Paruppu Vada,Chana dal fritters,Snack,Tea time Snack,Easy ,Indian,vegetarian,Gluten free,
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Paruppu Vada/ Chana Dal Fritters

Paruppu Vadai / Chana Dal  Fritter is a famous South Indian Tea time snack. Here I show you to make these in a healthy version using Dash Compact Air Fryer.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Soaking Time2 hrs
Total Time40 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Chana Dal Fritters, Fritters, Paruppu Vada, Snack, Tea time
Servings: 10 Nos
Author: Lathiya Shanmugasundaram


  • 1/4 Cup Onions Finely Chopped
  • Coriander Leaves/ Cilantro As required
  • 1/4 Tsp Fennel Seeds
  • Salt As Required
  • Oil To Brush

To Grind Coarsely

  • 1/2 Cup Chana Dal/ Kadal Paruppu Soaked for 1 -2 Hrs
  • 2 Nos Green Chili
  • 1/4 Inch Ginger


  • Grind all the ingredients under 'To grind' coarsely without and water. Few Dals can be visible.
  • Remove it to a bowl.
  • Add  other ingredients except oil to the ground dal.
  • Mix it with your hands. Take a small lime sized portion and flatten it slightly in your palm. Transfer it to the plate.
  • Repeat with the remaining dal mixture. Brush all the vadas with oil.
  • Set the air fryer for 400 Deg F. Pre heat for 2 minutes.
  • Arrange the vadas in the air fryer basket. Do not crowd the basket. Leave little space between the vadas for the air circulation. Mine did occupy 5 vadas in one batch. ( Depends on the size of the vadas)
  • Slide the basket into the Air fryer and set time to 15 minutes. Flip the vadas twice to get it cooked crisp.
  • Once the timer ends, remove vadas from the basket. So it doesn't gets over cooked.
  • Repeat till you done with all vadas. Serve warm with your favorite chutney.


  1. The given quantity of ingredients is sufficient t make 8 - 10 vadas depending on the size.
  2. I found pre heating the air fryer helps to cook the dish crisp.
  3. The vada stayed crisp for more than 5 -6 hours as I made these in afternoon and my husband had it in the evening.
  4. Adjust spice by adding or reducing green chili.
  5. Do not expect the deep fried result in air fried dishes.