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Blogging Marathon# 30: Week 4/ Day 1 Theme: Tea Kadai Menu Dish: Masala Vada/ Paruppu Vadai We are starting the last week of Blogging Marathon for this month and my theme for this week is 'Tea Kadai Menu'. Valli gave us a set of typical dishes that feature in the roadside Tea shops in Tamil Nadu. For the first day I made 'Masala Vadai/ Vada'.


20 vada

Total time

40 minutes


  • ½ cup Toor dal ((Red gram dal))
  • ½ cup Urad dal ((Black gram dal))
  • ½ cup chana dal ((Bengal gram dal))
  • 6 chilies (Dry Red)
  • 1 onions (- medium, finely chopped)
  • 2 tsps Ginger garlic (+ paste)
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • ½ cup cilantro (- finely chopped)
  • to taste Salt


  1. Soak all the dals in water for 2-3 hours. Drain off excess water completely.
  2. Grind the dals with the red chilies to a coarse batter. I keep some chana dal aside and add it to the batter in the end to get crunchy vadas after frying.
  3. Heat oil for deep frying. Wet both your hands. Take a small lemon size batter and flatten it on the palm of your hand. Slip it very carefully into the hot oil. Fry till golden bowl and crisp.
  4. Drain onto paper towel and serve hot with any chutney.
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