Crispy Chickpea Spinach Vada / Palak Keerai Masal Vadai / Spinach patties!!

Masal vadai / Paruppu vadai is the most famous snack & side dish in South Indian cuisine. In this recipe I specially added spinach, this can be substitute with any other greens. Masala vadai can be served with chutney like coconut, mint, coriander etc.,

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Onion – 1 no. (chopped finely)

Spinach – 1 cup (finely chopped)

Cilantro – ¼ cup (finely chopped)

Ginger – 2 tsp (finely chopped)

Green Chilies – 3 (chopped finely)

Hing / Asafoetita – ¼ tsp

Oil for frying

Salt to taste

To Grind;

Chickpea / Kadala Parupu – ½ cup

Sombu / anise seeds – 1 tsp

Garlic – 6 cloves

Jeera/ cumin – 1 tsp

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  • Soak the chickpea for at least 2 hours.

  • Add soaked chickpea, garlic, anise seeds & jeera to the mixie jar & ground it coarsely.

  • Now add green chilies, ginger, onion, salt, hing to the grounded mixture (dal mixture).

  • Make equal size balls & keep aside. Simultaneously, heat the oil in kadai.

  • Shape each ball to flat patties of medium thickness.

  • Deep fry the patties until golden color by flipping both sides on medium flame, until done.

  • Drain the excess oil using paper towel.

  • Serve hot & enjoy it with tea/ coffee with coconut chutney..


Remove moisture from spinach before using it.

Always cook the patties / vada in medium flame.

No need to add water while grinding.

For more crispiness, add rice flour.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Delicious looking vadai’s and healthy too!

  2. Charanya says:

    Pics are drool worthy 🙂

    1. thank u Charanya..

  3. Hmmm just by the look of the pic am drooling and feel like grabbing one….yum yum..

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