Chana Dal Vada

As the weather is getting chilly day by day…. Therefore, I have posted this mouth watering snack for a lazy Sunday. Enjoy this crispy and crunchy vada on a rainy day with a cup of masala tea. This is a popular evening snack eaten in Kerala… You will find these vadas  in every tea shop. Serve these delicious vadas with fresh mint or coriander chutney.

Cooking Time: 30 Mins

Serves              : 6


  • Salt
  • Oil (deep frying)
  • 300 gms of Chana Dal
  • 3 tbsp Coriander Leaves (chopped)
  • 3 Onions (chopped)
  • 20 Green Chillies (chopped)
  • 2 tsp of Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 1\2 tsp Ginger paste
  • 1 1\2 tsp Garlic Paste
  • 1 1\2 tsp Cumin Seeds (Jeera)


  • Soak the Chana dal in water for 3-4 hours.
  • Combine green chillies in a paste.
  • Blend the dal into a smooth paste without adding up water.
  • Combine green chillies, garlic-ginger paste, onions, coriander leaves, red chilli powder, cumin seeds and salt.
  • Take a portion of batter over your palm.
  • Flatten the batter, and shape the vadas with your hands.
  • Gently, place the vadas over a medium flame.
  • Fry till both sides are golden brown.

My tip

  • You can also use tuvar dal instead of chana dal.