South indian chana dal vada recipe | Masala vada recipe

A popular South Indian tea time snack and a street food made using chana dal i.e skinned split bengal gram . Masala meaning a mixture of spices are added to the coarsely ground chana dal mixture to make these crispy and flavorful vada. If you are looking for a street style masala vada, then this recipe may be for you. Absolutely flavorful, delicious and crunchy!


  • Chana dal – 1 cup
  • Rice flour – 1 tbsp
  • Cooked & mashed potatoes – 1 cup
  • Fennel seeds – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Mango powder – 1 tsp
  • Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida (hing) – 1/4 tsp
  • Ginger paste – 1 tsp
  • Chopped green chillies – 2 tsp
  • Chopped coriander leaves – 1/4 cup
  • Salt
  • Oil for deep fry


  • soak Chana dal for 4 hours.
  • grind the Chana dal coarsely without adding water and take it in a bowl.
  • add mashed potatoes, rice flour, fennel seeds, salt, mango powder, pepper powder, hing, ginger paste, green chillies, coriander leaves and mix well.
  • take a little of the mixture, make a small ball and flatten it to the shape of vada.
  • deep fry these in the Pre-heated oil till golden brown.

Serve with coconut chutney. A good snack with tea or coffee!