Parippu vada

Parippu vada

Parippu vada is a South Indian snack made with tur dal. A plate of parippu vada with a cup of hot tea is bliss.

Meenakshy Ramachandran


  1. 1 Cup Toor Dal (Yellow pigeon peas)
  2. 10 Chillies Red
  3. 4 Shallots
  4. 1/2 Onion
  5. 2 Teaspoons Asafoetida
  6. Curry leaves
  7. Cabbage (optional)
  8. Salt
  9. Oil


40 mins
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    Soak toor dal alongwith red chillies in water for minimum 2 hours. Drain the water using a colander or a perforated vessel.

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    Grind the toor dal, red chillies, asafoetida and salt in a "kalloral"(traditional grinding stone) because it does not result into a very fine paste.The batter should be coarse.

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    Do not use water while grinding. A mixer grinder can also be used for grinding, but it does not give much control on the fineness of the batter.

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    Add finely chopped shallots, onions and curry leaves to the batter and mix well. You may also add finely grated cabbage to it.

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    Make balls out of the batter and keep it aside. Heat oil in a pan. Flatten the balls on your palm one by one into small circles and slide them into the oil.

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    Deep fry the vadas till they turn brown in color. Make sure both the sides are cooked. Serve hot with tea.

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