Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Masala Vada/ Chana Dal Vada/ Chattambade

Masala Vada/ Chana Dal Vada/ Chattambade, snack
Masala Vada/ Chana Dal Vada/ Chattambade

Childhood memories are these hot vada and tea and rains! Added to Ajji or Grandmother admonishing us,” enough now! You will get a stomach-ache if you eat any more of these.”  Why she made them as snack when it rained I don’t know...

Else it used to be traditional meal served on the banana leaf when there were too many attractions to concentrate only on these beauties. Either way we hardly ate any...

Coming to Dal or pulses that we eat ...

Dal is a dried pulse (lentil, pea or various types of bean) which has been split.

Dal goes by various names called bele in Kannada and pappu, paripu or paruppu in Telugu and Tamil, daal in Marathi. Dal is a ready source of proteins for a balanced diet containing little or no meat.

To make the dal usually the outer hull is usually stripped off; dal that has not been hulled is described as chilka (skin), e.g. chilka urad dal, mung dal chilka.

The variety of dal we have are numerous we have chana dal, urid dal, toor dal, moong dal, masoor dal to name a few common ones…   

Masala Vada/ Chana Dal Vada/ Chattambade

Making time: 20 minutes (excluding soaking time)
Makes: 15 vadas (approx.)
  • 1 cup yellow gram (chana) dal
  •  ½ cup coriander finely chopped
  • 1 spring curry leaves
  • 3-4 green chillies finely chopped
  • Oil to deep fry

  • Wash and soak dal for 3-4 hours.
  • Keep 2 tbsp. dal aside, grind the rest, coarsely.
  • Mix all other ingredients, including whole dal.
  • Add 2-3 tbsp. hot oil to the mixture.
  • Heat oil;
  • Make small balls and flatten to with moist palm.
  • Let carefully into the hot oil.
  • Fry first one side then the other till golden brown.
  • Serve hot with green chutney, tamarind chutney, or ketchup.
Masala Vada/ Chana Dal Vada/ Chattambade, snack
Masala Vada/ Chana Dal Vada/ Chattambade

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  1. Crisp looking vadas Archana my favorite snack..

  2. Our favorite, i add a handful of almonds to the dal,to make it more crispy and crunchy!!!

    1. That's very interesting Priya ... Addition of almonds .. Let me try next time

  3. Delicious. Of course this is one of the childhood memories for all of us.

  4. Vadas look crispy and it is amazing how many of these vadas we can munch on, without even realizing.

  5. These are so popular as a afternoon snack. The associated memories make it even better.

  6. Thanks for reminding, haven't made these in ages. Look so good.

  7. These masala vadas are all time favorite...good that you made them..

  8. my hubby's favorite vada..looks soo delicious...

  9. Rains and fried snacks are match made in heaven! Good one Archana...

  10. Childhood memories are so precious :)) my grandmom used to make these in batches and keep one portion Away for me . When I was back from school , she used to specially re-fry these again and they used to be hot and heavenly ......

  11. Very tempting crispy vadas, i can have them anytime.

  12. some episodes cannot be erased from our brains and especially the ones from childhood , that involes grandparents and food :) this is nice and simple recipe

  13. Love eating masala vadai! Such a simple yet very flavorful recipe.

  14. Love these chana dal vadas. My mom used to make them for parties.

  15. Lovely vadas. Welcome anytime.

  16. They are perfectly fried very addicitve.


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