How to make Masala Vada like the ones you get in street food shops?
Recipe for Masala Vada (Also called as Paruppu Vadai in Tamil or Dal Vada) – This South Indian snack is one of the popular street food dishes in most of South India. You’ll usually find tiny shops making Masala Vadas along with a host of other fried snacks like Bajjis and Bondas. It is also the perfect snack to pep up a dull evening along with a hot cup of Coffee or Chai.
Different names of Masala Vada
In North India it is not so common but they are referred to as Chana Dal Vada. It is particularly popular in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. In Tamil it is known as Paruppu Vadai (Paruppu – Dal, Vadai – Vada). And in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana it is simply called Masala Vada. The name is because of the simple Masala that is used to prepare this yummy snack.
Masala Vada or Paruppu Vada is also made during festivals such as Deepavali, Pongal, Ganesh Chaturthi to name a few. It is made along with a huge menu of other South Indian dishes. You’ll also find Masala Vada being served in wedding dinners or lunches.
Among all the snacks that there is, Masala Vada is our favorite. My childhood memory is my dad getting these hot Dal Vadas from the streetside shop, just in time for evening tea. It has stood the test of time and it is still a favorite in our household.
How does Masala Vada taste?
What makes Paruppu Vadai so delicious is not just it’s taste but it’s texture and size as well. Masala Vada is crunchy and crispy on the outside – once bite and you can feel the crispy outer creating a variety of tastes in the mouth. Chana Dal is the queen (or king) of this Vada – one bite and you can feel the fried crispy Dal blending in with the rest of the Vada. The tender interior just enhances the overall flavor.
Is Dal Vada kid-friendly?
Also because Masala Vada is light (on the stomach, not on calories), you’ll see it disappear in minutes. Paruppu Vadai is a kid-friendly and toddler-friendly recipe – Kids will absolutely love this. However, make sure that you monitor how much they eat because like any deep fried dish avoid serving them no more than 2-3. Also too much of Dal can also upset the tummy of kids so proceed with caution here.
When to serve Masala Vada?
It is also something that we serve when guests come over. It is a great starter dish that can lead on to a sumptuous Lunch or Dinner menu. Masala Vada can also be served as a side-dish with any rice-based dish. Like we noted earlier, South Indian restaurant lunch menus serve Paruppu Vadai as a side-dish. It goes really well with Rice/Rasam or Rice/Sambar. We’ve also enjoyed the flavor boost it gives to Curd Rice. As you can see Masala Vada is very versatile 🙂
Side-dishes for Paruppu Vada
Though many websites would recommend Chutneys or Ketchup as side-dishes we recommend that you eat the Masala Vada without any accompaniments. This is to relish the beautiful texture and flavor of Vada without any disturbance from a side-dish. Pair it with Masala Chai or hot Coffee.
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See step-by-step recipe below for Masala Vada and let us know how it turned out for you.
Masala Vada Recipe
- 1 cup Chana Dal
- 2 nos onion finely chopped
- 3 tablespoon corinader leaves finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons Curry Leaves finely chopped
- 6 nos garlic
- 1 inch ginger
- 1 teaspoon saunf
- 3 nos green chillies
- salt as required
- oil for frying
How to make:
- Soak the chana dal for 2 hours in water.
- Add onion, coriander leaves and curry leaves in a mixing bowl.
- In a mixer, add ginger, garlic, saunf and green chillies.
- Grind it for ten seconds.
- Add the ground mixture in the mixing bowl.
- Take half of the soaked dal and add it into the mixer. Dont add water.
- Grind for 10 seconds and should not grind finely.
- Add the ground mixture to the mixing bowl. Don't add water.
- Next half portion of the soaked dal also grind it in the same way, and add to the mixing bowl.
- Add the required salt to it.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Add one small ball of the small and make it to flatten in the hand. Dont take any water to make a ball.
- Heat the oil in the kadai and add the vada dough into it.
- Add one by one vada dough to the oil slowly. Try to keep maximum four in the kadai. Fry it in the medium flame.
- Fry it on both sides and it should be light brown in color.
- Yummy vada is ready to serve with tea.