Lentil Fritters Recipe | Chana Dal Vada Recipe | Masala Vada Recipe

Lentil Fritters Recipe | Chana Dal Vada Recipe | Masala VadaRecipe

Split Bengal Gram Fritters –Savory, Crispy & Filling

It’s been few hours you had your lunch and there is still plenty of time before dinner. You end up snacking on unhealthy foods that have no nutritional value; just empty calories. And the next thing you know, you are drowning yourself in guilt for feeding yourself unwholesome food that has been making you gain weight. How many times have we been through this? A lot of times, it seems. But what if I told you there were more snack ideas than you think that are actually healthy? Today I am sharing the recipe of lentil fritters | chana dal vada with a hope to help you expand your snack options.

These lentil fritters | chana dal vada have the wholesomeness of split Bengal gram, amazing flavors of onions and cilantro and crispy texture that leave you wanting for more. These fritters are deep-fried but trust me when I say that they do not absorb a lot of oil. Besides, fats are good for you if you do not go overboard. A snack with protein, lentil fritters present a perfect combination of all the macro-nutrients. Lentil fritters are one of the much-loved snack items on my Indian snack list.

A Good Snack Recipe for Every Occasion – Entertaining Guests, Picnic, Snack for School

It would also prove to be a great addition to your snack tray ideas for guests. You could serve them with green chutney, cilantro mayo or just ketchup. They would taste divine along with some masala chai too. Try this Indian snacks for evening on a weekend and I am sure your family is going to love it. Also, if you are looking for tiffin recipes for school, these lentil fritters should do great because they taste really nice even after cooling down. If you fry them right, they won’t go soggy or bland at all.

How to Make Savory Lentil Fritters

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Crispy lentil fritters - A yummy snacks recipe made from split Bengal gram or chana dal with prominent flavors of coriander and curry leaves.
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Split Bengal gram/Chana dal – 1 cup, soaked for 12 hours in 3 cups of water
  • Onions – 2 medium, finely chopped
  • Green chilies – 3, finely chopped
  • Asafetida/Hing – ⅛ tsp
  • Ginger - 2-inch piece, finely crushed
  • Garlic – 10 cloves, finely crushed
  • Coriander leaves – ½ cup, finely chopped
  • Curry leaves – 10, finely chopped
  • Salt – to taste
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Fennel seeds – 1 tsp
  • Oil – for deep-frying
Instructions
  1. Drain and grind the soaked chana dal without using any water to a slightly coarse mixture.
  2. Take the ground dal in a bowl and add the remaining ingredients to it, except the oil. Mix well.
  3. Heat sufficient oil in a skillet to deep-fry the vadas/fritters. Carefully drop the batter in the hot oil using a teaspoon to make ½-inch sized vadas. Do not overcrowd the skillet.
  4. Fry on low to medium heat. When the underside of the vadas look firm, carefully flip the vadas.
  5. Fry the vadas till they turn golden brown and crunchy, flipping them occasionally. Drain the vadas and remove them onto a paper towel.
  6. Hot chana dal vadas/fritters are ready. Serve hot with green chutney. Enjoy!

Chana Dal Vadas Recipe with Step by Step Pictures Below


Step 1

First of all, chop the onions, green chilies, coriander leaves, and curry leaves. Also, crush the ginger and garlic finely in a mortar and pestle.

preparation for chana dal vada recipe


Step 2

Drain the 1 cup chana dal that had been soaked overnight and put it into a grinder jar.

soaked chana dal in mixer pot


Step 3

Grind it without using any water to a slightly coarse mixture.

grind it without water


Step 4

Take the ground dal in a bowl and add the remaining ingredients to it, except the oil. – 2 medium finely chopped onions, 3 finely chopped green chilies, finely crushed 2-inch piece of ginger, finely crushed 10 cloves of garlic,  1/2 cup finely chopped coriander leaves, 10 finely chopped curry leaves, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp fennel seeds, 1/8 tsp asafoetida, and salt to taste.

adding other ingredients to the ground chana dal


Step 5

Mix well.

mix the chana dal vada mixture


Step 6

Heat sufficient oil in a skillet to deep-fry the vadas/fritters. Carefully drop the batter in the hot oil using a teaspoon to make 1/2-inch sized vadas. Do not overcrowd the skillet.

deep frying the chana dal vada


Step 7

Fry on low to medium heat. When the underside of the vadas look firm, carefully flip the vadas.

flip the vadas to fry evenly on both sides


Step 8

fry the vadas till they turn golden brown and crunchy, flipping them occasionally. Drain the vadas and remove them onto a paper towel.

Chana dal vada after frying


Step 9

Hot chana dal vadas/fritters are ready. Serve hot with green chutney. Enjoy!

Lentil Fritters | Chana Dal Vada Recipe is now ready

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Anay Pathak
    April 15, 2017 at 8:22 am

    i hav cravings 4 these every rainy season! nce recipe

    • Reply
      Monica
      April 17, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Thank you, Anay. Yes, they are the best companion for your evening tea during the monsoon. Do try the recipe and share your experience. 🙂

      • Reply
        Anay Pathak
        June 20, 2017 at 3:48 pm

        mom made your recp n we loved it..thnks monica ji

        • Reply
          Monica
          June 22, 2017 at 2:27 pm

          Hello Anay. I am glad you and your family loved the chana dal vada recipe.

  • Reply
    Tamanna Rajput
    July 19, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    mouthwaterng n easy rcp

    • Reply
      Monica
      July 21, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      thanks

  • Reply
    Arunima Dasgupta
    August 15, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    nice rcp…

  • Reply
    Simran Kalra
    August 29, 2017 at 10:43 am

    nice for rainy season witn chai

  • Reply
    vidisha patel
    August 30, 2017 at 10:53 am

    i make but mine break and stick in oil

    • Reply
      Monica
      August 31, 2017 at 3:35 am

      Hi Vidisha. That’s because your oil was not properly heated. Heat the oil to 180 degrees C and then add the fritters to it. Once they set, flip them and then fry them on low to medium heat.

  • Reply
    Udit K
    January 26, 2018 at 5:38 am

    sooo crunchy..

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