

    • Remya, i don’t think so.