Parippu Vada (Lentil/Dal Fritters)

Parippu Vada (Lentil/Dal Fritters)

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Do you remember how the heroes were introduced in 80’s and 90’s Malayalam movies? I think the most common one was where the hero gets down from an old bus, in front of a chayakada (tea shop). The hero then proceeds to the chayakada, order a tea and some snacks all the while keeping the curious chayakadakkaran (tea shop wallah) on suspense about his trip intentions. Fast forward to today’s movie… the hero alights from a helicopter or at least a S class Benz and goes straight to shoot a gunda (gangster). To be fair, I think the movie makers should not be blamed. They are trying to make realistic movies these days and in today’s reality chayakadas are a rare sight and the roads are crowded with Audi, BMW etc;

May be I can suggest an alternative introduction scene. The hero can alight from his fancy car in front of a Bhel Puri stand. During my past visits to Kerala, I’ve noticed more number of “Yadav Bhel Puri Stand/Corner” than chayakadas. I’m referring to Cochin here. I’m not saying Parippu Vada and the sort has become extinct but looks like they have found a more comfortable space in well lit shelves of bakeries than the “niram mangiya kannadi koodu” (fainted glass box) of chayakada, just like our heroes coming in a fancy car instead of a bus! All I can say is whenever I see a Bhel Puri Stand, a phrase comes to my mind “Kochiyude marunna mukham” (changing face of Cochin), I think I read it in some Newspaper or magazine. Well, I’m not saying this is bad, it’s change! Whether you like it or not, change is the only constant thing or so the experts say….

See what all things came to my mind when I sat down to write about this humble snack, no wonder the typical Kerala communist used to thrive on it  ;) Anyways, parippu vada dominated my evening tea sessions during the last trip. Mummy (my MIL) makes very good parippu vadas. So here’s her recipe specially for you :)

As promised in the earlier post, I do have step by step pictures taken in mummy’s kitchen. Here you go…

Soak chana dal for 2-2.5 hours. Drain the water completely…

Pat dry the drained dal with a clean kitchen towel. Grind the dal in mixie for a few seconds. Please note that that the dal should be crushed and should not be made into a smooth paste.

Add all the other ingredients, except oil, to the dal and combine it gently. Make small balls with the dal mix.

Heat oil in a deep pan. Meanwhile, wet your hands and flatten each ball within your palms. When the oil is hot enough add the flattened dal mix…

Fry the vadas on low-medium heat, till it becomes crispy and a dark shade of brown. Drain the fried vadas on tissue paper…

 

Parippu Vada (Lentil Fritters)
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Recipe type: Snack
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Serves: 10-12
 
Ingredients
  • Chana dal (split bengal gram/kadala parippu) - 2 cups
  • Onion - 1 big, finely chopped
  • Green chilli - 2-3, finely chopped
  • Ginger - 1-2 tsp, finely chopped
  • Fennel seeds - ¼ tsp (optional, refer notes)
  • Curry leaves - 3-4 stems, finely chopped
  • Kayam (asafetida) - ⅛ tsp
  • Salt
  • Oil
Instructions
  1. Soak chana dal in water for 2 hours. Drain the water completely. Make sure that the water is dried well, pat dry the dal with a clean kitchen towel.
  2. Crush the soaked and drained dal, just run it in mixie for a few seconds. Make sure you dont grind it to a smooth paste. Add all ingredients except oil to the crushed dal and gently mix it together. Make small balls with the dal mix (gooseberry size).
  3. Heat oil for deep frying pan on high flame. When oil is really hot, reduce the flame to low-medium and add the vada. Before adding to the oil, just flatten each ball in your palm. Wet your hands before flattening the dough. It is better to flatten the dough just before adding to the oil, otherwise it may break.
  4. Fry till the vadas (fritters) become golden brown or if you like it extra crispy, fry till you get a darker shade of brown. Drain excess oil on a tissue paper. Serve hot.
  5. You will get around 20-25 parippu vadas of small-medium size, with the above qty.
Notes
It is better to make small size vada, so that it gets cooked well. If you want the authentic taste, use coconut oil. It is important that the water is drained well, otherwise the batter may become runny and you will not be able to shape it well. But if your batter turn out to be runny, dont worry, just drop the batter into the oil using a spoon and fry in the same method. We added fennel seeds to half the qty, as an experiment. It gives a different taste. It's optional to add fennel seeds, may be you can also try adding it to a small qty and see whether you like it. If you are using, add it along with the onions and stuff. If you want the vadas to be really crispy, fry it till it becomes a bit darker shade of brown. In some places, they use peas dal for making this vada. So if you dont get hold of chana dal, you can try it with peas dal. You can also make this in advance, if you want to make it in bulk. Cook the dal and crush it and keep. Chop the veggies. Refrigerate. Dont mix it together, since the water from onion can make the batter soggy. Mix everything together just before frying.

 

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  • Mini Antony

    Loved the picture! Those kuppi glasses with the frothy tea…now that reminds me of the Kerala chaayakadas. I grew up on parippu vadas too – they made a great snack on rainy evenings!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Mini! How are you?

      Yeah its really nice to sit and watch rain while having hot parippu vadas n chai!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hiba

    Mariaaaa…I just love the way you write…and for sure ur recipes too…
    and even the pics are classy!! Hats off to u!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a lot Hiba dear! Hope you are doing good.

      Take care..
      Maria

  • Rose

    Hello Maria,

    This pics, parippuvada covered in news paper and tea in KANNADI glass(thats how we call those kinda glass) gives a nostalgic vibe to all SADA mallus out there : )Great Effort Maria .Keep up the good work 

    Cheers

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Rose! How are you? It’s been sometime, right?

      Btw, we too also used to call it kannadi glass :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi Tina,

    Thanks dear! I do hope you get to try this soon :)

    Cheers
    Maria

  • Sharmila Bhattar Naufel

    Dear Maria,

    I searched the whole place looking for your parippu vadai recipe…finally found it…whew!! Trying this weekend…

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Sharmila,

      I just posted it last week dear.. Hope you got to try it and liked it too :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Nidha Moniz

    Hi Maria ,

    Thanks a ton for this recipe..my paripu vadas were always a flop.But your tips came to a rescue this time..n I could make yummy vadas Enjoyed reading the intro too.Keep
    writing and keep posting..
    :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Nidha,

      Thank you very much! I’m really happy to know that this recipe was of help to you :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Anupama titus

    OMG,i can smell the parippu vada at 11.20pm after seeing the snaps in your blog .

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Anupama,

      hehe, I liked your comment very much :) Thank you!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.divyascookbook.com/ Divya Kudua

    Parippu vada with chaya-it cannot get better than this!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hey Divs,

      yeah it’s a super combo! Btw, I was about to msg u today, because I didnt see you in FB much these days, so thought of checking up with you and today morning first thing I saw was your comment :)

      Hope all’s well with you…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Ida

    Nice to see this… incidently i made parippu vada the other day at home, and today i see it in your blog… nice! I did not add jeerakam, so shall try that out next time :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Ida,

      Thank you! yeah try with jeerakam, next time, it gives a diff flavour.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Tom kuruvilla

    thanks for simple and tasty recipes , I’ve tried many recipes of yours and everything was success, chicken stew and korma were amazing at the first time itself , staying in bangalore i was badly missing those tastes of home kitchen .. now i made it here … and let me tell you one thing , your recipes are really practical .. thanks for that .   

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Tom,

      Thank you! Great to know that you try recipes from here regularly. I’m glad that it reminds you of your home kitchen :) Thanks for taking time to share your feedback here.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • vijaya

    Very good recipe, you have given clear instructions.  Tempting………

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Vijaya dear! Please do try it sometime..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • krupa

    Hello maria, you are a superstar in cooking :-) thanks a lot for all these amazin recipes

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      aww, that’s so sweet of you to say that, thanks a bunch dear :)

  • deepa

    hai…maria…. i tried dis,and it vas very nice….if u add little bit coriandel leaf,maks it more tasty

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Deepa and thanks for the tip too :)

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Thanks a bunch Nitha :) Nice to know that you liked them.

    Cheers
    Maria

  • anu

    I think soaking for an hour or half is enough…otherwise dal might absorbs a lot of water and difficult to drain water out of it and shape vada ..
    source:my own experience

  • Sofiya Rehman

    Hi Maria, Can you please increase the DOF (depth of field) while taking the photos so that the entire dish is in focus? I can see only a little bit of the parippuvada :) your photos are great otherwise.

    Regards,
    Sofiya

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Sofiya,

      I’ll try my best :)

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Sofiya,

      I’ll try my best :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Sofiya Rehman

    Hi Maria, Can you please increase the DOF (depth of field) while taking the photos so that the entire dish is in focus? I can see only a little bit of the parippuvada :) your photos are great otherwise.

    Regards,
    Sofiya

  • Sofiya Rehman

    Hi Maria, Can you please increase the DOF (depth of field) while taking the photos so that the entire dish is in focus? I can see only a little bit of the parippuvada :) your photos are great otherwise.

    Regards,
    Sofiya

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  • Shiney

    Hi Maria…how are u doing? Ive grown up eating these yummy vadas that my dad used to make for us on sundays! Was extremely nostalgic today while making it…after having tried my hand at some complicated receipes I thought this one would be a breeze to replicate…but I was so wrong! I adhered to your recipe to the T but somehow my vadas just were not turning brown!!! The oil was hot and the mix was fine too…I just dont know where I went wrong…would you be able to help me pls?
    Btw yours looks exactly how my dad would make them:))..but being truly loyal…I’d say his tastes the best to d ones ive had till date :D your recipes are droolworthy and I keep trying some every now and then…thank you would be a small word for the wonderful job your doing to help so many amateur cooks including me:)) lots of love- Shiney

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Shiney,

      I’m doing good dear, thanks. Sorry to hear that vadas didnt turn out perfect for you :((

      hhmm.. I’m also not sure why it didnt brown if the oil was hot enough, let me check with my mil and get back to you..

      The food cooked by your loved ones tastes the best always by default :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Liza Susan

    Hi maria i love your site and its my top favorite next to facebook.. I know you have to pay for the upkeep of the Site.. But seriously those Ads which keeps redirecting to Play Store is getting on my nerves and makes me visit some other Food Blog instead. Please put the Ads some where on footer or header. Just a humble request from a fellow malayalee and Food lover.. :-)
    P. S parippu vada looks awesome going to make it for the first time in the next week.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Liza,

      Thank you so much! Really good to know MM is one of your fav sites :)

      About the ads, we are sorry for the inconvenience. It was caused by a malware from Google Network.

      We’ve notified the ad network about the same and it should be fixed by now.

      Hope you continue to visit MM regularly and enjoy trying out the recipes. All the best for your parippuvadas :)

      Cheers
      Maria

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