Three Dal Masala Vada | Moodu Pappula Masala Vada How to Make Three Dal Masala Vada

Snacks | vegetarian

  • Prep Time 15 Mins
  • Cook Time 20 Mins
  • Servings 5


  • 1/3 Cup Urad Dal (Black Gram)
  • 1/3 Cup Chana Dal (Bengal Gram)
  • 1/3 Cup Toor Dal (Pigeon Pea)
  • 1 tbsp Sonf (Fennel)
  • 1 tbsp Cumin (Zeera)
  • 1 Inch Ginger
  • 6-7 Cloves Garlic
  • Salt
  • 3-4 Green Chilli
  • 1/4 Cup Kothimir (Chopped)
  • 2 Dry Chillies
  • 2 Sprigs Curry Leaves
  • 1/2 Cup Onions (Chopped)
  • 1/4 Cup Pudina (Chopped)
  • Oil (For Frying)


  1. Take Black Gram, Bengal gram and Pigeon Pea Gram together. Wash well and soak for 3-4 hours.
  2. Drain out the water and leave it in the colander for a while.
  3. Keep a fistful of Dal mixture aside and grind the rest of it coarsely along with Sonf, Zeera, Green Chilli, Ginger, Garlic and Dry Chilli. Do not add water while grinding.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the ground Dal with onion, Pudina, Kothmir and Salt. Add the Dal set aside before grinding. Mix well with a strong hand
  5. Wet your palms. Take a large lemon size mixture and flatten it in your palm. Slip it slowly into hot oil and leave it to cook on medium flame without stirring it.
  6. After 3 or 4 minutes move the Vada around slowly in the oil. Let the Vada fry on a medium flame till it changes colour. (The Masala Vada cooks slowly. Be patient)
  7. Take the Vadas out onto a plate when they are golden brown. The three Dal Vadas are good to eat and crisp when eaten hot. The wonderful thing is that these Vadas remain crisp even when they cool down.