Monsoon season has announced its arrival in a grand way. With most of the regions in North India experiencing rains, people have finally heaved a sigh of relief from the scorching summer heat. Making some crispy snacks to enjoy rainy days is a monsoon ritual. We bring to you a unique Masoor Dal Vada recipe that you can make with just a handful of ingredients. Masoor Dal is usually not liked by many people, so this recipe is a tasty way to utilise this dal. Be it kids or adults, everyone will love this recipe for sure. Prepared in less than 30 minutes, this vada recipe is not deep-fried, which makes it comparatively healthy. We have shallow-fried these vadas in just 4 tbsp oil. In this recipe, we have used sliced onions to make vadas which complements the flavours of the vada in the tastiest way possible. Masoor Dal Vadas makes a wholesome snack when paired with mint chutney and a piping hot cut of chai. Pakoras, Bread Pakoras, Bhajias are staple monsoon snacks, but if you wish to try something new this rainy season, then bookmark this crispy vada recipe. Do try this recipe, rate it and let us know how it turned out to be by leaving a comment in the section below. 

Masoor Dal Vada

Ingredients of Masoor Dal Vada

  • 1 cup masoor dal
  • 2 green chilli
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 4 tablespoon mustard oil
  • 4 garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • salt as required
  • 2 tablespoon coriander leaves

How to make Masoor Dal Vada

Step 1 Soak masoor dal Wash masoor dal 3-4 times and then soak it in a bowl of water. Let it stay soaked for about an hour.

Step 2 Make a dal paste Drain the water and add masoor dal to a blender. Add garlic cloves, ginger, green chillies along with a little bit of water. Blend well to make a thick and smooth dal paste.

Step 3 Slice the onion Now slice the onions into thin and long slices.

Step 4 Season the dal mixture Take out the dal paste into a bowl. Add salt, black pepper powder, cumin powder, chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Also mix in sliced onions.

Step 5 Fry the dal vadas Heat mustard oil in a non-stick pan. Now scoop out some dal mixture using a spoon and drop it into the pan. Gently, press it down but don’t flatten it much. The vada should still retain its circular shape. Shallow fry all the vadas from both sides until golden brown in colour and crispy in texture.

Step 6 Ready to be served Your scrumptious ​Masoor Dal Vadas are now ready to be served. Enjoy!


Pair up Masoor Dal Vadas with green mint chutney for the best combo.