ShareMasala Vada is a  snack sold very frequently in Railway Platforms down south India.
As a kid, travelling many times by train I have seen and enjoyed this snack by sight and never really tasted it. We were never allowed to eat anything sold on the platforms. I can only vouch it tastes excellent by the attention this attracts, the moment it is brought through the platform. The aroma wading through the platform, the vendor bustling around the crowd, to get his stuff sold, the kids forcing their parents to buy them Masala Vada is sure a sight to watch.
I was reminded of all these when we made this at home. Masala Vada is very famous at my home. It disappears the moment it makes a presence. Well, I normally don't count how many I eat, being a typical lover of this. It is said Masala Vada goes with Chai, but I enjoy my vadas with Coffee! Yes, take a bite of vada and gulp a mouthful of coffee, nothing to beats this.

Serves : 15 medium sized Vadas
  • Bengal Gram / Channa Dal - 1 cup
  • Chopped Onion - 1 big
  • Green Chillis - 4nos
  • Finely chopped Ginger - 1/2" (optional)
  • Coriander leaves - as desired
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped Curry leaves- 2 strings
  • Oil for deep frying
Wash and soak channa dal for min 3 hrs.Reserve 2 tbsp of Channa dal and  grind the rest with Chillies coarsely without adding water.
Mix the whole channa dal to the coarsely ground dal.
Add chopped Onions, coriander and Ginger. Mix this with the dal to form a good mixture.
Heat Oil in a pan. Divide the dal mix into small lemon sized balls, flatten them into small patties, either using your palm or using a wet plastic cover.
If you like your vadas really crisp,flatten them well.If you wish softer vadas,keep them a little thick
Once the oil is hot, deep fry a few at a time on medium flame until its golden brown.
On pretext of sampling, I normally eat one or two, while frying them. Rest I either serve as such or else with Coconut Chutney. But even on its own Masala Vada is amazing.
Enjoy this snack anytime,anyday!

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    Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

    They look very very crispy :)

  1. ... on April 25, 2010 at 8:43 AM  
  2. Ms.Chitchat said...

    Wow, such crunchy crispy vadas. Crave for some now. Might make some today:):)Clicks are too good.

  3. ... on April 25, 2010 at 9:18 AM  
  4. Hari Chandana said...

    Wowwwwwwww.. what a tempting click !??.. looks soo delicious in ur click.. nice presentation.. gr8 job!!

  5. ... on April 25, 2010 at 12:45 PM  
  6. said...

    These vadais are cooked to perfection look devine and so scrumpticious.

  7. ... on April 25, 2010 at 1:45 PM  
  8. Pavithra Srihari said...

    Thats a crispy masala vada .. beautiful click

  9. ... on April 25, 2010 at 3:08 PM  
  10. Priya said...

    Yumm!!crispy vadas makes me hungry..

  11. ... on April 25, 2010 at 4:02 PM  
  12. divya said...

    yummy.. crispy vadas ....nice click.

  13. ... on April 25, 2010 at 10:11 PM  
  14. Kirsten said...

    "We were never allowed to eat anything sold on the platforms."

    I know how you feel. I was never allowed to eat anything sold on the streets too. I always tried to replicate the food at home but there is a certain difference.

  15. ... on May 20, 2011 at 11:35 PM  
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