Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Parippu Vada / Lentil Fritters

It is getting colder and colder in this part of the world. These are the times when you feel like having some of those comfort snacks like Parippu Vada (Lentil Fritters), Ulli Vada (Onion Fritters), etc with a cup of steaming hot tea. I still remember those old days when we used to wait for the lady who used to bring parippu vada most every evening to sell at our place. We used to wait for her, so we can have the tea with the vadas. Now that I do not have the luxury of sitting and waiting for the lady who sells Parippu vada, I had to dig into my bookmarked recipe from Mishmash to make the vadas myself.  

Makes 20-22 vadas

Toor Dal- 1 cup
Small Onions/Shallots- 3/4 cup (chopped)
Ginger- 1/8 cup (thinly chopped)
Green Chilly- 1/8 cup (thinly chopped)
Curry Leaves- 2 twigs (chopped)
Salt- to taste
Oil- as needed to deep fry

  1. Soak the dal for at least an hour.
  2. In a grinder, quickly grind the dal into a very coarse paste and transfer to a bowl.
  3. Add in the chopped small onions, ginger, green chilly, curry leaves and salt to the dal and mix well.
  4. Check to see if you can make a small gooseberry size ball out of the dough and flatten it slightly with your palm. If you think the dough is not sticking together, it could be because the dough is too course. If this is the case, take half of the dough and mix it again in the grinder to a slightly less coarse texture. Mix this with the rest of the dough to create cohesiveness for the dough to stick together.
  5. Heat oil in a deep frying pan in medium flame. Test if the oil is hot by dropping a tiny bit of the dough and see if it comes to the top with oil bubbling around.
  6. When the oil is hot, start making the balls out of the dough, flattening it with your palms and fry it in the oil.
  7. Fry in a medium flame so that the inside is cooked well while the outside is crispy.

Serve your Parippu Vadas with a steaming hot cup of tea or coffee. What could be better than this on a cold and freezing wintry evening. Thanks Shn for sharing the recipe!


  1. OMG, this is my fav dear! Can I have some now..owh no! I'm truly craving for it now...:(

  2. Tempting lentil fritters and fantastic clicks, Fathima :-)

  3. what an awesome blog.. love ur recipes

  4. Those remind me of family parties (only place I see them)...but I bet they are a nice snack too.

  5. Fathima...first of all congrats to you for that presentation...u must have tot so much abt it..i dont want to sound bad,but actually i loved ur presentation more than the recipe....i love parippu vada too though....
    I appreciate that click.

  6. Yumm; crispy vadas tempts me a lot..

  7. wow vada with a cup of hot tea.....

  8. Hi Fathima

    Fritters look super tasty and crunchy. Lovd the color of this snack s well.
    Hamaree Rasoi

  9. Adipoli!! kattan kaapiyum,parippu vaduyum best combo allee..

  10. Adipoli, Parippu vadaum kattankappi enniku kothi vannitu vayya.

  11. wow, they look so crunchy-munchy..yummy pics!

    US Masala

  12. kothippichu ketto ee photos kanichu...njan eeyide undakkethe ullenkilum ippol kazhikkan thonnunnu..:-) They have come out so perfect for you

  13. Crispy and yummy..delicious tea time snack.

  14. aaah enne eve snack parippu vada thanne urapichu...Adipoli tto...

  15. Awzum Photographies....Salute to the Red hot fritters,The black-Tea and to the historic 'Deshabhimani'....!These Photo's seem really creative....I wonder whether u get these kinds of leftist dailies there.....?! Lal Salam Comrade....!

  16. Yummy! Excellent presentation too, Fathima!

  17. Now can there be anything better than this when it rains?

  18. Wonderful presentation, and delicious recipe.

  19. Delicious fritters! Exquisite color and taste! What a wonderful snack this is! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. Cheers!

  20. Dear Fatima
    I feel good that you liked my posting on Kerala. I love Kerala so much , you cant imagine!!.
    I ate a lot of Dal Vada during my trip in spite of my almost gone teeth ha ha
    Have a nice week ahead

  21. Fritters looks crispy, crunchy, yummy and tempting. Wonderful presentation.

  22. Lal Salam!!!! Oru Parippuvada unddo chumma kazhikkan!!! Koottathil Desabhimaniyum onnu vayikkam!!!!

    Nice Concept!!! Vada looks perfect!!!

  23. Great finger food - I'm gearing up to help my mum with nibbles for Christmas parties and I can imagine this would be a winner.

  24. Hi,
    I think for this recipe we use chana dal not toor dal, please check it. My mom used to make it and was very delicious. Chana dal is used in this preparation. I had same vadas in different places all made of chana dal. Rest every thing is same, can add some coriander leaves too to enhance the taste.Otherwise the presentation is excellent.


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