Masala vada is a popular South Indian snack made with chana dal or bengal grams. And its knows as Chattambade in local language of Mangalore city. Basically masala vada is made by soaking chana dal, then grinding coarsely, adding spice and herbs, make a pattie and deep fry.
This is what chattambade was for me 10 years ago until we visited our relative Jammi didi in Sharjah, UAE. She served this version of masala vada and I was awestruck! All she did was, spread the vada mix on bread and deep fried. YES! that’s it and It was so crispy and delicious. Do try this version too when you make regular dal vada.
Prep time : 2 – 3 hours
Cooking time : 10 min
- Chana dal – 1 cup
- Red chilly powder – 1/2 tsp
- Green chilly – 2 , finely chopped
- Curry leaves – few, finely chopped
- Coriander leaves – few. finely chopped
- Ginger – 1/2 inch, finely chopped
- Onion – 1/2 of medium, finely chopped
- salt – to taste
- Bread slices – 4 or 5
- Oil – to deep fry
- Wash and soak the chana dal for 2 – 3 hours.
- Drain the dal and grind coarsely adding just 1 tbsp water. Transfer it into a mixing bowl.
- Add red chilly powder, green chilly, onion, curry leaves, coriander leaves, ginger, salt and mix well.
- Cut the sides of bread, make 2 or 4 equal parts of bread.
- Take little vada mix and spread on the bread and press gently.
- Drop the bread side on hot oil and deep fry for 15 seconds.
- Turn it and fry till other side is golden brown on medium flame.
- Transfer the masala vada to kitchen tissue.
Serve the masala vada toast with ketchup.
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