Parippu Vada (Lentil Fritters)

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.

How to make Parippu Vada (Lentil Fritters)

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, chilies, curry leaves, and spices are added. The dough is shaped into small patties that 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
Parippu Vada

Parippu Vada – Lentil Fritters
Prep Time
4 hrs
Cook Time
30 mins

Parippu vada lentil fritters are spicy and delicious appetizer based on Indian cuisine and perfect for parties and potlucks.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: dal vada, lentil fritters, parippu vada
  • 2 cups Chana Dal (Split Bengal Gram)
  • 1/2 Onion (or 5 shallots ) finely chopped
  • 2-3 Thai green Chilies
  • 5-6 Curry leaves chopped
  • 3-4 Red Chilly Flakes
  • 1 inch Ginger finely chopped
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida
  • 3-4 cups Oil to deep fry
  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 chilies.

  4. It is okay to have a couple of lentils uncrushed.

  5. Add the onions, chilies, ginger, curry leaves, and asafoetida.

  6. Add salt to taste.

  7. Take a small ball of the dough and shape it into a patty by flattening with your palm.

  8. These patties can be deep-fried till you get a golden brown color

  9. .Enjoy the spicy dal fritters with coconut chutney and with a hot cup of tea!

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Parippu Vada - Lentil Fritters
Parippu Vada – Lentil Fritters

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  • Reply
    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….🔝🔝

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      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!

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    September 7, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Looks so tempting, love to grab one ! 🙂

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      September 7, 2017 at 11:36 am

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

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    Vidya Narayan
    September 7, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Cant keep calm – this is my major weakness !!

    • Reply
      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!

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        Vidya Narayan
        September 8, 2017 at 3:32 am

        Oh i agree !! My pleasure! Cheers

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    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
      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!😋

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      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!

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    September 8, 2017 at 12:06 am

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

    • Reply
      September 8, 2017 at 8:40 am

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

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    September 8, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Yummmm….. 🙂

    • Reply
      September 8, 2017 at 8:37 am

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

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      September 11, 2017 at 9:07 am

      Thank you so much Archana!

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    September 11, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Love it with tea!

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      September 11, 2017 at 10:38 am

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

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    Anshu Agarwal
    September 25, 2017 at 5:02 pm

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

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      September 26, 2017 at 9:13 am

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

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        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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