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Masala Vadai
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Masala Vadai Tea Kadai Style

Masala vadai is a popular snack of South india made with channa dal. They work well with filter coffee or a cup of tea. It can also be a good appetizer.
Prep Time2 hrs 10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 40 mins
Course: holiday recipes, Lunch Recipes, Snacks
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 20 pieces
Calories: 43kcal


  • Blender


  • 1 cup Kadalai paruppu/channa dal
  • 2 tbsp Thuvaram paruppu/ toor dal
  • 1 tbsp Rice flour
  • 2 Green chilies
  • 2 Red chilies
  • 15 leaves Mint leaves
  • 4 stems Cilantro
  • 1 Ginger
  • 3 Garlic
  • 1 tsp Sombu/fennel seeds
  • 1 Onion chopped finely
  • Salt
  • Oil


  • Wash and soak the kadalai paruppu and thuvaram paruppu for couple of hours. Then drain them in a colander and keep aside.
  • Meanwhile, grind the fennel seeds, ginger, garlic, mint leaves, cilantro, green chilies and red chilies into a paste.
  • Now add the soaked and drained dals to the mixer and grind it coarsely without adding any water. If the mixer seems to be getting stuck, add couple of teaspoons of water and then grind. Make sure that you grind the batter coarsely and not fine. It is absolutely fine to have few pieces of dals left whole. Also add salt when grinding.
  • After grinding leave the batter in the refrigerator for at least half an hour. This step helps to not soak up lots of oil when deep frying.
  • In the meantime, chop the onions finely and add this to the chilled vadai batter. Also add the rice flour and mix everything well.
  • Heat oil in a kadai. Take a handful of batter in your hand and make a ball out of it.
  • Now flatten the ball using your palm and then drop this into hot oil.
  • Fry the vadais on both sides until golden brown and then drain them out on paper towels. Note that these vadais are usually a bit on the darker side.
  • Serve with steaming hot coffee and enjoy the spiciness with every sip of the coffee.


Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 56IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg