Parippu Vada is a traditional evening snack of Kerala. It is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside and is made with lentils and spices.
Ask me what my favorite 4 o’clock snack with tea is and I would definitely say Parippu Vada. Go to any teashop in Kerala in the evenings, you’d find these hot lentil fritters being served with tea.
As I type this, Mom and Dad are relishing the Parippu Vadas that I just made. Yup. Dad loved my version and he has proudly taken a few to send over to my Aunt who lives next door. “Don’t make it too huge though”, he instructs on his way out!
So, you can always make it smaller in size.
Additional tip: Make way more small roundels to serve as a cocktail appetizer too.
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So what exactly is Parippu Vada?
Parippu Vada is a form of fritters made with lentils, usually chana dal (Bengal Gram or Split Chickpea Lentils) and toor dal(Split Pigeon Peas). These lentils are first soaked for a few hours, ground coarsely, and then mixed with finely chopped onions, ginger, green chilies, and curry leaves. Small balls are made and flattened which are then deep-fried in oil.
Parippu vada, Chaaya (Sweet Milk Tea) and Poovan Pazham (Small ripe bananas) make for a perfect teatime snack.
How to Make Kerala Parippu Vada
Parippu Vada is made with a combination of chana dal (split chickpeas/kadala parippu) and toor dal (split pigeon peas/sambar parippu). The lentils are first soaked for a couple of hours, washed and then strained for another 30 minutes.
It is then coarsely ground. I use the smallest container of a mixer grinder and “pulse” for a couple of seconds, to coarsely grind the dal in batches.
Finely chop shallots, green chilies, dry red chilies, ginger and curry leaves. Mix well.
Combine the coarsely ground lentil and the shallot mixture.
Take a lemon-sized portion of the mixture and flatten it between your palms. Slightly press the sides with your fingers so that remains bulgy in the center and curves outwards.
Fry in hot oil. You can either deep fry or shallow fry on both sides. Serve warm with evening chai.
Kerala Nadan Parippu Vada Recipe:
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