Snacks / Chaat

Paruppu vadai

Paruppu vadai / Masal vadai is a favourite snack for me and my bro. My mom makes crispy and hot vadai during rainy days. The whole family will sit together and enjoy this with hot cup of tea. It is one of the item made in almost all festive days. Mupparuppu vadai, as the name indicates consists of three main dhals – Channa dhal, Urad dhal and toor dhal. If we are going to make the vadai and offer it to God, it is always best to use all the three dhals.  My amma says this phrase “Neiveydhyathukku mupparuppu vadai romba visesham” which means mupparuppu vadai is very good to offer it to the God.


Channa dhal/Vadai paruppui-  between 1/2 and 3/4 cup

Toor dhal – Less than 1/4 cup

Urad dhal –  2 tsp

Shredded Coconut – 1/4 cup

Curry leaves – few

Cilantro – few

Red chillies – 2

Green chillies – 2

Asafoetida – A pinch

Salt – As per taste


  • Take three dhals and add it in a vessel. Soak all the three dhals in water for 4 hours or overnight.

  • Next day drain the water completely by placing it in a collader. Make sure you place it well before you make vadai.

  • Grind the channa dhal separately.
  • Donot grind the dhal into a fine paste. To make the vadai crispy, grind it coarsely.

  • Now grind the cilantro, curry leaves, red chillies, green chillies, coconut, salt.

  • Mix with the above mixture.

  • Now make small balls of the mixture. So that it will be easy for you to make vadai once the oil gets heated.
  • Drop a small bit of the mixture to check the heatness of the oil.

  • Now take the small balls you have made and flatten it in your hands and gently slip it into the oil.

  • Deep fry until it is golden brown. Serve hot.

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