Parippu Vada ~ Chickpea Lentil (Chana Dal) Fritters

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Just like I did three back-to-back hot drinks at the end of last month – Moroccan Mint Tea, Aaatta Ka Doodh and Masala Chai – I thought the next back-to-back would be the most appropriate if we include some tea time snacks! What say? πŸ™‚Β In Malayalam, we call them “naalu mani palahaaram” (4 o’clock snacks!) πŸ˜‰


When the weather is cold and cozy with those occasional outbreaks of rain, the first thing that comes to any Indian’s head is some hot snacks, deep fried and accompanied with a hot cup of tea! Deep frying may not be considered healthy, especially since now many are being so health-conscious but once in a while, the craving is always there! I rarely deep fry at home, because as I mentioned, it scares me and then the kids nor the men are not so keen to eat them, except for if they are cutlets! πŸ™ But that doesn’t mean I don’t fry them at all. At times, the interest just kicksΒ and I get asked, “Koode kadikkaan onnumille?” (Isn’t there anything to bite along?) πŸ˜‰


OK, so coming to the first one for the three back-to-back, it is my favourite snack for sure! Not even the chicken cutlets that I adore a lot wins in front of this. D doesn’t like them, any-time it is made, he just says, “Manushyanmaar kazhikatha saadhanam undakiyirikunnu!” (There, you have cooked something that humans don’t eat!” πŸ™ So umma hardly makes them. But I make them with the mood hits, and most of the time end up eating more than half of the lot. πŸ˜‰ There was one little pettikkada (street side food stalls) at the curve of the road that goes toward’s my parent’s house back home, which only served parippu vadas with tea. You could catch the smell meters away from the shop! Unfortunately due to the road works, that shop closed down and I missed them the last time I went on vacation. πŸ™ Off to this easy and popular snack that is just awesome with a hot cup of tea!


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Parippu Vada ~ Chickpea Lentil (Chana Dal) Fritters

Course Snacks
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 10 -15
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 1/2 cup chana dal soaked for 2 hours and drained
  • 1 inch pc ginger
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp coriander leaves nicely chopped
  • Oil for frying


  • Soak the lentils for two hours in water. Wash well and drain.
  • Grind the drained lentils, leaving aside a couple of spoons, with the ingredients from ginger to salt coarsely. It should not be smooth, bites should be there.
  • Add in the coriander leaves and the reserved dal, adjust the salt and mix well.
  • Heat oil for deep frying. To know if the oil is ready, drop in a small portion of the mix, if it sizzles up, it is ready.
  • Shape into roundrels and drop into the oil. Cook on the both sides on medium-low flame - very important since they may not get fully cooked if the flame is too high - till golden brown.
  • Drain onto a kitchen towel and serve warm with a cup of hot tea!

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  1. i love to munch on these yummy vadas..they look so inviting…lovely pic dear….

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Gloria…

  2. Perfect tea time snack. I add handful of almonds to keep it more crisp. We love them.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priya… love that addition of almonds!

  3. can munch more with hot tea

  4. naalu mani palahaaram, the pettikkada, Manushyanmaar kazhikatha saadhanam undakiyirikunnu! all sounds so familiar! πŸ˜› My fav too, I can munch on and on.. eager to see what you have for the next two days.. πŸ™‚ Chai looks exactly how I would want! milky and strong and the vada is perfectly golden..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha… Fami! πŸ˜› My chai is always like that, like umma says, kari pole… hehe… Thanks a lot dear… πŸ™‚

  5. Parippu vadas are one of our family favourites..and these look so very tempting Rafeeda

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Kaveri…

  6. This is for sure one of the best evening snack!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Beulah…

  7. crispy vadas…I used have them a lot during my hostel stay in Chennai

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Amrita…

  8. Lovely vadas, Many times we used to get it from hotels, now sure to try this recipe,…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jeena…

  9. Love these crunchy vadas. Use to have them often in Bangalore. I should make them at home one day πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Mayuri… πŸ™‚

  10. My fav vadai..looks crispy and tasty

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Vidya…

  11. Parippu vadayum chayum ingu poratte πŸ˜‰ my all time favourite!!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sona… πŸ™‚

  12. Yummy and perfect parippu vadas…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Shabbu…

  13. Perfect tea time snack.. We called it dalwada

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priya…

  14. Oooh, I have never tried vada (or bora as we Bengalis call it) with chana dal before, sounds delicious.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Abida…

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