Parippu Vada

A favorite tea time snack of Kerala, South of India. These fitters, made of lentils and few spices are deep fried and served with hot tea.  They are absolutely easy to make and very delicious. They are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

You need –

  • Channa dhal – 1 cup
  • Shallots – 1/2 cup finely chopped
  • Ginger – 1 small piece
  • Dried chili – 2 or per taste
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig. roughly chopped
  • Asafitada – 1 good pinch
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying (I used coconut oil

How to –

Soak the washed and cleaned dhal in water for 3-4 hours. Strain the dhal well as you don’t want any water with it while grinding.

In blender, add the dhal, dried chilies and pulse the mixer for a couple of times. You need to coarsely grind dal and not a smooth paste.

To the dhal mixture add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Make small sized balls and set aside.

Heat oil in deep frying pan over medium heat. Once heated take the ball and flatten using your palm and carefully drop it into the hot oil. Fry till they brown evenly. 


Remove and transfer to a paper towel to drain excess oil.
Serve hot with coffee or tea.




21 thoughts on “Parippu Vada

  1. oh pinneyum pinneyum kothipikunnu, aadyam FByil pinne evideyum… 😦 we hardly make this at home bcoz uppa doesn't like it, but u r really tempting me to make them one day soon!!! hehe…

  2. Its been a while I had made these, I am really hugry after seeing this. Wish I could get some right now with a cup of cardamom chai…mmm…really I am craving for it now ..

  3. My south Indians friends always make vada and bring it for me. Since I was getting the authentic vada readily made for me I never bothered to try it home 😉
    Will try your recipe. The vadas look fried to crisp perfection.

  4. While we used to make this at home, I used to look forward to eating them from vendors of railway stations during the long train travel from Mumbai to the South of India during vacations…. We regularly went to “native place” you see. 🙂

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