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Masala Wada

Masala wada is a made of bengal gram and is a delicacy of South India. It is very simple to make and is an authentic recipe.




  • Bengal Gram/Channa dal (1 1/2 cup)
  • Onion chopped (3/4 cup)
  • Ginger chopped (1 inch)
  • Green chillies (4-5)
  • Fennel seeds (1 tsp)
  • Curry leaves (few)
  • Coriander leaves (chopped, few)
  • Asafoetida (a pinch)
  • Salt as per taste
  • Oil to fry


  1. Soak Bengal Gram/Channa dal in water for 5-6 hours.
  2. Grind them and make a coarse paste.
  3. Add green chillies, cumin seeds, curry leaves, garlic, ginger, coriander leaves, chopped onion, asafoetida powder and mix well.
  4. Make small balls and deep fry in oil.

Masala wada is ready to be served with tomato ketchup.

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4 replies on “Masala Wada”

Hi Veena!
I love how easy your recipes are and that they are authentic. Now that I can watch them on video, I will try to make some. I lived in the Middle East and have visited India a few times and have been missing Puri Bhaji. I did not know how easy it is to make. Do you have a recipe for Masala Dosa? My friend used to make these for me and I love them! Thanks for sharing such wonderful tasting and easy to make recipes.


I dont have masala dosa, but have dosa recipe on my site and also a recipe to make the batter. You could make the batter and the dosa and then stuff the bhaji from puri bhaji in it to create masala dosa. Hope this helps

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