Pandigai Vadai

Pandigai vadai is a traditional South Indian snack made during festive occasions or other celebrations. It is a deep-fried savory snack typically made with bengal gram dal, Thuvar Dal, urad dal (black gram lentils) or moong dal and spices. The batter is shaped into small balls or patties and deep-fried until golden and crispy.

On Festival days, people usually avoid adding onion, garlic, and certain other spices to the dishes. This Vadai, known as “Festival Vadai,” is specifically prepared without onion and garlic.

Pandigai Vadai

Recipe by S Kamala
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Course: SnacksCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Medium


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Learn how to make Pandigai vadai, a traditional South Indian snack made during festive occasions. This is No Onion No Garlic Recipe specially prepared on Festival Days.


  • Bengal Gram Dhal – 3/4 cup

  • Thuvar Dhal – 1/2 cup

  • Urad Dhal – 1/4 cup

  • Red Chillies – 3 to 4 Nos

  • Asafoetida Powder – 1/4 teaspoon

  • Cumin (Jeeragam) – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Fresh Ginger – a small piece

  • Green Chilli – 1

  • Curry Leaves – few

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste

  • Oil – for deep frying


  • Wash and soak the three types of dal in water for approximately 2 hours. Once soaked, drain the water completely.
  • Transfer the soaked dal to a mixer grinder, adding red chillies and salt. Grind the mixture to a coarse paste without adding any water.
  • Finely chop the ginger, green chillies, and curry leaves. Add these to the dal paste along with asafoetida powder and cumin seeds (jeera). Stir the mixture well to ensure all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  • Heat oil in a kadai over medium heat. Take a lemon-sized portion of the dal paste and shape it into a round patty. Make a small hole in the center of the patty. Gently place it in the hot oil and fry until it turns a light brown color.
  • Serve these crispy and delicious dal vadas hot, ideally with chutney or sauce of your choice.

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  1. I need a recipe with more nutrition value?

  2. it is so nice to eat

  3. This is nice to eat

  4. Hi sis, can i prepare the batter the day before and keep it in the fridge and fry the vadai in the next morning pooja? Thanks

  5. Thank you for your imm reply.

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