Dal Vada (2 Ways) | Masala Vada | Paruppu Vadai

Dal vada also called as paruppu vadai or chana dal vada are spiced and crunchy fritters made with chana dal (bengal gram) and spices. There are 2 popular ways to make these dal vada depending upon the number of spices used. I have shared both these methods with you.

  1. Chana Dal Vada – Less Spiced Version.
  2. Masala Vada – These are spiced with fennel seeds, coriander seeds, dry red chillies and black pepper.

Both the recipes taste good and you can make any of them as per your taste preference. The method of making both these versions is almost the same. The main difference is the addition of more spices in the masala vada.

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About This Dal Vada (Paruppu Vadai)

This Chana Dal Vada is a popular and favorite South Indian snack made with chana dal (bengal gram), onions and spices-herbs. Gluten-free and vegan recipe.

These are crispy and crunchy and make for a good tea time snack that you are going to like.

While growing up, chana dal vada used to be one of our favorite fried snack. Mom used to make these crispy fritters as an evening snack.

I love to have these 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 recipe for years now and learnt it from my mom. The taste of these dal vada is different from the masala vada.

You can serve paruppu vadai with coconut chutney or coriander chutney or mint chutney or tomato ketchup.

chana dal vada, chana dal vada recipe

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.

How to make dal vada or paruppu vadai

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 chana 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 vada, while frying.

making chana dal vada recipe

13. Fry till they become golden and crisp. When the onions on the crust of the vada, look golden, this means the vada is done.

making chana dal vada recipe

14. Once nicely crisp and golden, then remove them.

making chana dal vada recipe

15. Place them 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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Note: This recipe post is from the archives and has been republished and updated on 29 May 2020. 

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Dal Vada | Paruppu Vadai (Crispy)

4.75 from 12 votes
Chana dal vada is a popular crispy & crunchy fried snack made from chana dal, onions and spices-herbs. Gluten-free and Vegan
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:2 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:2 hrs 35 mins
Course:snacks
Cuisine:south indian,tamil nadu
Diet:gluten-free,vegan
Difficulty Level:Moderate
Servings (change the number to scale):10 to 12 vadas
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Ingredients 

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 Paruppu Vadai

  • 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
  • 1 sprig curry leaves or 8 to 10 curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
  • ½ teaspoon rock salt or add as per taste
  • oil for deep frying

Instructions

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.

frying chana 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 they become golden and crisp. When the onions on the crust of the vada, look golden, this means the dal vada is done.
  • Place them 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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About Masala Vada

Masala vada are spiced and crunchy vegan fritters made with bengal gram and spices like fennel seeds, coriander seeds, dry red chillies and black pepper. They are also a popular tea time snack in South India.

I had got requests for masala vadai and it was time I added this favorite South Indian snack. Usually I prepare the less spiced chana dal vada which has a fewer spices and herbs than this one.

The method of making masala vadai is similar to falafel recipe. Instead of ground white chickpeas, chana dal is used here. The spices and herbs added here are also different than what is added in falafel.

In the recipe, I prefer to add both red as well as green chilies. But you can add either of them. If only using dry red chilies, then add two chilies instead of one.

In the recipe, you can also add grated coconut and use some tuvar dal (pigeon pea lentils) along with the chana dal.

Usually I serve masala vada with our evening tea or coffee and at times with coconut chutney or tomato ketchup.

How to make masala vada

1. Rinse ½ cup chana dal (split bengal gram) for a couple of times in water. Then soak in enough water for 2 hours. For a quicker option, you can heat water and then soak the chana dal for an hour.

chana dal for masala vada recipe

2. Later, in a grinder, add the following whole spices – 1 dry red chili, deseeded and halved, 1 tsp fennel seeds, ½ tsp coriander seeds and ¼ tsp black pepper.

spices for masala vada recipe

3. Grind the spices coarsely.

spices for masala vada recipe

4. Drain the soaked chana dal very well. Then add the chana dal to the grinder jar in which the spices are already there. No need to remove the spices.

chana dal for masala vada recipe

5. Grind the dal coarsely. Some whole chana dal should be there. No need to add water while grinding. I did not add any water. If you add water, then its become difficult to shape the vadais. If you are not able to grind at all, then add 2 tbsp water and grind.

grinding dal for masala vada recipe

6. Scrape and remove the ground dal in a mixing bowl.

making masala vada recipe

Making masala vada

7. Add ¼ cup chopped onion, 1 tsp chopped green chilies, 1 tsp chopped ginger, 9 to 10 curry leaves (finely chopped), 2 to 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves and a pinch of asafoetida and salt as per taste.

spices for masala vada recipe

8. Mix very well.

making masala vada recipe

9. Shape to medium sized vadas. Make medium sized balls and then flatten them. If not able to shape vadais, then add 1 or 2 tbsp of rice flour to the ground lentils to thicken the mix slightly.

shaping masala vada

10. Heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan.

oil for masala vada recipe

11. 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, the oil is hot enough for frying.

frying masala vada recipe

12. Now carefully slid the prepared masala vada in the hot oil.

frying masala vada recipe

13. Fry 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.

frying masala vada recipe

14. Fry till they become golden and crisp. When the onions on the crust of the vadai, look golden, this means the vadai is done.

frying masala vada recipe

15. Drain them on kitchen paper towels to remove excess oil.

masala vada recipe, masala vada

16. Serve these spiced masala vada hot tomato ketchup or with coconut chutney.

masala vada recipe, masala vada, masala vadai

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Masala Vada

4.74 from 15 votes
Masala vada are spiced and crunchy fritters made with bengal gram and spices like fennel seeds, coriander seeds, dry red chillies and black pepper.
masala vada
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:2 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:2 hrs 35 mins
Course:snacks
Cuisine:south indian
Diet:vegan,vegetarian
Difficulty Level:Moderate
Servings (change the number to scale):7 to 8 vadas
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Ingredients 

to be ground

  • ½ cup chana dal (husked and split bengal gram)
  • 1 dry red chili - deseeded and halved
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ½ teaspoon coriander seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

to be added to the ground lentils later

  • 1 small onion, chopped or ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 green chili chopped or 1 teaspoon chopped green chilies
  • ½ inch ginger finely chopped or 1 teaspoon chopped ginger
  • 9 to 10 curry leaves - finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • salt as required

other ingredients

  • oil for frying
  • water for soaking chana dal, as required

Instructions

preparation for masala vada

  • Rinse the chana dal for a couple of times in water. 
  • Then soak in enough water for 2 hours. For a quicker option, you can heat water and the soak the chana dal for an hour.
  • Later, in a grinder, add the following whole spices - 1 dry red chili, deseeded and halved, 1 tsp fennel seeds, 1/2 tsp coriander seeds and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Grind the spices coarsely.
  • Drain the soaked chana dal very well. Then add the chana dal to the grinder jar in which the spices are already there. No need to remove the spices.
  • Grind the dal coarsely. Some whole chana dal should be there. 
  • No need to add water while grinding. I did not add any water. If you add water, then it becomes difficult to shape the vadais. If you are not able to grind at all, then add 1 to 2 tbsp water and grind.
  • Scrape and remove the ground dal in a mixing bowl.
  • Add 1/4 cup chopped onion, 1 tsp chopped green chilies, 1 tsp chopped ginger, 8 to 10 curry leaves, finely chopped, 2 to 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves and a pinch of asafoetida and salt as per taste.
  • Mix very well.

shaping and making masala vada

  • Shape to medium sized vadas. Make medium sized balls and then flatten them. If not able to shape vadai, then add 1 or 2 tbsp of rice flour.
  • 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, the oil is hot enough for frying.
  • Now carefully slid the 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.
  • Fry till the vada becomes golden and crisp. Drain them on kitchen paper towels to remove excess oil.
  • Serve these spiced masala vada hot tomato ketchup or with coconut chutney.

Notes

The recipe can be doubled too.
To make the vadas gluten free, skip the asafoetida.
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60 comments/reviews

  1. I made it today, half of it disappeared even before I finished the whole batter!!😄
    Amazing recipe, easy to follow. Thanks for sharing.5 stars

    • Lovely and thanks for letting me know. Thanks for the feedback too. Welcome.

  2. If baking instead of frying do you the what temperature and time limit should be used? I can’t wait to try your recipe. Looks amazing!

    • you can bake at 180 degrees celsius in a preheated oven. time taken will depend on the oven type. so an approx 15 to 25 minutes can be the time for baking.

  3. Hi- Can you please tell me which is a easy starter to make for a party? I don’t have experience making snack. Thanks!

    • archana, easiest is paneer tikka on stove top or cheese chili toast or even masala corn or corn chaat made with tinned corn. cheese sandwich is also easy to prepare. you can even make sev puri or dahi papdi chaat or bhel puri or dahi batata puri. except the green chutney, the sweet tamarind chutney can be purchased from outside. even red chili garlic chutney can be purchased. all the recipes are posted on website.

      • Hi.. Thank you so much! I am planning to make 100 masala vada for the party. Can you please tell me how much spices and chana dal to use to make 100 masala vadas?

        • welcome archana. in the recipe card, under the heading of servings, just increase the number to 100 or type 100 and in the ingredient section, it will automatically calculate the quantities for 100 vadas. hope this helps. the spices you can round up and come to the closest figure.

          for 100 masala vadas, you can use:
          7 cups chana dal,
          12 to 14 dry red chilies,
          14 teaspoons (about 4.5 tablespoons) fennel seeds,
          7 teaspoon coriander seeds,
          3 to 4 teaspoons black pepper
          14 to 15 small onions,
          12 to 14 green chilies,
          7 inches ginger (include various size of ginger roots) or about 4.5 to 5 tablespoons chopped ginger,
          11 to 12 curry leaf sprigs, and
          3/4th to 1 teaspoon asafoetida (hing).

        • Thank you very much! I just made 10 vadas today. Vadas were hard and crunchy. I had soaked chana dal for 2 hrs. It was difficult to shape so I added few spoons or rice flour and managed to get better shape. Can you please tell why vadas tasted hard and crunchy.

        • archana, spread some oil or a bit of water on your palms before shaping. addition of rice flour and sooji is good if it is in less amounts. too much makes the fried snack hard. telling you this from my personal experience. so whenever adding rice flour or sooji, add less just enough to bind. do not add more. makes the fried snack hard and dense. while grinding add very less water or no water while grinding. if there is more water, then it becomes difficult to shape the vadas. in case you add more water, then instead of shaping in vadas, fry them like pakoras. drop spoonfuls of batter in the oil and fry like pakoras. you will get tasty chana dal pakoras.

  4. Hi, I made this vadas by adding grated coconut as we don’t eat onion & garlic & the vadas turned out very tasty. Everyone just loved the vadas. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe as your recipes are always easy & best to make.5 stars

    • thanks neha for positive views 🙂 and you are welcome.

    • welcome neha. you can easily skip the onion and garlic. grated coconut is a good addition. thanks for sharing this as well as the feedback on the masala vada recipe.

  5. You can also add soya herbs (sabaski soppu)… With cilantro5 stars

    • thanks for sharing this suggestion 🙂

  6. Respected Ma’am, I tried this vadas without mixing onion as we don’t eat onion and garlic. I made little variation by adding fresh grated cocunut and little baking soda. The vadas turned out to be very tasty and soft. Thank you very much.5 stars

    • thanks vijay for this feedback. coconut can be added and also baking soda. thanks for sharing the variations you made to the masala vada recipe.

  7. Very simple method and very delicious outcome 🙂5 stars

    • thankyou kinshuk

  8. Can I grind the vada batter and keep in fridge for 2 days? And then take out, form into balls and fry…

    • you can do so. just let the mixture come to a room temperature and then fry. but what i have noticed with mixtures or chana dal or besan batters kept in the fridge, is that the taste changes after 1 or 2 days. so here too the taste will change.

  9. it is very similar to my moms procedure, if my mom makes vada’s everyone in the surroundings will be interested to eat.

    • thanks suresh for sharing this bit about your mom. looks like your mom is very good in cooking 🙂

  10. Thanks a lot. First tym I tried. It turned out well. I added spinach in this. It tasted gud.4 stars

    • glad you liked the masala vada sharada 🙂 thankyou.

  11. Love your recipes. This one turned into a disaster for me, however! I followed it exactly. When I put the vada in the oil to fry, they just started to fall apart. I then again tried after adding some rice flour. Same result. What am I doing wrong? I added only 2 tablespoons of water after grinding because I could not make the vadas. Other than that, followed the recipe exactly. Thanks!!

    • too much of water in the mixture. 2 tbsp is fine when grinding. but i think 2 tbsp of water after grinding, has made the mixture thin. also the chana dal should be drained very well and added to the grinder. even a little bit of water when adding chana dal to the grinder, makes a difference. if you would have added more rice flour, the vadas would not have broken while frying. also the oil has to be hot. in oil which is not hot, the vadas can break while frying. hope this helps.

  12. ITS YUMMY SIR PLEASE CAN YOU GIVE ALL YOUR RECIPES IN HINDI LANGUAGE

    • we are looking into the hindi translation.

  13. Hey.. I have grind the dal in hand blender and did not add water but it’s very dry. Its very difficult to shape it or even fry it. It’s very very dry. What should I do. Pl help.

    • add 1 to 2 tbsp water and mix. you will be able to shape the vadas.

  14. i like this3 stars

  15. i love it3 stars

    • thankyou prushotham 🙂

  16. Hi.

    I tried ur masala vadas and they turned out so nicely.. My kids liked them a lot. Everybody else also…

    Thank u so much for the simple n heart filling vadas.

    • great to know sarita your family loved the masala vadas. you are always welcome.

  17. I made it today and those were awsome..
    Thanks for posting recipes in simple format. That attracts beginners like me to enter kitchen n try new things.
    Thanks again,
    Deepika.3 stars

    • welcome deepika. glad to know this. thanks for sharing positive feedback.

  18. Awesome preparation. The ingredients are perfect. Enjoyed preparing and indulging in.
    We all loved the vadas. Very rarely the preparations found on websites work out perfect but this website is an exception. Thanks.

    • welcome sonali. nice to know this. thanks for sharing positive feedback on recipes.

  19. Thanks a lot for us recepie.
    Its Ramzan time and everyday need to prepare something chatpata, spicy and new snacks recepies for iftyari.
    This recepie was really tasty we enjoyed it with tomato ketchup and imli chatni.
    I made a few alterations in it
    Instead of just black pepper I added 1pinch of garam masala and instead of only ginger I used ginger-garlic paste which was ready at home.

    But overall the vadas was really very tasty.4 stars

    • thanks ashna for the positive feedback. the alterations you made are fine and will give a good taste to the vadas.

  20. I made this
    but made few alteration in the second step , I added few pods of garlic with skin.
    i soaked the dhall for only 1 1/2 hour. Then I used food processor to grind the dhall.
    if u want to make this quick soak the dhall in boiling hot water foe half an hour the vadas will be crispy only draw back in this is it sucks up oil .
    vada swill be very crispier

    • thanks for the comment and sharing the garlic suggestion. garlic with skin will give a good flavor. hot boiling water works to soak the dal 🙂

  21. This is awesome The process which described herein is really easy to understand. I shall try it within a few days and come back with my experience and test.

    • thanks kumkum.

  22. Easy to make. Tasty as it looks. Read this recipe for the first time. Totally want to make it. Woah! I’m gonna check the blog everyday now. I hhave only one request to make. i am a 20 year old doing engineering. I hardly get time fir cooking but i am very intrested in cooking. So i keep looking for easy recipes which i can cook in little time so i can do what i love! So I request you to upload more such easy recipes. And I really loved the masala vada recipe. surely gonna try it. Kuddos. 🙂 🙂

    • thanks a lot bhavika.

  23. This blog is awesome. I have tried many recipes and all of them are very gud. This is very helpful.. 10 on 10 .. very happy5 stars

    • thanks ruchi for sharing positive review on recipes.

  24. Hi dassana,

    Recently , I came across your blog and I must say I just love . I normally have queries on logic of cooking steps required n ingredients used . Your well explained recepies take care of my queries . Photos step by step are so helpful , infact much better than watching videos …..keep up your good work ……

    Puja4 stars

    • thanks puja for sharing positive feedback. nice to know that you liked the recipes presentation.

  25. thanks for the recipe di …. I m surely gona gv it a try today itself … bdw what is the possible substitute for curry leaves as we get the dry ones here not the fresh one??

    • You can easily add the dry ones 🙂

  26. Hi Dassana

    Do you think it’s possible to make a non fried version of this vada in the aebleskiver pan?

    I really love these vadas but want a quicker healthier option. Let me know if you think it’s worth a try! 🙂

    • supriya, you can make in this pan. you can also bake them.

  27. Delicious snack!! I made them for the first and they came out very nice n crisp.. Thanks fr sharing!!! Do u have a recipe fr cheese balls also?

    • thats good to know ruchi. thanks 🙂 i did try making cheese balls and though they tasted damn good, but half of them burst in the oil while frying. cheese balls need to be fried at a certain temperature and the mixture should have a certain binding consistency. i am still trying and testing the recipe and will add if the recipe comes out very well.

  28. Hi Dassana
    Mouthwatering snack! Thanks for providing this recipe. I love the smell of masala vadi more than the taste. I am wondering if it would work if I use soaked whole chic peas (chana) instead of the split chana.

    • welcome rom. you can use soaked whole chickpeas. but grind the chickpea finely and not coarsely.