Parippu vada – Kerala style

parippu vada
Prepration time:1 Hour
Persons served: 3 Persons
Cuisine: Kerala


  • Toor dal : 1 Cup
  • Red chillies : 3 Nos
  • Ginger : 1 inch piece
  • Shallot : 12 Nos
  • Curry leaves : 1 Sprig
  • Salt : As needed
  • Cooking oil : 1 cup for deep frying

Parripu vada / Dal Vada / Lentil or Dal fritters  is a nadan / traditional evening snack food in Kerala. It is prepared from Toor dal. Parippu vada along with black tea is the combination and its the official food of a Kerala communist 😉 . For every Keralite, parippu vada is a nostalgia. You will love to munch these parippu vadas in a rainy day sitting idle in the balcony. Hope you all will try this and send us your photos and comments.

Parippu vada preparation

  1. Wash the dal thoroughly and soak it for 4-5 hours.
  2. Drain the water completely from the dal with a colander. If any water is remaining the vada will break apart. You can use an absorbent paper for this.
  3. In a mixer, grind the dal into a paste. Do not make it into a fine paste.
  4. Chop and crush the Ginger, Red chillies, Shallots, salt and Curry leaves finely and add it to the mix.
  5. Mix the mixture well.
  6. Roll out small portions of the mixture into lime sized ball and flatten it between the palms to give it shape.
  7. In a deep bottom frying pan pour the oil and heat it. Add the vadas to the oils when it become hot in medium flame. Deep fry the parippu vadas until they become golden brown.
  8. Serve it hot with a cup of Sulaimani (Black tea).


  • In step 5, you can add Asafoetida powder, salt and powdered red pepper for making more tasty parippu vadas.



How would you rate this recipe?

133 votes, 3.84 / 5.00 (76%)
  • says:

    Perfect for monsoon munching 🙂

  • P

    Yes, many of the recipes are very good. Only suggestion is to clean up the English. There are many mistakes.

    • says:

      @Padathra : thanks for the appreciation. We will try to improve. If you find any errors, please use the contact us form on the bottom of any page and bring it into our attention.

  • says:

    Love it, love indian savouries, love indian rojak!

  • F

    Kerala style snacks

  • I

    Thank you chechi … I just tried this recipe.. It came out great.. Thanks especially for the dont add any water line… Pandokke I never got a good shape ,it always broke.. This time success…

    • says:

      @Indzz: Happy to know it came out well for you and thanks for the comments.
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