Masala Vadas, South Indian Masala Vadas, Vadai Recipe

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Come to South India, especially Tamil Nadu, and you cannot miss the appetizing aroma of Masala Vadas being fried at tea stalls in almost every street corner! Masala Vada is an all-time favourite evening snack across Tamil Nadu. It is enjoyed hot with coconut chutney and a cup of tea or coffee.

You will have no difficulty in getting it, because it is available in every tea stall, most bakeries and restaurants too. However, there is nothing like homemade Masala Vada, made with chana dal, fennel seeds, onions and other readily available ingredients like curry leaves and green chillies. Prepare it on a weekend, and you will find the whole family flocking around the stove for more of these hot and spicy vadas.

Serve with Coconut Chutney or Tomato Chutney .

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Masala Vadas, South Indian Masala Vadas, Vadai Recipe recipe - How to make Masala Vadas, South Indian Masala Vadas, Vadai Recipe

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  1. Soak the chana dal in enough water in a deep bowl and keep aside for 2 hours. Drain and keep aside.
  2. Remove ¼ cup of soaked and drained chana dal in a bowl and keep aside.
  3. Blend the remaining chana dal, fennel seeds and kashmiri dry red chillies in a mixer to a coarse mixture without using any water.
  4. Transfer the mixture into a deep bowl, add all the remaining ingredients, including the soaked and drained chana dal and mix well.
  5. Divide the mixture into 16 equal portions and shape each portion into 50 mm. (2”) diameter round flat vada.
  6. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick kadhai and deep-fry, a few vadas at a time on a medium flame, till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides. Drain on an absorbent paper.
  7. Serve immediately with coconut chutney.

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Masala Vadas, South Indian Masala Vadas, Vadai Recipe
 on 06 Jul 16 07:36 PM

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Tarla Dalal    Hi Raguwaran , we are delighted you loved the Masala Vadas recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
07 Jul 16 09:47 AM
Masala Vadas, South Indian Masala Vadas, Vadai Recipe
 on 02 Apr 16 03:04 PM

Very taste recipe...I make it very often and add palak and small quantity of cabbage to enhance the the quality and health content of the food
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Dalesh, We are very happy to loved the recipe. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed htem. Happy Cooking !!
02 Apr 16 03:09 PM
Masala Vadas, South Indian Masala Vadas, Vadai Recipe
 on 22 Mar 16 04:32 PM

Masala vada.. a flavourful mix of all the spices.. And crispy from outside.. perfect snack with hot cup of tea..