Masal vadai is one of the famous snacks/ street food in South India. As the name suggest, it is a blend of lentils, spices and veggies. Masal vadai’s are crispy outside and soft inside.



Channa dal – 1 cup
Onion – 1
Dry red chilli – 1
Green chilli – 1
Garlic – 3 cloves
Fennel seeds- 1 tsp
Curry leaves
Coriander leaves
Salt to taste


STEP 1: Soak channa dal 3-4 hrs and grind with red chilli coarsely without adding water.


STEP 2: Grind fennel seeds, green chilli and garlic with little water and add to the mix.


STEP 3: Add mint, curry leaves, coriander leaves, onions, salt and mix everything.


STEP 4: Heat oil in a pan for deep-frying, take a lemon size mix and gently flatten it with your hands and slowly drop in the oil. Flip to the other side and fry until vadas are golden brown.

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  1. If the mix is watery, add rice flour to thicken it.
  2. You can add chopped spinach, banana flower and other veggies to the mix to make it a healthy option for kids.
  3. Adding garlic and fennel seeds will enhance the flavor.
  4. Grind channa dal coarsely, not to smooth paste.


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