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This is a simple South Indian style recipe by one of our Guest Chefs, Sheba Promod founder of Absolute Indian.

Sheba is on a journey to share the many different flavours of South Indian food with others.

Parippu vada is a savoury snack, which can be enjoyed at any time of the day and goes really well with a hot cuppa!  These lentil fritters are crunchy, mildly spicy and somewhat meaty in their texture.  This quick and easy recipe is made from a combination of sweet and spicy flavours.

Parippu Vada (lentil fritters)
Parippu Vada (lentil fritters)

How to Make Parippu Vada (lentil fritters)

Serves 2-3

Using a food processor, grind the soaked and drained channa dal until it resembles a coarse crumb like texture (NOT a paste)

In a large bowl, add all the ingredients including the ground dal and combine. Leave this aside for 15-20 mins (to allow the moisture from all the ingrediants to blend, making it easier to form the vada patties)

To make the vadas, make a ball (slightly smaller than a golf ball) from the mixture and then flatten using the palms of your hand

Heat the oil in a deep pan until at boiling temperature

Now carefully drop the balls in the pan which should turn golden brown within 2-3 minutes (these can be fried in batches of three to four depending on the size of your pan)

Then serve immediately with a choice of your favourite sauce

These tasty little snacks can be served with a range of different dips like all the old time favourite tomato ketchup, chilli or mint sauce.

Ingredients for Parippu Vada (lentil fritters)

1 cup channa dal (soaked for at least 4 hours beforehand)

2 x green chillies, finely chopped

3 x shallots, finely chopped

1 ½ x teaspoon minced ginger

½ x teaspoon asafoetida

1 teaspoon salt

10-12 curry leaves, roughly chopped

oil for deep frying

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