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Chattambade recipe | masala vada | dala vada

Crisp fried fritters made with chana dal/ bengal gram, herbs and spice. A famous tea time snack of India.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Keyword easy, recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Soaking time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Author chaitra


  • 2 cups bengal gram/ chana dal/ kadale bele
  • 3 green chillies finely chopped
  • 10 curry leaves chopped
  • 1/2 inch ginger finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp coriander leaves chopped
  • pinch of asafoetida
  • salt to taste
  • cooking oil for deep frying


  • Wash and rinse chana dal, couple of times with clean water. Soak 2 cups of chana dal with 4 cups of water for 2 hrs.
  • Drain completely and transfer chana dal to blender/ grinder. Grind it to coarse paste.
  • Transfer the ground coarse paste to a mixing bowl. To this add chopped green chillies, curry leaves, coriander leaves, ginger, salt and asafoetida. Mix well.
  • Now take a small lime sized ball of chana dal mixture. in your palm and flatten them to circular patty. Similarly do it for the remaining mixture just before frying them.
  • Heat the oil in medium flame. Once oil is hot enough deep fry these patties.
  • Fry till both sides turn golden brown.
  • Once done, remove them to the plate with kitchen towel, to soak excess oil.
  • Serve them hot with a cup of hot tea or coffee.


  1.  While grinding chana dal, do not grind it to smooth paste.
    Let there be some whole dals  as they will be tasty and crunchy when deep fried.
  2. You can even grind green chilies together with chana dal,
    and increase their number if you want it to be more spicy.
  3. Dry red chili flakes can also be added to the mixture.
  4. If it is difficult to make patties, then add required quantity of rice flour and mold it to patties.