Hi friends, Welcome back to my blog! Today I am going to share a very simple and quick recipe of Dal ke Bade/ Masala vadai that you can make in the evenings and serve with tea. These Bengal gram fritters/ Chana dal bade are also an ideal snack for Iftar as they are so crispy, favourful and delicious. 

Chana dal Bade is a common snack that I prepare for Iftar during Ramadan and it tastes very good when dipped in Nombu Kanji. These Chana dal bade are actually addictive and you will be forced to make this again and again as they are so delicious and yet very easy to prepare.

Chana dal bade cuts my Iftar preparation time to a large extent as these bades are easy to mix using very few ingredients and also get cooked very fast. Chana dal bade requires just 20 minutes to grind, mix and cook, so I usually turn to this recipe when I am short of time. I sometimes grind the Chana dal in the morning and keep it refrigerated and use it when I need in the evening. This makes the cooking even more easy.

So now, let's head on to my recipe of making Crispy and Delicious Chana dal Bade/ Masala Vadai!

Ingredients Required for making Chana dal Bade/ Kadale vadai

1 cup Bengal gram dal/ Chana dal 
1 normal sized onion finely chopped
½ tsp ginger paste
3/4 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp salt ( or to taste)
1/4 tsp cooking soda
10 curry leaves finely chopped
Oil for frying


  • Wash and soak the Bengal gram dal/ chana dal in water for atleast 4 hours.
  • Drain away the water from the dal and transfer to a mixer.
  • Grind the dal in small intervals of a few seconds to a mildly coarse mix.
  • Transfer the dal mix to a bowl, add all the other ingredients except oil and mix well. 
  • Then heat oil in a frying pan on medium heat, take medium sized balls of the mixture and make thin patties and drop in the oil. 
  • Cook till they are golden brown in colour. 
  • Remove on a tissue paper and serve hot with tomato sauce or nombu Kanji.
  • This recipe makes about 15 to 18 Dal ke bade/ Masala vadai.

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