Parippu vada is my favorite indian snack. It is paired best with hot chai! We used to always buy them from a local Malayalee food store. Very recently I started preparing them at home, and realized it was super easy to make this crunchy salty snack! I got this recipe from mariasmenu: https://mariasmenu.com/vegetarian/parippu-vada-lentildal-fritters
· 2 cups chana dal
· 2 medium red onions- finely chopped
· 2 green chillies – thinly sliced
· ½ inch ginger – thinly sliced
· 10-12 curry leaves- finely chopped
· ½ tspn asafoetida
· ½ tspn fennel seeds
· Salt to taste
1. Wash, and soak chana dal for 2-3 hours. Then drain, and pat dry with clean kitchen towel.
2. Keep aside 2 tbspn of dal, and grind the rest to a coarse mix (I grind them all, and inevitably there are some whole dal in the blender).
3. To the ground dal, add all the remaining ingredients from the list.
4. Heat coconut oil in a pan (enough to soak most of a vada). Pickup enough mold to form a small ½ inch radius sphere, and press it between your palms. This will give the shape of a parippu vada. And then tap the edges to close it in, so the raw vada does not fall apart in the oil.
5. Place them one by one into the hot oil. Cook untill the vada gets a dark rich brown hue, and turn it over, and repeat the same on the other side. Once both sides are fully cooked, carefully take it out of the oil.
6. Enjoy these hot vada with hot chai.