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. Make small roundels for a cocktail appetizer too.
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As I type this, Mom and Dad are relishing the Parippu Vadas 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!
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 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:
That’s all for now!
Have you had Kerala Parippu Vada? Let me know.
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My theme for the A to Z Challenge this year is ’26 Kerala Dishes that have my heart’, where I would share a multitude of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes from the Spice Capital of the World- Kerala!
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