Chana dal- 1 cup
Onion- 1 (finely chopped)
Green chillies- 2 (finely chopped)
Saunf (fennel seeds)- 1tsp
Black pepper- ½ tsp
Curry leaves- 4-5
Coriander leaves- 1tbsp (chopped)
Salt- as per taste
Oil- 1 cup (for frying)
Soak chana dal in water for 4-5 hours.
Now, drain the water from the soaked dal. Take out 1tbsp and keep aside. Grind the remaining chana dal into a paste. Add a little water to get the right consistency.
Add other ingredients namely saunf, green chillies, curry leaves, onion, black pepper and salt. Mix again in the grinder. Make sure the ground paste is thick enough to stay intact.
Once the paste is ready, add the remaining soaked chana dal in it. Mix with a spoon.
Heat oil in a frying pan. Now, wet your hands with water.
Take a small amount of vada paste in your hand and flatten it. When the oil becomes hot, gently dip the vada and fry till it turns golden brown.
The vada should turn brown and also look crisp.
Strain the vada once it is done.
Serve it hot with tomato ketchup or team it with sambhar and coconut chutney.
(Recipe credit: Sahara Star)