Vada is a traditional South Indian fritter made using different dals (lentils). Today i have used three different dals’, but the star ingredient is the nutritious Green Moong dal. Green Moong dal is combined with green chilly, cumin, onion, coconut and coriander and deep fried to give you a perfect crisp savory fritter. Its a very popular street food and is equally popular during festivals and gatherings. Enjoy these vada’s as a perfect evening snack with a cup of hot coffee or tea.
Green Moong dal- 1 cup
- Chana dal- one handful
- Yellow moong dal- one handful
- Green chilly- 3 to 5
- Ginger – 1/2 inch piece
- Small Red onion- 1 finely chopped
- Cumin seed- 1/4 th tsp
- Dry or fresh coconut- 2 tbsps
- Finely chopped coriander leaves- 1 tbsp
- Salt to taste and
- Oil for deep frying
Soak the green moong dal over night or at least five to six hours.
- Soak the Chana dal and yellow moong dal for two hours.
- Drain all the dals and put them in a food processor. Make sure there is absolutely no water in the dal.
- Add the rest of the ingredients – cumin seeds, green chilly,ginger, coconut and coriander leaves.
- Pulse it to get a coarse texture.
- Remove and add the chopped onion and salt. Mix well.
- Mean while heat oil in a deep skillet to fry the vadas.
- Take a golf ball size of the dal mixture and sligthly flatten them.
- Deep fry the vada’s about 4 to 5 vadas per batch in medium heat till golden brown.
- Repeat with the rest of the mixture.
- Enjoy the crispy warm vada with a cup of hot coffee or tea.
Add the salt right before frying the vada’s, if not the the dal mixture will release water and the vada’s wll not be crispy.
Check out my Masala vada recipe here