Masoor Dal Vada

Masoor dal vada is a great snack, the main ingredient is saboot (whole) masoor dal (Indian brown lentils). blended with ginger, green chilies, and garlic. It can be deep fried or pan fried as per your preference.  It is very quick, easy and a yummy snack. Masoor dal vada has a crunchy texture and can be savored with a steaming hot cup of masala chai (tea), especially during the rainy season.

So let’s have a look at the recipe of Masoor Dal Vadas !!!

Masoor Dal Vada Recipe:

Course: Snacks/Starters/Appetizers

Cuisine: Indian

Servings: 4


  • 1 cup Sabut Masoor dal  (Indian brown lentils)
  • 2-3 ginger pieces peeled and cut into 1 inch each
  • 4-5 green chilies
  • 8-10 garlic cloves
  • Salt to taste
  • Water if required
  • 2 tsp Gram flour
  • Oil to deep fry
  • Coriander for garnishing

Cooking Instructions:

Wash 1 cup masoor dal and soak in water for at least 6-8 hours.

Once it is soaked well, transfer to a grinder.

Add ginger, green chilies, garlic cloves, and salt.

Grind all these to make a smooth paste.

Add a little water if required to adjust the consistency.

Transfer this into a bowl and add gram flour to the masoor dal paste and mix it well.

Heat oil in a pan and once the oil is hot fry the vada on medium flame.

Once it turns golden brown on both sides, drain the excess oil on a paper towel.

Serve hot and yummy  Masoor dal vada with coriander chutney.


To make pan-fried version, best is to make round shape tikkis, to cook it evenly on both sides.

Keep the batter consistency thick and coarse for pan fried version.

Apply cooking oil on your palm to avoid it sticking to your hands and easily make the tikkis.

If the batter becomes runny, adjust gram flour (besan) accordingly.