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Masala Vadai (Lentil Dumpling)


  • 1 cup channa dal soaked for 2 hours (Kadala Paruppu or Split Black chickpea)
  • 4 red chillies (Adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves
  • Oil to deep fry


  • Soak channa dal and red chillies for 2 hours.
  • Take the dals and red chillies in a blender along with garlic, fennel seeds and salt
  • Grind coarsely.
  • To the ground dal add onions.
  • Add coriander leaves.
  • Mix well.
  • Take a small portion of the mix.
  • Flatten to form a vadai.
  • Deep fry in hot oil.
  • Vadais are done when they are brown on both sides.

Healthy Alternative

  • A healthy alternative to the deep fried version is to use the kuzhi paniyaram pan. Heat the pan and add 1/4 tsp oil to each groove. Place a small portion of the dal mix in the groove.
  • Flip over after a couple of minutes or so and let the other side cook. Healthy vadai ready.