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Vada & Chutney  


This is an easy recipe for a crispy fried tasty appetizer. It is made with Udad dal which is a white dal. When served hot right out of the kadhai, they literally melt in your mouth. 

It is a great tasty appetizer for a party platter. 

If you like you can make them ahead of time. Place them on a cookie sheet and place in the oven to warm. Serve with spicy coconut chutney. T

  • 1 cups black gram dal (Udad Dal)

  • 21/2 tsp. salt 6 chopped green chillis or according to your taste

  • 1 tsp chopped ginger

  • 12 curry leaves (Kadi patta)

  • 4 tbsp. coconut

  • Oil to fry

  • Soak dal for 4-5 hours. Drain and grind dal with 1-4 tbsp. of water at a low speed for 45 seconds. Stir the mixture in between grinding the paste. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. To make the vadas. Make sure you have wet hands. Take a spoonful of the mixture. Shape into rounds and make a hole in the centre. Slip from the side of the pot into hot oil and fry until golden brown.  Serve with coconut chutney. 


    Coconut Chutney

  • 1 1/2 cups Coconut - fresh or unsweetened coconut

  • 10-12 Green Chilies or according to your taste

  • 2 cm long piece of Ginger

  • 4 petals of Garlic

  • 6 tbsp. Coriander Leaves

  • Salt to taste

  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice

  • Blend all the above ingredients at high speed in a blender adding just enough water to make a thick pouring consistency. 

    To temper the chutney: In 1 tablespoon of hot oil, add 1 1/2 tsp. mustard seed, 1 1/2 tbsp. of chana dal, a few curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida. Add this to the Chutney and mix well.

    Mild Chutney : To make the Coconut Chutney mild mix a dollop of sour cream to make a creamy chutney mix for those of you who like a mild chutney. 

    Store in refrigerator. Serve chilled or at room temperature.



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