Dal Vadai – A traditional South Indian treat!

When it comes to food, India holds one of the largest variety.  Every state of India holds it’s own cuisine… There is a great culinary variation across the country …Sometimes it’s North Cuisine comprising of delicious Chola Bhatura, Butter Naan, Dal Makhani, Stuffed Paranthas etc, sometimes traditional West Indian cuisine drools us through fresh vada pao, pao bhaji, theplas etc. Many a times East Indian delicacies like Momos, Sandesh, Litti Chokha rules the heart which is further followed by authentic dishes from South Indian cuisine like Dosa, Sambhar, Idli, Vada, Paniyaram etc keeps us hooked. Each of the dish boasts about it’s traditional ingredients specifically picked from the core regions.


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I love all the cuisines and fond of all the vegetarian dishes from across India…but South Indian cuisine is a special favorite especially at the time of breakfast. Two things which I love about the South Indian cuisine is the subtle flavors and perfect nutrition. Usage of more lentils and rice not only makes it a perfect combo but also fills the stomach for good 6-7 hours. All the dishes are superb, but Dosa – Sambhar, Idli – Sambhar and Dal Vada are my personal favorites.


Having steamy hot idlis or vadas dipped in piping hot sambhar and chutney makes every weekend morning bright. No kich – kich of ‘Kya banaun? ‘ and simply no tension on calories.. Yeah for Vada it does..but atleast the composition of lentils make it a perfect nutritious dish. This time our 69th Foodie Monday Bloghop theme is South Indian Breakfasts and for that I came up with this traditional Dal Vadai.


Dal Vadai is a vada prepared using mix lentils, chillies, onions, spices and lot of curry leaves. Served with Sambhar or Chutney, these vadais are a perfect yum delight. Let’s have a look on the recipe.

Serves: 10

Preparation time: 10 mins + 4 hrs soaking time

Cooking time: 5 – 6 mins


  • 1 cup each – Chana Dal, Urad Dal, Moong Dal, Green Moong dal, Pink urad dal
  • 1 medium sized onion – Finely chopped
  • 2 green chillies – Finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic – Grated
  • 1 inch ginger – Grated
  • 1 cup curry leaves
  • 1 tsp Sambhar powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Mirch
  • 2 tsp Besan
  • Salt as per taste
  • Oil for frying



  • Soak the dals together for 4 hours. Drain the water.
  • Keep 3 tbsp of dal aside and grind rest of the dals together.
  • Add all the ingredients together and mix well.
  • Make a thick mixture. Do not add water. If needed just add 1-2 tsp.


  • Heat the oil.
  • Make the shapes of Vadais and make a hole at the center.
  • Fry them well till crisp.


  • Serve hot with Sambhar or Nariyal Chutney.


These Dal Vadais are yum. Do try and let me know your feedback!



Savor the delicious taste! 🙂

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Bon apetit! 🙂

This recipe I am also sharing on Angies Foodie Fiesta wherein my co-hosts this week are Linda @ La Petite Paniere and Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook.


9 thoughts on “Dal Vadai – A traditional South Indian treat!

  1. I have seen these before from Indian cafeterias nearby, but I am hesitant to get one as I don’t know what they are made of. Now that I know, I think I need to try one or make some myself. 😉 Thanks for sharing at this week’s FF & I hope you are having a good week. x

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