Paruppu and oats vada/Fried lentil patties

Masala vada with a little spin!

1 p vThe weather has been wonderful, not too hot and pleasant to everyone’s satisfaction. That prompted me to go wild and soak in the goodness of the Sun and feel its bliss. So excuse me! Last week I did not post much because of this silly reason. Oh come on, let me blame it on the weather and not my laziness.Ā  Summer has its share of other attractions like travel, visitors, parties and shopping. Food that needs less preparation or eating out has been the norm lately.

Parties being the part of the game, I schedule all my invites to the summer months. When guests come, I have a stash of vadas that can be made earlier at leisure and frozen. Reheated, they are crispy finger food/starters for any occasion along with a welcome drink. It works like a charm!

There are two kinds of vadas, the urad dhal/black lentil and the channa dhal/chick pea vadas. For some strange reason, Urad vada also called Methu vada is far more favoured by many. It can be soaked in curd/yogurt and other preparations like sambar and rasam. It can also be served with breakfast or lunch and can be eaten just dipping them in chutney.

Masala vada, split chick peas vada is made by adding spices and doesn’t need any accompaniment but would be tastier with chutney. I have rarely seen people say ‘no’ to these vadas. I normally buy them for an in-car snack while on an afternoon drive.

I can swear that the tastiest vadas I have eaten are from the corner of our street in Coimbatore. There was an old lady just like in the fable, making vadas in a most unhealthy junction of the street. Did they taste yum? If I cannot forget those vadas after all these decades, then you can easily deduce!

I made these by adding a little oat meal for a change. Why? A bit more nutrition conscious, hehe! These vadas with the addition of green leaves like spinach or methi, are called Keera vadas.

lentil vadaIngredients

  • 1 cup channa dhal/split chick peas
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 2 green chillies
  • small piece ginger
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • salt
  • 1/2 medium red onion
  • few curry leaves
  • few coriander leaves
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  1. Wash channa dhal andsoak for at least 4 hours.
  2. Add chillies, curry leaves, chopped onion and ginger to the drained split chick peas.
  3. Crush those in a blender to a coarse mixture without adding any water.
  4. Let there be some some dhal not crushed to provide an appealing texture.
  5. Add oats, salt, fennel seeds and chopped coriander leaves and mix well.
  6. Make the mixture into small balls and flatten them by patting with the fingers.
  7. Heat oil to a smoking point and slide the patties carefully into the hot oil one at a time.
  8. Fry a batch of 5 vadas at one time as more patties will lower the oil temperature.
  9. Lower to medium heat and cook on both sides by gently turning the patties.
  10. Serve them piping hot with tea.



1 vadThese vadas turn crispy on the outside and retain the soft cooked dough inside. I love this for the crunch as it a comfort snack and the best street food.

Tea shops sell them as an evening snack with tea or coffee. It is also an all time snack in South India. There are many hard core fans for this vada. I am one! You never know if you will be addicted too. So take a spicy bite!


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26 Responses to Paruppu and oats vada/Fried lentil patties

  1. chinskitchen says:

    yummy, i love lentil vadas especially with coconut chutney hmmm now you making me want some…


  2. Adding oats to paruppu vadai s grt twist.. Crispy vada looks delucious


  3. Deena Kakaya says:

    I like that you’ve got such a light texture using oats! They look great in green too x


  4. Meena Kumar says:

    Oh I am back after drooling at the chakkaappam and black rice payasam ,those look so perfectly made Sridevi.I am not a fan of oats but in the form of vada I am in anytime šŸ™‚


  5. My dad’s favourite. My memories of the best paruppu vada is at Renigunta Junction. God thing the train stopped there for 20 mins because you could go back for seconds.


  6. apsara says:

    lovely twist to the masala vada!


  7. These look soooo good!!


  8. Shruti says:

    Absolute divine!!! Cant ask for more if I get a plate full of these fritters… Yours look delicious šŸ™‚


  9. coconutcraze says:

    Yes, I have that temptation to eat without counting but it is embarrassing to say this…they are a bit gassy. šŸ™‚


  10. Amanda says:

    These look so flavorful. I totally see why you’d entertain with these in the summer!


  11. coconutcraze says:

    This snack is just like falafel, protien packed.


  12. Like the use of oats for sure! Next time when I make this, I will add this twit.


  13. Balvinder says:

    How did I miss this lovely recipe? I love all types of vadais. I love your twist of adding oats.


  14. ‘these look delicious! ‘Will have to give them a try.


  15. coconutcraze says:

    They are really delicious. Thanks for stopping by!


  16. mmmarzipan says:

    Oh I totally want these!!!


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