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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Roadside Ama Vadai/Channadal fritters/Easy Snackrecipe

               Ama Vadai is a common snack item you can find  on roadside shops in TamilNadu along with Uruddal vadai /Medhu vadai. These vada's combine very well with red chutney/milagai thuvayal or coconut chutney.

           During my recent visit to india I had bajji's and some of these vada's. I was thinking and craving these vada's after I came back here. I did know how to make them but I had never made them even once. I got some tips from my mom and made a batch of these Vadas. My little one loved it very much and she had a few.

          This is healthy and quite easy to prepare snack on a Sunday evening or even on a weekday.

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Soaking time:2 hrs
Preparation time:10 min
Cooking time:30 min

Ingredients :
  • 1 cup Channa Dal
  • 5 red chilies/Milagai vathal/Vara milagai
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds/Sombu
  • 1 handful red onions/Shallots /Chinna vengayam
  • 1 small ginger piece.
  • Handful Chopped coriander leaves
  • Handful chopped Curry leaves

  • Soak Channa Dal for 2 hours .

  • Crush red chilies,ginger and fennel and add soaked Channa Dal and grind to grainier (coarse) consistency .

  • Add chopped red onions,coriander leaves,curry leaves,Required salt and mix them all together.

  • Divide them to 20 -22 small balls and flatten them.
  • Heat oil in kadai .When its hot enough add the flattened balls.

  • Flip them when one side is done .
  • When the vada is brown take it out and squeeze out the extra oil using kitchen towels.
  • Serve it with chutney of your choice.

  • Check the Vada's for salt after getting the first batch out .Veda will taste good with exact amount of salt .
  • Don't grind Dal to smooth paste,you will feel like having adai dosa if you do so .
  • Vada should be brown when you take it out (it will take around 6 minutes for a batch ).
  • Don't overcook the Vada's .You feel the burnt texture when its overcooked.


  1. A must try recipe. Looks so tasty and inviting:)

  2. Addictive snack!! Perfect with a cup of tea!!

  3. Inviting recipe and vada, love your recipe and preparation..superb!!!


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