Parippu Vada (Lentil Fritters)

‘Parippu Vada’ also called ‘Dal Vada’ which translates to Lentil fritters in English is a popular south indian snack and appetizer .For those who have never had it before ,it is similar to ‘falafel’ but with a little different texture and a little more spice and flavor .It is traditionally made with split bengal gram which is  a type of lentil .A variation is to add ‘toor dal’ or split pigeon lentils to the split bengal gram in the ratio 11/2 to 1/2 .The process starts with soaking the dal  in water for about 3 to 4 hours .The soaked dal is then  ground into a coarse paste preferably in a grinder to which onions, chillies ,curry leaves and spices are added .The dough is shaped into small patties which are flattened and then deep fried. It tastes best when it is hot and crisp. Coconut chutney is a good accompaniment with it , although it tastes best by itself. This is a very common snack in many hotels and restaurants .It goes perfectly well as an appetizer at parties, potluck and also a delicious afternoon snack with a cup of tea!


Parippu Vada (Lentil Fritters)

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: medium
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A spicy and delicious appetizer based on Indian cuisine and perfect for parties and potlucks.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups chana dal (split bengal gram)
  • 1/2 onion or 5 shallots finely cut
  • 2-3 Thai green chillies finely cut
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 3-4 red chilly flakes
  • 1 inch ginger finely cut
  • curry leaves
  • a sprinkle of asafoetida
  • salt to taste
  • oil for shallow or deep fry


Directions

  1. Soak the chana dal in water for 3 to 4 hours .
  2. Drain the soaked dal using a colander and make sure there is no  water left.
  3. Grind the soaked chana dal coarsely with red chillies .It is okay to have a couple of lentils uncrushed.
  4. Add the onions,chillies,ginger,curry leaves and asafoetida.
  5. Add salt to taste.
  6. Take a small ball of the dough and shape it into a patty by flattening with your palm.
  7. These patties can be deep fried till you get a golden brown color.
  8. Enjoy the  spicy dal fritters with coconut chutney and with a hot cup of tea!



 

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25 Comments

  • Reply
    jyo
    September 7, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Such a proteinrich indulgence ✌✌ one of the age old recipe…but still one of my fav recipe…this is one of my mom’s signature dishes…I had this in ages….thanks for reminding me….🔝🔝

    • Reply
      InspiresN
      September 7, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Yes Jyo, indeed an age old recipe and a very protein-rich snack , am glad it brought out good memories .Great to hear that it’s your mom’s signature dish, same story on my side as well 🙂 .Thank you so much!

  • Reply
    Megala
    September 7, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Looks so tempting, love to grab one ! 🙂

    • Reply
      InspiresN
      September 7, 2017 at 11:36 am

      Aww..Thank you so much Megala, you are very welcome 🙂 .They are indeed very tempting !

  • Reply
    Vidya Narayan
    September 7, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Cant keep calm – this is my major weakness !!

    • Reply
      InspiresN
      September 7, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Agree, it is a weakness for many of us especially when hot and crisp 🙂 Thank you Vidya for stopping by!

      • Reply
        Vidya Narayan
        September 8, 2017 at 3:32 am

        Oh i agree !! My pleasure! Cheers

  • Reply
    Dippy-Dotty Girl
    September 7, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Looks delicious Nisha. I could easily reach in and grab a few! Now only if…

    • Reply
      InspiresN
      September 7, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      Thank you so much Dippy! You are very welcome to grab them 🙂 more than happy to share with you 🙂

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    a little Swiss, a little Canadian
    September 7, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Looks really yummy!😋

    • Reply
      InspiresN
      September 7, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you so much Ursula for the comments! They are very delicious and hope you can try them some time!

  • Reply
    anushascuisines
    September 8, 2017 at 12:06 am

    I love parippu vada and that looks soo yummy!!!!!

    • Reply
      InspiresN
      September 8, 2017 at 8:40 am

      Thank you so much Anusha, happy to hear you love it as well.

  • Reply
    amindfultravellerblog
    September 8, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Yummmm….. 🙂

    • Reply
      InspiresN
      September 8, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Thank you so much Lorelle, so glad you liked it it was indeed yum!

  • Reply
    Archana
    September 9, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Yummy

    • Reply
      InspiresN
      September 11, 2017 at 9:07 am

      Thank you so much Archana!

  • Reply
    afoodiehousewife
    September 11, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Love it with tea!

    • Reply
      InspiresN
      September 11, 2017 at 10:38 am

      Yes same here, it’s a great combination with tea!

  • Reply
    Anshu Agarwal
    September 25, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    So yumm…Perfect with hot cup of tea or coffee..Will try this soon !!

    • Reply
      InspiresN
      September 26, 2017 at 9:13 am

      Yes that is indeed the perfect combination and hope you get to make it soon . Thank you !

      • Reply
        Anshu Agarwal
        September 26, 2017 at 3:31 pm

        Ya I will make these soon and let you know how it turned out !!

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