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Chana Dal Fritters

16 Jun

Senagapappu Vadalu.

Spit chana dal is soaked in water and ground into coarse mixture. It is then mixed with spices and onion and dropped into hot oil. Once chana dal fritters turn golden brown, remove from heat and serve immediately.
Makes: around 5 Chana Dal Fritters.


Chana Dal 1 Cup
Onion 1 Small
Green Chiles 2
Ginger 2 inch Piece
Cumin Seeds a big Pinch
Curry Leaves 5
Salt to Taste
Oil for Deep Frying

Method of preparation:

Wash and soak chana dal in water for around 3 – 4 hours.
Keep few tablespoons of soaked chana dal aside for later use.
Strain and grind the soaked chana dal coarsely without adding any water.

Peel and slice the onion.
Remove stems, wash and chop the green chiles.
Peel and mince the ginger.
Wash and tear the curry leaves.

Heat oil in a deep frying pan on medium low heat.

In a mixing bowl, mix together ground chana dal, reserved chana dal, onion, green chiles, ginger, cumin seeds, curry leaves and salt.
Scoop up a lime sized portion of the above mixture onto palm and press slightly to form a disk.
Carefully drop the chana dal disk into hot oil.
Repeat the same to make more chana dal vada and drop into hot oil.
Fry the chana dal vada till golden brown on all sides.
Remove the chana dal vada onto absorbent paper.
Repeat the procedure if there is any more chana dal mixture left.
Serve chana dal fritters immediately.
Notes: Make sure to fry the chana dal fritters well.

Suggestions: Adjust spice with green chiles. If chana dal fritters are not cooked properly, drop them back into hot oil and fry again till done.
Variations: Check masala chana dal fritters here.
Other Names: Chana Dal Fritters, Senagapappu Vadalu.