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.

Communism will be the first thought that comes to a Keralites mind when they hear/think about ‘kattan chaaya’ (black tea) and ‘parippu vada’…

You will love to munch these parippu vadas on a rainy day sitting idle in the balcony.

I 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 chilies, 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 a 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 becomes 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.
  • Make sure that the oil is hot enough while frying, otherwise it will break apart while frying.

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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