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Masala Vada | Kadlebelle Vada | Paruppu Vadai Recipe

A spicy crunchy fritter made from chana dal is a popular snack from South India
Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Festivals, Karnataka, South Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Soaking TIme 2 hours
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24 Makes
Calories 87kcal
Author Muktha H S


  • 250 grams Chana Dal
  • 1 no Garlic pod large ( around 22 garlic cloves)
  • 2 inch ginger
  • 3 no Guntur or Kashmiri Red Chilli
  • 3 no Green chillies
  • 6 sprigs Curry leaves
  • 1 inch Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • ¾ Cup Onions Chopped or 2 onions medium size
  • ½ Cup Chopped Dill leaves
  • Cup Coriander Leaves
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Salt or as required
  • Oil for Frying


  • Soak Chana Dal for 2-3 hrs in water, rinse well, drain water and keep it aside.
  • Add chana dal to a blender and make a coarse paste without adding water.
  • In a chutney jar of a mixer, add garlic, ginger,cumin seeds, 4 sprigs curry leaves,2 green chilli, red chillies, cinnamon and cloves. Make a paste as smooth as possible without adding water.
  • Add this masala paste to chana dal and blend it once again,such that it mix well.
  • Take the chana dal mixture in a container, add salt, chopped onions, 2 sprigs of curry leaves chopped, 1 green chilli,chopped coriander leaves and dill leaves.Mix well everything together
  • Whilst in a deep kadai,keep oil for heating. Once it's hot enough. Pinch a small amount of chana dal mixture,shape into vadas and put in hot oil.
  • Fry on medium heat,flip and fry on both sides.
  • Once it turns into nice golden colour,remove from oil and place on kitchen paper towel.
  • Repeat the same procedure of frying for remaining chana dal mixture.
  • Serve hot with a cup of masala chai or filter coffee.



  1. Drain water completely from Chana dal and grind to medium coarse paste . 
  2. If there is water content in the mixture,then it takes more oil . And vada's will be drenched with too much of oil.
  3. If you don't want to add dil leaves or drumstick leaves , then add 1 more extra onion and add  ½ cup coriander leaves .
  4. Add little salt around 1 ¼ teaspoon while mixing and immediately prepare vada's for frying or else it releases water and becomes difficult to make vada's and also it drinks more oil.


Calories: 87kcal