Dal vada made from Channa dal

Recipe by Mrs.Soujanya Hariprasad of Santa Clara, US

This dal patties are made in every house in South India on most of the festivals.

Ingredients vegetarian 4 servings

    • 1 cup Channa Dal 
    • 6-7 Dry Red chillies
    • 1/2 cup grated Fresh Coconut 
    • a pinch of Asafoetida (hing)
    • 1 tsp Cumin seeds (jeera)
    • 1 sprig Curry leaves
    • 3 tblsp Rice Flour
    • Vegetable Oil for frying
    • Salt to taste 


    1. Soak Dal & Dry Red chillies together for 3 hrs.
    2. Keep a handful of soaked dal aside for later use.
    3. Grind the remaining dal, Red chillies, Coconut, Cumin seeds & Curry leaves together to a coarse paste using as little water as possible.
    4. Remove in a bowl, add Salt, Rice Flour, Asafoetida & the soaked Dal that was kept aside. Mix well.
    5. Heat Oil in a kadai on Medium heat. Make medium sized ball of the Dal mixture & flatten it slightly on your palm. Deep fry till golden brown. Remove on a paper towel. Serve hot with Coconut chutney or Ketchup.
    Note: You can also add Methi leaves & Onion or Mint leaves & Onion for a variation. 



    Hi all. Really hats off to the receipe owner Mrs.Soujanya Hariprasad. This is once again a very good snack to have it with eveining tea. I tell every one to try once. Keep up the good cooking soujanya.