It is a popular evening snack served with hot tea. You can find out these fritters in the glass shelves of small tea shops in Kerala. It is made of lentils and deep fried in oil.The lentil used for this can be split bengal gram (chana dal) or split pigeon peas(tur dal). This crispy and tasty snack is popular across south India.It is also called dal vada or masala vada. I also heard that parippu vada with banana is a great combo, though I haven’t tried it yet.
- Chana dal/split bengal gram – 1 cup
- Onion – 1
- Green chilly – 2
- Ginger – small piece
- Curry leaves – 1 sprig
- Asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon
- Soak chana dal in water for 2 hours. Drain the water completely. Make sure that the water is dried well.
- Crush the drained dal just run it in mixer for a few seconds. Don’t grind it to a smooth paste.
- Add chopped onion,ginger,chilly,curry leaves,asafoetida and salt to the crushed dal and gently mix it together.
- Make small balls with the dal mix. Wet your hands with water and flatten each ball in your palm.
- Heat oil in a deep frying pan, when oil is really hot, reduce the flame and add the vada.
- Fry till the vadas become golden brown. Drain excess oil on a tissue paper and serve hot.