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

chana dal vada recipe - popular crispy & crunchy fried snack made from chana dal, onions and spices-herbs.
5 from 4 votes

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 vada 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 recipe of – masala vada. the taste of these chana dal vadas are different from the masala vada.

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.

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dal vada recipe

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time:2 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:2 hrs 35 mins
chana dal vada recipe - popular crispy & crunchy fried snack made from chana dal, onions and spices-herbs.
Course:snacks
Cuisine:south indian,tamil nadu
Servings:10 to 12 vadas

INGREDIENTS FOR dal vada recipe

(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 dal vada recipe

soaking chana dal

  • 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. 

making dal vada mixture

  • 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 ½ 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 become 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 dal vada. you can also use a banana leaf or plastic sheet or a ziplock bag to keep the vada. i often use a steel plate.

making dal vada

  • 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. if the small vada comes up steadily & quickly, the oil is hot enough for frying.
  • now carefully slid the prepared dal vada in the hot oil.
  • 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.
  • fry till the chana dal vada become golden and crisp. when the onions on the crust of the vada, look golden, this means the dal vada is done.
  • place the fried chana dal vada on kitchen paper towels to get rid of extra oil.
  • fry the remaining dal vada this way in batches.
  • serve the chana dal vada hot with coconut chutney or tomato ketchup.
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how to make dal vada

grinding chana dal

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 vada. 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

making dal vada mixture

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 vada 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 vada. you can also use a banana leaf or plastic sheet or a ziplock bag to keep the vada. 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 vada depending on the size and capacity of the kadai. do not overcrowd the kadai with dal vada, while frying.

making chana dal vada recipe

13. fry till the dal vada 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 vada.

making chana dal vada recipe

15. place the fried dal vada 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.

dal vada recipe


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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 greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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27 comments/reviews

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

  2. Hello
    1 urgent query.
    Can I make vada ahead of time like in early evening and put it in fridge or freezer and fry it when guests come for the dinner?
    Would it be fine?
    There are some

  3. I liked this,its very nice and I liked so much,today iam preparing this dish only,thanks for sharing and it is very easy to understand….thank u so much….

  4. My first time trying this dish and I love it.. Always loved it when my mom made them.. Today I got to make this myself and I absolutely am in love with it.. You make cooking so easy..!!! Love you guys for coming up with such a brilliant app!! #bestIndianrecipes #bestdescription#bestapp#❣️

  5. Hi Dasanna
    I love this recipe.. I remember my mom preparing these during monsoons… they r soo tasty… thank you for posting this recipe..

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