How to Make Lentil Fritters (Urad Vada) With Pepper

Updated on March 22, 2018
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Anjaneyaru Vada/White Lentil Pepper Vada/Urad Pepper Vada

Crispy, Peppery, and Flavorful Tea-Time Snacks

From the day I tasted these Anjaneyaru vada (urad pepper vada) in a temple, I decided to make these scrumptious vadas at home. This peppery vadas are so tasty that you will go on chewing them. White lentils (urad) and black pepper are the main ingredients to make this.

White lentils are one of the richest sources of protein and vitamin B. For those who do not eat meat or fish, you can use black gram or white lentils to get the high dose of protein and vitamins that the body requires. It is good for women too, as it contains folic acid, iron, calcium, and other minerals.

Pepper improves digestion and cognitive function. It has antibacterial and antioxidant quality. It discourages intestinal gas forming.

Hence, these lentil pepper vadas are not only delicious but they are nutritious as well.

This snack is easy and less time-consuming. You can preserve these vadas for a few days, provided you fry them till they are crispy and moisture less. Serve them with coffee or tea to get a heavenly experience!

Here, I share the detailed recipe of white lentil pepper vada with you.

5 stars for White Lentil Pepper Fritters/Urad Pepper Vada

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 8 vadas

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white lentils(urad dal), soaked in water for about 1 hour
  • 2-3 tbsp rice flour
  • 1/4 tsp hing/asafoetida
  • 2 tbsp black pepper corns
  • 1 1/2 tbsp oil, hot, for the dough
  • 1/3 tsp salt, or as per taste
  • oil for deep frying

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making White Lentil Pepper Fritters/Urad Pepper Vada

  1. Wash urad dal (white lentils). Soak it in water for about an hour. Strain it.
  2. Put the lentil into a mixer/blender. Add half portion of black pepper corns and hing.
  3. Grind together, adding very little water to get a thick, coarse paste. Collect it in a mixing bowl.
  4. Roughly grind the remaining pepper. Add it to the ground paste. Throw in salt. Mix well.
  5. Heat one and a half table spoons of oil in a small pan. Make it very hot. Pour it on the lentil paste.
  6. Mix the contents thoroughly. Don't add any water.
  7. Heat oil for deep frying.
  8. Next, you have to make the vadas. For that, take two plastic sheets.
  9. Apply some oil and splash a little water on one side of both the plastic sheets.
  10. Wet your fingers. Take a lemon-sized dough. make it round.
  11. Place it on one of the greased plastic sheets. Cover it with the another sheet in such a way that the greased side of the plastic touches the dough.
  12. Press the plastic with a flat-based vessel, so that you get a round shaped thin disc. Remove the top plastic sheet. Make a hole in the center of the disc.
  13. Carefully remove the disc and hold in your palm. Immediately slide it into the hot oil.
  14. You can fry two such discs in a batch. Keep the heat medium high in the beginning. Once they become crispy, reduce the heat.
  15. Fry them for a longer time to make them crunchy. In the last stage of frying, increase the heat.
  16. Take them out with the help of a slotted ladle when they turn golden brown. Place them on an absorbent paper sheet.
  17. Repeat the same for making all the vadas. Keep them on the sheet till they become completely cold.
  18. Serve these awesome vadas with tea or coffee.
  19. Store the remaining vadas in an air-tight container. Use them up to 2-3 days fresh in the room temperature.

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Step one: Keep the ingredients ready for making the dough. Grind as per instructions, to get a coarse paste.Step two: Combine the ingredients as per instructions.Step three: Add hot oil.Step four: Mix well to get a pliable dough.Step five: Wet the fingers. Take a lemon-sized dough. Keep it on a greased plastic sheet.Cover it with another greased plastic sheet.Step six: Gently press it with a round cup to get a small thick disc.Make a hole in the center. Take it out with wet fingers.Step seven: Gently slide it into the hot oil. Keep the heat medium-high in the beginning.Reduce the heat once they become slightly golden brown.Make two such vadas in a batch. Fry them till they become very crispy. For that, you have to fry them for a longer time on low heat. Step eight: Take them out when they are completely golden brown.Repeat the same for making all the vadasEnjoy munching these crispy and flavorful vadas whenever you desire! These are the best tea-time snacks.
Step one: Keep the ingredients ready for making the dough. Grind as per instructions, to get a coarse paste.
Step one: Keep the ingredients ready for making the dough. Grind as per instructions, to get a coarse paste.
Step two: Combine the ingredients as per instructions.
Step two: Combine the ingredients as per instructions.
Step three: Add hot oil.
Step three: Add hot oil.
Step four: Mix well to get a pliable dough.
Step four: Mix well to get a pliable dough.
Step five: Wet the fingers. Take a lemon-sized dough. Keep it on a greased plastic sheet.
Step five: Wet the fingers. Take a lemon-sized dough. Keep it on a greased plastic sheet.
Cover it with another greased plastic sheet.
Cover it with another greased plastic sheet.
Step six: Gently press it with a round cup to get a small thick disc.
Step six: Gently press it with a round cup to get a small thick disc.
Make a hole in the center. Take it out with wet fingers.
Make a hole in the center. Take it out with wet fingers.
Step seven: Gently slide it into the hot oil. Keep the heat medium-high in the beginning.
Step seven: Gently slide it into the hot oil. Keep the heat medium-high in the beginning.
Reduce the heat once they become slightly golden brown.
Reduce the heat once they become slightly golden brown.
Make two such vadas in a batch. Fry them till they become very crispy. For that, you have to fry them for a longer time on low heat.
Make two such vadas in a batch. Fry them till they become very crispy. For that, you have to fry them for a longer time on low heat.
Step eight: Take them out when they are completely golden brown.
Step eight: Take them out when they are completely golden brown.
Repeat the same for making all the vadas
Repeat the same for making all the vadas
Enjoy munching these crispy and flavorful vadas whenever you desire! These are the best tea-time snacks.
Enjoy munching these crispy and flavorful vadas whenever you desire! These are the best tea-time snacks.

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