Dal Vada Recipe (Indian Lentil Fritters) V+GF

Dal Vada Recipe (Indian Lentil Fritters): easy and spicy Indian lentil fritters made using a mix of lentils, spices, and onion. They make a perfect anytime snack and are usually served with hot cup of tea/coffee. Learn all about dal vada, ingredients and how it is made. These are vegan and gluten-free.     Dal Vada Recipe - Indian Lentil Fritters - Chana Dal Vada

Dal Vada Recipe (Indian Lentil Fritters)

There are some days when all you want to eat is lots of snacks instead of your regular everyday meal….. and in India, every state offers their own version of snacks depending on climate/availability of ingredients/likeness/etc.

And then there are some snacks which may originate from a particular state but are so famous that they are available all over India.

Most of the snacks are deep fried and spicy/sweet. how to make dal vada recipe with lentilsSo this happened to be one of those MUNCHING days for me and I was in a lot of confusion about what to make ?????

Finally, decided upon Dal Vada (Indian Lentil Fritters), which I had originally consumed during my trip to Gujarat, India (Western Region).

One of a prominent feature of snacks in this region is the usage of Besan (Gram Flour) or Chana Dal (Split Bengal Gram).

Then you add chilies & spices which result into a variety of soft to hard, light to heavy snacks. Dal Vada Recipe are lentil frittersComing back to Dal Vada , it is made using Chana Dal (Split Bengal Gram) and then deep fried which results in a slightly heavier snack for our tummy.

Although I can’t omit deep frying it, however, I’m adding a part of Moon Dal (Split Yellow Lentil) to make it slightly lighter. (You can omit Moong Dal as per your choice)

Hope you ENJOY it as much as I did 🙂 

indian lentil fritters recipe

Serves: 4

Serving Suggestion:

Served as an appetizer along with a choice of chutney.

 Topped with a radish-cilantro mix.

 

Tools: 

 
1 Medium nonstick wok
1 Medium Pot
Electric Grinder
2 Medium Spoon
Serving Dish covered with paper towel.
 

Ingredients for Dal Vada Recipe:

 
1 Cup Split Bengal Gram
¼ Cup Split Green Gram
½ Cup Diced Onion
3 Green Chili – Deseeded and thinly chopped
¼ Cup Coriander Leaves – Thinly Chopped
1 Tsp Ginger Paste
2 Tsp Lemon Juice
2 Cups Water
½ Cup Oil – For Deep Frying
 

Spices:

1 Pinch Asafetida (Hing)

2 Tsp Cumin Powder

1 Tsp Red Chili Powder

2 Tsp Salt – (Use as per taste)

 

Radish – Cilantro Mix (Topping – Optional)

1/2 Radish – shredded
1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro Leaves – chopped
1 Large Green Chili – thinly chopped
 
dal vada recipe

How to Make Dal Vada Recipe (Indian Lentil Fritters):

 

Method:

  1. In a medium pot, soak split Bengal gram and split green gram with 2 cups of water for 2 hrs.
  2. Drain water and using an electric grinder, grind the soaked dal mixture to a thick coarse mixture (ground enough to form a lumpy dough) using little water.
  3. To this mixture, add onion, cabbage, green chili, coriander leaves, ginger paste, lemon juice, spice mix and evenly mix everything.
  4. Heat oil in a nonstick wok on medium flames for frying.
 
Now there are 2 ways of shaping the mixture: (I’m using Method 1)
 

Method 1:


You may pour the ground mixture into hot oil using spoons a
t a time.
A medium wok can accommodate 6-7 spoon full of fritters.

——–

Method 2:

  1. Wet your hand using little water, take a small amount of ground mixture, shape it into a dumpling and drop it carefully into the hot oil for frying. At a time, a medium wok can accommodate 5-6 dumpling shaped fritters.
  2. Scoop a spoonful of the mixture (remove all the extra mixture on the edges of the spoon, giving it a spoon shape) and pour into hot oil using the other spoon. Cook for 1min and turn on the other
    side.
  3. Cook fritters/vada on medium heat till both sides become golden brown, remove on a paper towel to get rid of any excess oil.
  4. Before serving, remove the paper towel, Serve Fritters/Vada Hot.
 

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Dal Vada Recipe (Indian Lentil Fritters)

Dal Vada Recipe (Indian Lentil Fritters)

Dal Vada Recipe (Indian Lentil Fritters): easy and spicy Indian lentil fritters made using a mix of lentils, spices, and onion. Perfect anytime snack, served with a hot cup of tea/coffee. They are vegan and gluten-free.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Split Bengal Gram (Chana Dal)
  • ¼ Cup Split Yellow Moong Dal (Moong Dhuli Dal)
  • ½ Cup Diced Onion
  • 3 Green Chili – deseeded and thinly chopped
  • ¼ Cup Coriander Leaves – thinly chopped
  • 1 Tsp Ginger Paste
  • 2 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 Cups Water
  • ½ Cup Oil - For Deep Frying
  •  

Spice Mix:

  • 1 Pinch Asafetida (Hing) - optional
  • 2 Tsp Cumin Powder (Zeera Powder)
  • 1 Tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 2 Tsp Salt – (Use as per taste)

Radish - Cilantro Mix (Topping - Optional)

  • 1/2 Radish - shredded
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro Leaves - chopped
  • 1 Large Green Chili - thinly chopped

Instructions

Dal Vada Recipe Batter:

  1. In a medium pot soak both the lentils (dal) with 2 cups of water for a minimum of 2 hrs.
  2. Drain water and using an electric grinder, grind the soaked dal mixture to a thick coarse mixture (ground enough to form lumpy dough) using little water.
  3. To this mixture, add onion, cabbage, green chili, coriander leaves, ginger paste.
  4. Now, add lemon juice, spice mix and evenly mix everything.


Make the Dal Vada Recipe:

  1. Heat oil in a nonstick wok on medium flames for frying.
  2. Scoop a spoonful of mixture (remove all the extra mixture on the edges of the spoon).
  3. Pour the scooped mix into hot oil.
  4. Similarly, pour 6-7 more such spoonful of fritter batter (or as many as your wok can accommodate).
  5. Cook the fritters on each side for 1 minute and then turn.
  6. Cook fritters/vada on medium heat till both sides become golden brown.
  7. Once cooked, transfer the fried fritters/dal vada on paper towel to get rid of any excess oil.
  8. Serve the Fritters/Vada Hot with Fav chutney and topped with radish-cilantro mix on top

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

4

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 15mg Sodium: 534mg Carbohydrates: 6g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Protein: 6g

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Dal Vada Recipe

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