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Masala vada recipe | Dal vada recipe | Diwali snack recipes

Masala vada recipe, very tasty and signature street food of south India, delicious vada made with gram dal.
Prep Time1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 18
Calories: 79kcal
Author: Harini


  • 1 cup gram dal
  • 1 tablespoon toor dal optional
  • 2 teaspoons rice flour
  • 1 big onion finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mint leaves finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds/saunf/sombu
  • 3 dried red chillies
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 3-4 curry leaves
  • 2 green chillies
  • Small piece of ginger
  • Salt
  • Oil for deep frying


  • Soak gram dal and toor dal (if using) in plenty of water for 45 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • Grind fennel seeds,garlic flakes,ginger,green chiles and dried chilies to a coarse paste (do not add water). Remove to a mixing bowl.
  • Now in the same mixer , add the soaked and dried dal. Pulse it for just 2-3 times, do not add any water, there should whole dal here and there.
  • Take the pulsed dal in the mixing bowl too. Add finely chopped onions, mint leaves, salt and rice flour. Mix well. Do not add water at any point.
  • Heat oil for deep frying. Take one big lemon sized ball from the prepared dal mixture, try shaping a vada, if you feel the mixture is very loose add 2 more teaspoons of rice flour and mix well. Now shape vada from the mixture.
  • Slide the shaped vadas 3-4 at a time (depending on the size of the kadai) and deep fry until golden brown from both sides. Serve masala vada piping hot with coffee or tea. You can also serve this as side dish with bisibelebath.


1. Do not add water for grinding or in the dal mixture at any point.
2. Do not grind the dal smoothly, it should be coarse with few whole dals here and there.


Calories: 79kcal