Vegan White Chickpea Fritters (Chickpea Vada)

This Vegan Chickpea Fritters or vada is easy to make tasty snack made with dried chickpeas, herbs and spices.

These Fritters are similar to Falafel in their texture and crunch, but the taste is different as they are flavored with Indian herbs and spices.

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Chickpea Fritters

I have given Indian flavors to the vada or fritters. To make these vadas, you need to soak the dried chickpeas overnight or for 7 to 8 hours in water. Then you drain and make a coarse paste of the soaked chickpeas with herbs and spices.

The chickpea fritters go very well with coconut chutney or even coriander chutney. They also taste good with tomato ketchup.

These can also be stuffed in a burger bun or sandwich or pita bread or a wrap along with your favorite salad, sauces or dips.

Steps to make chickpea fritters or chickpea vada

1. Grind the soaked & drained white chickpeas, cumin, green chilies, ginger and asafoetida (hing) to a coarse paste. Add onions, rice flour and the rest of the spices to it. Mix well.

mixture for chickpea vada recipe

2. Shape the mixture into round vadas or patties.

mixture for chickpea vada recipe

3. Heat oil and then shallow or deep fry the fritters till crisp and golden.

fry the chickpea vadas

4. Drain them on paper towels to remove excess oil.

chickpea vadas recipe

5. Serve chickpeas fritters hot with coconut chutney or coriander chutney or tomato ketchup.

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Chickpea Fritters

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This Vegan Chickpea Fritters or vada is easy to make tasty snack made with dried chickpeas, herbs and spices.
chickpea fritters recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:9 hrs
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:9 hrs 20 mins
Difficulty Level:Moderate
Servings (change the number to scale):2 to 3
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • 1 cup dried white chickpeas (kabuli chana or safed chana)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 or 2 green chili - roughly chopped
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • ¾ inch ginger - roughly chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves)
  • ¾ teaspoon coriander powder (ground coriander)
  • ½ teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • 1.5 to 2 tablespoon rice flour
  • ½ teaspoon sugar - optional
  • salt as required
  • oil for deep frying or shallow frying


Making Chickpea Fritters

  • Rinse the chickpeas well. Then soak them in enough water in a bowl or pan.
  • Keep covered for 7 to 8 hours or overnight.
  • Drain them well and add them to the wet grinder or chutney grinder.
  • Also add the chopped green chilies, ginger, asafoetida and cumin seeds.
  • Grind to a semi coarse mixture without adding water.
  • Add water only if required and if you are unable to grind the mixture. Remove the chickpea mixture in a bowl.
  • Add finely chopped onions, coriander leaves, coriander powder, crushed black pepper, rice flour, sugar and salt. The rice flour helps in binding the mixture.
  • Mix very well.
  • Shape into round and flat vadas or patties.

Frying Chickpea Fritters

  • Heat oil for deep or shallow frying in a kadai or pan. Slid the vadas or patties into hot oil.
  • Let one side get half cooked and turn over carefully with a slotted spoon.
  • Fry the chickpea fritters till both sides are crisp and golden.
  • Note if you have added water while grinding the chickpeas, then you won't be able to shape them like patties. In this case drop spoonfuls of the batter in hot oil while frying.
  • Drain them on kitchen napkins to remove excess oil.
  • Serve chickpea fritters hot with green chutney or coconut chutney.


*to make a gluten free version, skip the asafoetida or add gluten free asafoetida.
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Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in 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 formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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  1. I tried this recipe dassana. When I dropped the vada in oil it broke totally. Is there a problem with binding?? Other masala vada and veg vada came out well.

    • the recipe is similar to chana dal vada. the mixture has to be thick. if water is added and the batter becomes medium to thin consistency, then the vadas can break in oil. also rice flour is added which helps in binding. the water has to be drained very well from the chana before grinding. i would suggest to fry a small piece of the mixture first. if it breaks, then some rice flour can be added to bind the mixture. hope this helps.

  2. I just loved this is full of awesome recipes…

    • thanks sadaf

  3. What to add if we don’t have rice flour for the binding .thx

    • you can besan/gram flour or maida/all purpose flour.

  4. Hello Dassana,

    I can tell that this would come out super. The question I have is – why do we add rice flour to the batter? To make it crispier is my guess. But wanted to confirm.

    Thanks.5 stars

    • to make the vadas crisp as well as to bind the mixture.

  5. Lovely vada recipe and indeed one of the best website for Indian recipe..:-)

    • thanks kamalika

  6. These look absolutely delicious. My mom in makes these with the green channa and I absolutely LOVE them.

    • thanks ansh

  7. healthy vada

  8. Nice one and seriously tempting