Parappu vadai or dal vada

No festive lunch in Tamilnadu is said to be complete without Vadai (vada) and payasam (kheer). Though I never cook an elaborate lunch, I was quite eager to do so for this Diwali. So the lunch menu was of course parappu vadai and pal payasam along with drumstick sambar, tomato rasam, podalangai(snakegourd) kootu, beans poriyal, fried appalams and rice. I was really busy to take a picture of the whole thali this time. But for those who are interested can see a post on Tamil festive lunch here.

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Parappu vadai or dal vada Yum
Course snack

south indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course snack
Cuisine south indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
  1. Soak the dals for atleast 3 hours. Then add the red chillies and grind the soaked dal to a coarse paste without adding water.
  2. Now add the hing, curry leaves and salt and mix well. Heat the oil for deep frying.
  3. On a thick plastic sheet, put a drop of oil. Take a small portion of batter on the platic sheet and flatten it to form a small thick disc. Deep fry them in hot oil till they turn a golden brown.
  4. Serve hot.
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  1. Sarah Naveen

    Vada looks perfect…One of my fav snack…Delicious!!

  2. I never made with mixed dhal vadai. U have done a great menu for Diwali!

  3. Crispy and crunchy parippuvada…

  4. Shama Nagarajan

    nice one to give a bite


    I too made this recently,urs looks good 🙂

  6. Tovar daal vada is new to me. Never knew tuvar daal is also added while making vada’s. Shall try this out soon…

  7. yummy vadai and perfect snack…

  8. ya, tell me about it..a vadai and pongal/payasam is a must for all tamil festive occassions..i was soo bogged dowwn by all the sweets i made that i just managed to make some thayir vadai for the evening dinner!

  9. Priya Suresh

    Crispy vada looks yumm!

  10. yum!

  11. Pari Vasisht

    love these vadas.

  12. Soma Pradhan

    Vada looks nice and crispy

  13. Wow one of my favourite snacks.

  14. Never added tuvar dal to vada, looks so different and yummy!!

  15. Malar Gandhi

    Me too, mix all the dal for vadai. This looks gorgeous and crisp.

  16. Wow!! You made me crave this!!I remember one of aunt’s vadas!!

  17. hey the blog looks fresh…the header is cute….congrats…and the headings try them….recipe with step by step is cool….keep it up..

  18. yummy and crispy vadas dear………

  19. Priyanka Navis

    loking cripy and delish

  20. Nice snack for evening time with tea…:)

  21. Crispy , yummy vadas. inviting pictures.

  22. Viki's Kitchen

    Very nice recipe. Vadai looks so crispy n yummy.

  23. Balakrishna Saraswathy

    These vadai were be very tasty with coconut chutney…

  24. Looks fantastic, belated Diwali wishes to you and your family !

  25. An Award is waiting for u at my blog:)Vada looks perfect and adorable…

  26. A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine

    Lovely ones, i liked your fruit pancake also and tried to leave a comment. But it was repeatedly giving me a msg, can’t be done at this time.

  27. they look nice, my dad loves these vadais , we call it masaal vadai; good evening snack!

  28. Happy Diwali to Sowmyaji. Vadai looks very tasty. With three dals together. Upendra-NZ

  29. Hello SowmyajiWould like to have Sambhar, Rasam and Pachadi recipe of Tamil thali.

  30. Sowmya Madhavan

    Thanks for your [email protected] recipe for pachidi is already given in the post…i will do a seperate post for rasam and sambar soon..

  31. Sowmya Madhavan

    @a2z veg cuisine- Thanks for your comment..i have published your comment for the pancakes..sorry for the inconvinience..

  32. Wow!! after reading this menu I remembered ur marriage’s lunch party……How was your Diwali?hmm i guess very busy and so you did’t get time to reply my email….anyway take careGod bless you,Mala

  33. Good one, looks crispy and yummy.


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