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Monday, April 30, 2012

masala-vada-vadai-recipe
   I rarely make masala vada as I was not confident making these. We, in our families make plain paruppu vadai in which we don’t add garlic, mint leaves or even fennel. Just make it in a different way. So when ever I cross any tea shops, the smell of these masal vadais will hook me. I will keep wondering what could be the factor. Once, one of my grandpa bought a masal vadai in Chidambaram. I loved it a lot. I was very young only around 12 or something, still remembering that vadai. It was as big as our palm size and had lots of onion and veggies too like carrot,peas. Superb vadais.
   Then after I started cooking only made few times,but the paruppu vadai veriosn. I asked one of my friend about the flavourful perfect masala vada recipe. She said, pudina(mint leaves) and crushed garlic and fennel does the magic. So tried few times that way and loved the flavour! So today I made it to blog the recipe. Vj doesn't like fennel so I reserved some batter for him without fennel :)
masal+vada+masala

Masala vada recipe

Indian Snacks
Prep Time: 3 Hours soaking time    |  Cook time: 20 mins    Makes: 20

Ingredients

Channa dal/kadalai paruppu 1 cup
Rice flour/Raw rice 1 tblsp
Onion 1
green chillies 5
Fennel/ soambu 1 tsp
Coriander and mint leaves,chopped each 2 tblsp
Salt as needed
Curry leaves 1 sprig
Ginger 1 inch piece
Garlic 5-6 cloves

Method

  1. Soak channa dal for 3-4 hours. First grind ginger, garlic, chillies and fennel coarsely.1-grind
  2. Then drain channa dal completely and add it in two batches and grind coarsely. Not too smooth not very coarse too. Refer picture. One or two channa dal can be whole.2-dal
  3. Mix finely chopped onion, coriander and mint, salt, rice flour and curry leaves.3-mix
  4. Keep a bowl with water and wet both hands. Make equal sized balls first for uniform sized vadas. Heat oil in kadai meanwhile. Shape each ball to flat patties of medium thickness.4-shape
  5. Deep fry in hot oil until golden in colour,flipping once in between. Always cook in medium flame to ensure even cooking and golden colour. When you drop oil, heat should be high. Simmer after you drop all vadas and cook in medium flame until done. Drain in paper towel.5-fry

Notes

  • If we dont soak for enough time, vada may turn hard and too crisp.
  • Rice flour or sooji is to make crisp. Its optional too. If using rice, soak along with dal.
  • You can also replace ginger and garlic with Ginger garlic paste.
  • Grinding ginger and garlic coarsely adds a kind of flavour.
  • You can even add a 3/4 tsp of garam masala.
  • If you dont like garlic you can omit and add asafoetida 1/4 tsp.
  • No need to add water while grinding.
  • Red chillies can be replaced for green chillies.

     Serve hot with tea/coffee and spicy mint or coconut chutney as side dish for vada …
masalavada

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75 comments:

  1. Crispy and yummy vadai.Its perfect to have with hot tea.

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  2. The magic in making these vada's is all in grinding....one of my fav vadai's...loks perfect, crunchy and yum.....

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  3. Varsha is a great fan of this vadai. Neatly explained and it's quite tempting

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  4. Crispy and yummy, my favourite, my grandpa used to buy 50 nos. of this for me.

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  5. Perfect shape and color..my fav vadai

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  6. My fav with tea raks! Love it!

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  7. Looks so crispy and perfect....I love this so much feel like grabbing that plate..Beautiful clicks!

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  8. Sooo crispy and crunchy vada..

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  9. Yum and crunchy snack. Perfect for evening.

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  10. they look so crunchy and perfect

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  11. Mom used to prepare it this way.love the clicks.

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  12. vadai looks sooo crispy,never add rice flour or rava tthis vadai...next time will try out it...

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  13. I love the crunch & flavor of these vadais...

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  14. super yummy snack....

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  15. wow...
    looks crispy and delicious raji
    lovely clicks as usual :)

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  16. Lovely crisp clicks :) Brilliant snack for a rainy evening!

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  17. Awww... Looks absolutely perfect and inviting.. awesome job dear :)
    Indian Cuisine

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  18. vadai looks so flavourful and yummy

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  19. //Once, one of my grandpa bought a masal vadai in Chidambaram//

    luks like my place is famous for Masal vadai :)...

    Still now making only paruppu vadai, will try your masal vadai.Lovely clicks!!!

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  20. Lovely clicks. I tasted this vadai in one of the tea shops nearby my mom's place , i wud say its the most perfect vadai. I too never tried with mint & fennel becoz of sen :) . this must be gr8.. will make it atleast for myself ;)

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  21. Those vadais make me hungry, as you say, the smell that you get while crossing a vadai shop is simply too good..

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  22. Vada looks so tempting! I was eager to know the recipe after seeing the 'coming up next' pick :) Nice presentation dear..

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  23. These vadais are perfect for the Bangalore weather now. Made to perfection ........ lovely clicks too. Makes me hungry :)

    Cheers,
    Satrupa

    http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

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  24. Crispy and delicious snack..yum

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  25. This is yummy looking. Even I took some time to master making these vadas - they used to split when I dropped them in oil, but I think I finally have got it right. But the addition of mint and fennel is new and should try it the next time and win brownie points at home!

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  26. chidambaram?? raks that is where I am from but settled here now..next time when u go there let me know, will tell my mom to get u the goodies..

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  27. masala vadai looks tempting. We call it ambode in Kannada. I have the same plate got recently from Ikea :)

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  28. wow...so temtping n yummy masala vadai...i use to add fennel seeds but not mint leaves,will try yours sometime :)
    Few weeks back when i was searching for your sambar sadham recipe, i thought that y u didn't post this masala vadai? n recently in Aruna's blog after reading your comment i got the answer :) but today happy to see your perfect masala vadais...too tempting!

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  29. suma dhool :p Love these anyday!

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  30. Delicious vadai,totally different version of masal vadai,sounds gud...will try next this way...love the click raji...amazing:)

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  31. crispy and perfect :) love it

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  32. We a;so use to make in same way, perfectly done dear...Flavorful n crispy n soft vadai!!

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  33. Masal vadai is the best thing to have with tea. My friend gave me a similar recipe and I make it once in a while.

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  34. Lovely masal vadai. Looks very crisp and homey. we do it the same minus the mint. Will add it next time.

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  35. Delicious, I would be happy if that plate just magically traveled to my table:-). Try adding 1/2 Tsp baking soda for crunchy and light masala vadas.

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  36. very nice one.. i can almost smell the aroma.. kalakals :)

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  37. Crunchy and perfect vadais Raks.

    Vardhini
    CooksJoy

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  38. This dish is called "AmboDe" in Karnataka .... loved the recipe

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  39. Super crispy masala vadas,love it.

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  40. Crispy masala vadas,looks tempting...

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  41. nice and crispy vadas. here in banglore its raining and weather is perfect to make masala vadas to enjoy. yummyyyy.

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  42. Last time i had vada like this was when i was wirh my sis, these look super yummy too.

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  43. Love them anytime !! Looks so Super crispy and yummy one !!

    Ongoing event
    CC:Mom's Recipe

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  44. Delicious Vadas, crispy and very tempting!

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  45. My all time favorite one .... way too tempting:)

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  46. You made me crave for these delicious and crunchy vadas now. Looks soooo tempting and superb.

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  47. I add fennel seeds, but never added mint in the masal vadai! Looks yum..perfect for the gloomy weather here! :)

    Raji, try making vadai with "பட்டாணி பருப்பு"..that paruppu will enhance the taste of the vadai, and in the shops they use that paruppu only!

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  48. perfect shape wonderfully made.. love the flavors..

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  49. love how crisp they are... mouth watering

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  50. Looks great... mouth watering!!

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  51. Perfect color, size, shape and ofcourse, clicks!
    Yummy!

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  52. Thank you for this recipe. I'm a non-Indian who recently had my first masala vada. Almost fainted! I like your recipe because you aren't as insistent as some others--you have a list of substitutions, options, etc. I substituted chickpeas for the channa dal. (Yes, I know it's the same thing. My attempt at a joke.) Anyhow, they turned out great. I love your blog.

    Mike in Chicago

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  53. Thank you all, thanks Mike!

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  54. HAPPY FRIENDSHIP DAY raks... ur vada rocks.. today this is the spl dish with payasam for friendship day. its nice. thanq.

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  55. Hi there, the vadai came out great taste-wise, but you know they are kinda soft and not crisp. What should I do to get them to be crisp even after cooling down?

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  56. Cook in medium flame for long time, that makes vada get crispier, also you can try adding a tblsp of rice flour to the batter. Don't add more water than required. The vada should be stiff while you are shaping it. Hope this helps!

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  57. I am learning cooking for the past 2 weeks. Today I tried Masal vadai by exactly following the instructions given in the post with the only change I used Yellow Split Peas (Peas Dhal/Pattani Paruppu) instead of Kadalai Paruppu. I must say It is Very Delicious as prepared in shops and got kudos from my wife, kid and in-laws. The taste remains in the tongue even after hrs. Thank you so much for the wonderful post!!! You made my day :)

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  58. Great recipe. Simple and quick. Tried it out today and it turned out to be amazing. Will definitely try the garam masala and LG options the next time.

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  59. you can also add some dill leaves( sapsige in kannada & Soya kura in telugu) to the recipe while mixing the grounded portion it also gives a wonderful taste

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  60. perfect n delicious . i also wanted to add a point here - we can also use chopped dill leaves to the vada mix it also gives a lovely flavour n taste.

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  61. Tried this recipe. Very yummy especially the mint adds lot of freshness on every bite. Adding garam masala is a nice twist.

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  62. Tried this recipe. Very yummy especially the mint adds lot of freshness on every bite. Adding garam masala is a nice twist.

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  63. Looks tasty ! I will try. Thanks

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  64. All your recipes are well presented.

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  65. Made these today. They were goood. Thanx for the masala recipe

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  66. Looks great. How much does one cup measure upto - 200gms?

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    1. One cup of each ingredient differs. I used a 240 ml measuring cup

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