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Keerai Masala Vadai | Easy Indian Snacks

Keerai masala vadai is a famous south Indian crispy fritters made using spinach and lentil as the main ingredients.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: indian snacks, masala vada, vadai
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Soaking time: 3 hours
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 cup chana dal
  • 2 cups spinach chopped chopped
  • 2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • salt
  • 1 red chili
  • ½ cup onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • 1 green chili chopped
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ginger chopped
  • Salt
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 1 cup water to soak dal


  • Wash and soak the chana dal for 3 hours in water.
  • Meanwhile chop the onions, green chili, ginger, coriander leaves and curry leaves and keep it aside.
  • After 3 hours, add 1 red chili and fennel seeds to the jar and grind it. Followed by adding the soaked chana dal and coarsely grind it without adding any water.
  • Transfer the grinded dal to a bowl and add the chopped onions, ginger, green chili, coriander leaves and curry leaves. Mix it well and add salt as per your taste.
  • Once you have mixed well, start shaping the Vada’s. Take a small portion of the dal and shape it to a ball and then flatten it a little (refer video)
  • Heat a wok or kadai with some oil for deep frying. When the oil is heated add the vada gently into the oil and deep fry it.
  • Flip it occasionally until you achieve golden brown color on both the sides.
  • Transfer the vada's to a kitchen towel once done to remove the excess oil.
  • Serve the Keerai Masal Vada with a cup of tea or coconut chutney.


Serving: 0g | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg