Mix Dal Vada

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If you are a fan of the South Indian style Medu Vada, then you will also like the recipe that I have shared in this post. This is a tasty recipe of Mix Dal Vada that is made with the goodness of both black gram (urad dal) and green gram (moong dal). The preparation is easy and the recipe is also vegan-friendly. Makes for a yummy treat with a side of chai or coffee during rainy monsoon days.

mix dal vada served on a steel plate with coconut chutney and text layover.

About Mix Dal Vada

Vada are basically lentils or cereal based fritters that are deep fried. They are made from a ground batter or mixture of the lentils or cereals. Usually, these are made with lentils or rice.

You can make many vada varieties either from urad dal (black gram) or moong dal (green gram) or chana dal (Bengal gram) or a mix of these lentils. Just like this recipe of Mix Dal Vada that tastes absolutely delicious and awesome.

This Mixed Dal Vada is made with moong dal and urad dal, and are spongy, porous from inside and crisp from outside. These vadas are not only delicious but also protein-rich.

The term vada is used both in South India as well as North India for these fluffy and spongy fritters. You can also call these fritters as urad moong dal vada.

You have the flexibility to control the spiciness by varying the number of green chilies used. For an extra burst of flavor, you can add grated fresh coconut into the vada batter.

To enhance the nutritional value of Mix Dal Vada, consider adding vegetables such as grated carrots or beets or finely chopped spinach.

Apart from this, if you wish to not add the asafoetida (hing) in the recipe of this Mix Dal Vada, you can even do that. Adding the hing just elevates the flavors to another level.

It’s also important to ensure that the oil reaches the right temperature before frying the vadas to achieve a crispy texture.

Serve this Mix Dal Vada with Coconut Chutney or coriander chutney or Mint Chutney.

mix dal vada served on a steel plate with coconut chutney and text layover.
Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Mix Dal Vada

Soak Lentils

1. Add ½ cup husked & split black gram (urad dal) and ½ cup husked & split mung lentils (moong dal) in a big bowl or vessel.

black gram and mung lentils taken in a bowl.

2. Rinse the lentils 2 to 3 times in water.

rinsing lentils.

3. Soak both the lentils in water for 5 to 6 hours or overnight.

soaking both lentils.

4. Drain the water.

lentils drained well.

Make Mixed Lentil Batter

5. Add the soaked lentils, 1 inch peeled & chopped ginger, 1 chopped green chili and 1 pinch asafoetida in a grinder or a sturdy blender.

soaked lentils, chopped ginger, chopped green chili and asafoetida added to grinder jar.

6. Grind or blend to a fine and smooth consistency. Add very little water, about 1 to 3 tablespoons or as needed, while blending or grinding.

The batter should not become watery. It should be thick and finely ground.

ingredients ground to a smooth mixture.

7. Remove the batter in a large bowl or vessel.

With a spoon or wired whisk, stir briskly for a couple of minutes. This stirring or whisking technique helps to aerate the batter and gives a soft and fluffy texture in the vada.

ground batter added in a large bowl.

8. Add ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds, ½ teaspoon crushed black peppercorns, 1 tablespoon chopped curry leaves and 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves to the batter.

cumin seeds, crushed black peppercorns, chopped curry leaves and chopped coriander leaves added to ground lentil paste.

9. Next, add salt as required.

salt added to batter mixture.

10. Mix well.

ingredients mixed well to make mix dal vada batter.

11. If you want, you can add 1 tablespoon fine semolina (sooji or rava) to the batter to make the vadas crispy. Addition of semolina also helps, if the batter has become thin.

semolina added to mix dal vada batter mixture.

12 Stir and mix well. Check the seasonings, to see if the salt is less. Add more salt, if required. Mix the batter well.

semolina mixed well into the mix dal vada batter.

Fry Mix Dal Vada

13. In a deep frying pan or kadai, heat oil. Do a small test, add a small amount of batter. If it gradually and steadily comes on top, then the vadas are ready to be fried.

checking the temperature of hot oil to fry mix dal vada.

14. Drop spoonfuls of the batter in the hot oil. On medium heat, fry the vadas.

frying mix dal vada in hot oil.

15. Fry few vadas at a time depending upon the capacity of the kadai.

frying mix dal vada in hot oil.

16. When one side is lightly crisp and golden, turn the vadas and continue to fry till crisp and golden, turning over with a slotted spoon as needed.

frying mix dal vada in hot oil till crisp and golden.

17. Once the vadas turn crisp and golden, remove them with a slotted spoon.

removing fried mix dal vadas with a slotted spoon.

18. Place them on a kitchen paper towels to remove excess oil.

fried mix dal vadas placed on kitchen paper towel.

19. Similarly, fry the rest of the vadas in batches.

frying more mix dal vadas in hot oil.

20. Serve Mix Dal Vada with tomato ketchup or Green Chutney. You can also serve the vadas with Sambar and coconut chutney.

mix dal vada served on a steel plate with coconut chutney.

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Mix Dal Vada

A tasty recipe of Mix Dal Vada made with the goodness of both black gram (urad dal) and green gram (moong dal), spices and herbs. Makes for a delicious snack with a side of chai or coffee during rainy monsoon days.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 40 minutes
Cuisine Indian
Course Snacks
Diet Vegan
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 3


  • ½ cup urad dal (husked & split black gram)
  • ½ cup moong dal (husked split moong lentils)
  • water as needed to soak lentils
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons water or add as required to grind or blend the lentils
  • 1 inch ginger – peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 green chilli (hari mirch), roughly chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin seed
  • ½ teaspoon peppercorns – crushed, optional
  • 1 tablespoon curry leaves – chopped
  • 1 tablespoon coriander leaves – finely chopped, optional
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • salt as required
  • 1 tablespoon suji – finer textured, (rava or semolina) or add as required, optional
  • oil as needed for deep frying


  • Soak the lentils overnight in enough water overnight or for 5 to 6 hours.
  • Drain all the water and then grind the soaked lentils with ginger, green chilli and asafoetida in a powerful sturdy blender or mixer-grinder.
  • Add very little water while grinding; from 1 tablespoon to 3 tablespoons. Add water part by part and grind or blend the lentil mixture.
  • Grind the lentils to a smooth and fine consistency. The batter should be thick, smooth and fluffy.
  • Transfer the mixed lentils batter in a bowl.
  • Add salt, cumin seeds, crushed peppercorns, curry leaves and coriander leaves to the batter.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of suji or rava (semolina) to the batter. Mix very well.
  • Heat oil in a kadai (wok) on medium heat.
  • When the oil is moderately hot, carefully drop spoonfuls of the batter in the oil.
  • One the vadas looks light golden, turn them over with a slotted spoon and continue to fry.
  • Deep fry the vadas till golden brown and crisp, turning over with the slotted spoon as needed.
  • Remove the vadas with a slotted spoon and place them on paper kitchen towels to remove excess oil.
  • Serve Mix Dal Vada hot with some coconut chutney or green chutney.


  1. The key to get soft urad dal or moong dal vadas is the soaking time. Soaking overnight or soaking at least for 5 to 6 hours helps in making the vadas soft.
  2. Another important factor is grinding. Ensure to grind or blend to a smooth fluffy batter. Add water in intervals when grinding.
  3. In a bowl, stir the vada batter briskly with a spoon for a couple of minutes. This helps to aerate the batter which helps in making the mix dal vada soft, fluffy and light.

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Mix Dal Vada
Amount Per Serving
Calories 378 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Sodium 451mg20%
Potassium 35mg1%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 457IU9%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 0.04mg3%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.04mg2%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 114mg570%
Vitamin B6 0.01mg1%
Vitamin C 201mg244%
Vitamin E 6mg40%
Vitamin K 2µg2%
Calcium 83mg8%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 1168µg292%
Iron 4mg22%
Magnesium 8mg2%
Phosphorus 13mg1%
Zinc 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This Mix Dal Vada recipe from the archives was first published on March 2010. It has been updated and republished on May 2024.

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