Parippu Vada (Chana Dal Vada)

Servings: 2 people
Cuisine: Indian
Course: Appetizer
Time: 40 minutes
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Spicy and crunchy, the Parippu Vada or Chana Dal Vada is a popular street food in South India. Try out this gluten-free vegan recipe for an all-time favorite snack.


  • 1 cup chana dal (split chickpea)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1" piece of ginger finely chopped
  • 2-3 green chillies finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs of curry leaves chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 pinch hing (asafoetida)
  • Oil for deep frying


  • To begin, soak the chana dal for 3-4 hours. Drain out the water and let it stand for at least half an hour.
  • Grind the dal coarsely without adding any water. If you are using a mixer grinder, give it 4-5 pulses.
  • Transfer the mixture into a bowl. Add in the onions, ginger, green chillies, curry leaves, salt to taste, black pepper, and hing. Mix well.
  • Heat oil for deep frying.
  • To make the vada, shape the mixture into a lemon size ball and press it down between your palms. It should be thick in the middle and thinner on the edges. Prepare the other vadas similarly.
  • Deep fry the vadas on medium heat until golden brown and crisp.
  • The Parippu Vadas are ready to serve. Serve them hot with your favorite chutneys.


  • If you have accidentally added water while grinding, add a few teaspoons of rice powder to make the mixture manageable.

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Parippu Vada (Chana Dal Vada)