This crispy vada is our family favorite. Vadas are nothing but South Indian style fritters. They are mostly made of different varieties of dal. This particular vada recipe has a unique taste coming from the fresh green bell peppers & peanuts. The combination of both these with gram dal might seem odd, but believe me, they taste too good (even if this requires just a handful of ingredients) ! So here goes…

Capsicum Vadas

Crispy dal and capsicum fritters!

  • 1.5 cups bengal gram (split (chana dal))
  • 2-3 fresh green chillies (or more of course if you want it spicy)
  • a pinch of asafoetida/ hing (optional)
  • salt to taste
  • 2 medium capsicum
  • 1/4 cup peanuts/ groundnuts
  • oil to deep fry
  1. Wash the dal & soak for an hour or so. Drain & then grind it in a mixer coarsely along with salt, chillies, hing without adding water. You need to get a thick paste/ batter here. Do not grind to a fine paste. You need to retain some bits of the dal to get crispy vadas
  2. Finely chop the capsicum into tiny bits. Roast the groundnuts & cool a bit & grind to a almost fine powder. You can leave it slightly coarse.
  3. Transfer the thick batter into a mixing bowl & add the capsicum, powdered groundnuts. Adjust the salt.
  4. Take a small portion of the batter & flatten a bit & deep fry in hot oil over medium flame till golden brown. You can fry 5-6 vadas at a time depending on the size of you frying pan. Drain on absorbent paper & serve hot!
  5. This vada/ fritter is perfect as an evening snack or as accompaniment to rice meals!


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