How to Make Masala Vada / Dal Vada - Recipe on FirstCry Parenting

Masala Vada / Dal Vada

Masala vada, also known as dal vada, is a famous south Indian snack has become so popular that it has now become the favourite of people across the nation. This crispy, spicy snack can be prepared as a tea time snack for your family. Here is the recipe, with all its trick that makes for a delicious and spicy masala vada.
Serves Preparation Time Cooking Time
20 People 3-4 Hours
15-20 Minutes


  • 1 cup chana dal
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 – 2 garlic cloves (optional)
  • 2 – 3 green chillies
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp mint leaves (optional)
  • Few curry leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying


Step 1

Soak chana dal in water for 3 – 4 hrs.

Step 2

Drain the water and keep aside 1 – 2 tbsp of chana dal. Grind the remaining chana dal with green chilli, red chilli and fennel seeds.

Step 3

Grind it to form neither too smooth nor too coarse paste.

Step 4

Transfer the ground chana dal into a bowl. Add all the remaining ingredients along with the chana dal that was set aside. Add enough salt to taste. Mix the ingredients thoroughly.

Step 5

Heat oil in a deep bottom pan for frying. Make small portions of the mixture. Shape it into a ball and flatten it. Keep applying a little water to your palm while doing so.

Step 6

Gently put the vadas into the oil and deep fry on both the sides. Fry it until it turns golden brown. Transfer these vadas onto a tissue paper to absorb excess of oil.

Step 7

Crispy masala vadas are ready. Serve hot with tomato ketchup.

Nutritional Information

Calories 131 K cal
Proteins 2.2 g
Fat 10.6 g
Carbohydrates 6.9 g
0 mg
Sodium 16 mg
19 mg
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