Masala Vada/ Lentil Fritters


  • 1 cup Channa dal/ Split Bengal Gram
  • 1/4 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1  large Onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Rice flour
  • 1/2 inch Ginger (finely chopped)
  • 1 Green chilli (finely chopped)
  • 1 sprig of Curry leaves
  • 2 tbsps Corriander leaves (finely chopped)
  • A pinch of Asafetida
  • Salt to taste


  1. Wash the dal and soak it in enough water for 3-4 hours.
  2. Drain away the water and coarsely grind the soaked channa dal. Transfer this mixture to a bowl.
  3. Add in the chopped onions, green chilli, curry leaves, coriander leaves, ginger, fennel seeds, asafetida and salt to taste. Mix all the ingredients together.
  4. Make equal lemon sized balls of the mixture, and pat then on your palm to form a circle of medium thickness.
  5. Heat oil in a pan and deep fry them till golden brown, turning over both sides. Drain it onto a tissue paper. Serve with your favourite chutney and some hot tea.

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