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Sunday, 12 February 2012

Masala Vadai (Lentil Dumpling) | Cooking With Kin #2#

I still look at the confirmation email she sent me and wonder, "Huh! Did she say YES to me?! Really?" I've been a big fan of her simple and beautiful blog. Her beautiful food photographs just make you wanna cook (or eat!) that very moment. I can't tell you the number of times I've filled my hungry stomach just looking at her Kebabs, Pink Cutlet, Lasagna, Mysore Pak and so many other delicacies!
I have tried recipes like Dum Aloo and Batata Vada from her blog. And today, I am really delighted to have her do a guest post for my CWK Series. Folks, please welcome the founder of Bake Fest & Dish it Out; the Rajnikanth of the blog-world :-DVardhini Koushik of Zesty Palette! *trumpets*
This is a guest post for Kavitha who blogs at Edible Entertainment. She recently started a new series "Cooking with Kin" and I am thrilled to be part of the same. Her blog features a wide variety of posts with detailed explanation and if I have to describe her in one word, it would be "bubbly". :). She always shows that excitement and enthusiasm in her comments and in her posts. She hosts a lot of events and also takes part in a lot. She does have a lot of energy :)

Masala Vadai is a snack that is favored by most people. It is deep fried, but you can also make a healthy version of it using the kuzhi paniyaram pan. There is hardly any difference in taste between the two methods. I am going to explain both the methods here. Have you'll bought the paniyaram pan yet?
Healthier version..

(Printable Recipe)
1 cup channa dal soaked for 2 hours (Kadala Paruppu)
4 red chillies (Adjust to taste)
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
2 garlic cloves
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves
Oil to deep fry

Soak channa dal and red chillies for 2 hours.

Take the dals and red chillies in a blender along with garlic, fennel seeds and salt

Grind coarsely.

To the ground dal add onions.

Add coriander leaves.

Mix well.

Take a small portion of the mix.

Flatten to form a vadai.

Deep fry in hot oil.

Vadais are done when they are brown on both sides.

Healthy Alternative
A healthy alternative to the deep fried version is to use the kuzhi paniyaram pan. Heat the pan and add 1/4 tsp oil to each groove. Place a small portion of the dal mix in the groove.

Flip over after a couple of minutes or so and let the other side cook. Healthy vadai ready.

This is the low fat alternative and see it does not look too different :)

And this is the deep fried version.



  1. Kavi,you've found a very talented blogger to guest post for you - and it is us who are getting the final delight;)This is such a lip-smacking vadai recipe - thanks to Vardhini for sharing this recipe and the photos are stunning too!

  2. Really delicious n tempting vadai,wonderful post...

  3. Kavi, your talent is winning accolades! :)
    Vardhini for sure is the rajnikant of the blog world; I completely endorse that. :) The Vadai look fab! And I so much loved the pictorials...great great one!! :)

    Ongoing Event at my blog: Cakes, Cookies and Desserts

  4. what an yummylicious post vardhini and thanks for sharing kavi !

  5. What a crunchy looking vadai:-) Loved the healthier version steps as well!

  6. Kavi so sweet of u to bring such talenters out here with u.....

    yummy vada...

  7. wow my favourite have a nice can visit my blog and give ur valuable comments.

  8. Can vadais be made in paniyaram pan, that's awesome..

  9. thanks a lot kavi for pointing it out....i have changed the color of font dear....

  10. The masala vadai looks awesome :-)

  11. This post is food treat. 2 of my fav bloggers in the same space. Loved reading both your blogs and thanks for the recipe.
    Love Ash.

  12. sunday evening & i zoo wish i could get hold of them now :)

  13. Masala vadai is everyone's favorite for sure.I especially love the moorkozhambu they make with these vadais. I love the low fat version the best. A cup of steamy chai and hot-hot masala vadai - I will be there right at your doorstep to chit-chat :-)

  14. What an excellent guest post! This looks like such a flavorful snack. A yummy recipe with breathtaking photos...thanks to both of you for sharing!

  15. healthy vada!!looks perfect and delicious!

  16. Nice vada. Looks as if it is deep fried. Nice work vardhini and kavi. Happy to follow u

  17. Delish done Masala(Dal) Vada Dear.Luv the yumm luking clicks.Awesome Step by step Recipe Dear!.

  18. wow, i loved this recipe. looks delicious... nice to know ur blog

  19. Wow, this looks yummy indeed! Happy Valentine's day!!

  20. I love this delightful snack. They are delicious. You have a lovely blog..shall be following from now on. Have a great day.

  21. I enjoyed eating vadai very much and this version of yours looks really delicious and crispy!

  22. wow, they look amazing, what a great pic.

  23. This masala vadai looks great and does not have to be deep fried.
    Vardhini, like yourself, is a very talented cook. I always love to read both of you.
    Thank You both.

  24. Lovely guest post by Vardhini, great pics as usual. Mouth watering here :)

  25. wat an idea to use kulipaniyaram vessel to reduce oil :) creative thought !!! kudos to both of you :)

  26. Why don't you post a recipe on making Sabudana vada! Masala vada reminds me of that! :)


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