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Masala Vada – Spicy Lentil Dumplings


I was wondering what to cook on saturday because I felt like eating some spicy snack with hot tea. I soaked some chana dal to make some urundai kozhambhu but suddenly I remebered this uber-popular South Indian that goes great with tea – Masala vada.

Masala vadai is a staple food in all breakfast menu as well in a lot of festival platters. It is even more popular as street food and is usually available in any street corner tea shop.

Having Masala vada with hot tea on a rainy day is pure bliss.


  • Oil : 2 cups ( for deep fry)
  • Chana dal/Black gram dal : 11/2 cup
  • Dry red chilies : 7-8 (according to your spice level)
  • Urda dal : 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds : 2 tsp
  • Garlic : 3-4
  • Onion : 1 1/2 cups (Finely chopped)
  • Mint Leaves : 4 tbsp(Finely chopped)
  • Curry Leaves : 5-6 ( chopped)
  • Coriander leaves : 2 tbsp (Finely chopped)
  • salt : to taste


Method Of Preparation :

  1. Soak chana dal, urad dal, red chilies for 2-3 hrs (soak urad dal separately).
  2. After that drain the dals and take 2 tbsp of soaked chana dal separately.
  3. Now grind the remaining mixture (chana dal, urad dal, red chilies, garlic, cumin seeds ) together.
  4. When you grind them make sure it’s coarse paste not smooth ( you should see some  broken chana dal in the paste).
  5. Now mix it with whole chana dal  ( that you put aside), chopped onion, mint leaves, coriander leaves , curry leaves and salt.
  6. Make  small patties out of the mixture.
  7. And deep fry them ( make sure it’s not turning  dark brown) .
  8. Serve it hot with masala tea. 🙂



  1. Masala vada looks amazing, wonderful breakfast or tea-time snack..

  2. Awesome them at any crisp and yumm

  3. hey this looks so delicious..totally scrumptious..

  4. looks awesome!

  5. Just Wow!! I am making these for snack this evening! So tempting!

  6. So tempting masal vadas!!

  7. Shirya,

    masala vadas looks really good and perfect.

  8. wow thats a very beautiful click shriya,very tempting and done it to perfection…

  9. Wow…these look very delicious…full of wholesome goodness! I like it. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog and the nice comment. The masala vadas looks very crispy and tasty. Lovely clicks 🙂

  11. WOW I love these lentil patties…just finger-lickingly delicious!

  12. oh my,those look AMAZING!

  13. perfect snack for weekends to have with tea

  14. masala vadas looks really good

  15. Thank you guys for the sweet comments !

  16. I had vadas for the first time last week when I dined at an Indian restaurant here with a fellow blogger who was visiting and they were pretty good. I’ve bookmarked your recipe to try. Yours looks much more attractive 🙂

  17. I have a favour to ask of you…..
    No matter how many times I try, my tea always comes out bad. I do not know how to make a good cup of indian style tea. Please post regular tea, and masala tea recipe including brand of tea you like. How much tea, milk water per cup. I do not know where i am going wrong.Please do not skip the basics as my cuppa is really suffering. All these fried snacks are awesome but without a good cup of tea is such a let down. Please help me!!!Puuulleeezzze!

    • Hi Leena, I usually bought tea powder(Red label Tea powder) from Indian Store. boil 11/2 tbsp of tea powder with 2 cups of milk, 1/4 tsp of crushed ginger and 2 crushed cardamom. Bring to boil. Let it sit in medium heat for 10 minutes until you get the dark color. Now filter the tea add some sugar. This is how I make tea and it tastes really good. Try it and lemme know.

  18. Thank you for sharing with us, I conceive this website genuinely stands out 😉

  19. wooooow nice masala vada


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