Masala wada (crisp-fried lentil snacks)

India is a nation of national munchers - these crisp lentil snacks made by Chef Rasheed are a South Indian favourite
Masala wada (crisp-fried lentil snacks)
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  • Serves: 3
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: easy



  • 100 g split Bengal gram lentils, soaked in water for 3 hours and drained
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 dried chilli, chopped
  • 6 curry leaves, chopped
  • 1 piece ginger, (2cm)grated
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds, oasted
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying

Tips and Suggestions

Bengal gram is also sold in Asian grocers and health food shops as chana dal.


1. Coarsely grind the drained lentils in a food processor or pound them in a mortar and pestle. The lentils should have a bit of texture and not be completely smooth. Tip them into a mixing bowl.

2. Add the shallots, green and red chillies, curry leaves, ginger and fennel seeds. Mix well and using your hands, shape the mixture into 3 cm diameter patties.

3. Deep fry in hot oil until crisp. Drain on absorbent paper and serve straight away with a dollop of Indian chutney.

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