Parippu Vada (Lentil/Dal Fritters)

It has been raining lately in TX….such a great relief in the midst of scorching summer…i guess I can’t stop complaining about the bad weather here at our place…its getting worse day by day..while a major chunk of summer is stilling waiting out there for us…
any ways, no point in complaining…so lets enjoy the blissful rainy days we get as a surprise and enjoy these li’l treats :)

Parippu vada is my all time favorite snack…I would rather say, the to go snack…my dad gets this for me almost every other day if I am home…its like this…parippu vada for me, pazham pori for my li’l sis :)

you get the first glimpse of  yummy snack like this in a polythene cover…

open it, you find the yumm vadas…actually instead of the parchment paper, you have the greasy plantain leaf…

there you go….attack :)

You’ll need:

Chana Dal (Split Bengal gram) : 2 cups
Green chillies: 2-3 nos, finely chopped
Onion: 1 no, medium sized, thinly diced
Ginger: 1-2 tsp ( I grate a small piece of ginger into the batter)
Curry leaves: a few sprigs
Asafoetida: a pinch
Salt: as per taste
Oil: Enough for deep frying

How to make:

Soak dal in water for 2-3 hrs. Drain the water completely. Grind the dal in the mixer coarsely.
Do not make it a fine paste. To this add sliced chillies, onion , ginger, asafetida, curry leaves and enough salt.
Make small balls of these mixture and flatten each in your palm to small rounds.
Heat oil in a pan and deep fry 3-4 of them at a time, cooking for 2-3 min on each side on med-high flame or until the vadas turn golden brown and crispy.
Drain on a paper towel and enjoy with  a hot cup of tea

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