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Cabbage Fritters (Vada) Recipe

Learn how to make cabbage fritters (cabbage vada).

Learn how to make cabbage fritters (cabbage vada).

Cabbage fritters, popularly known as cabbage vada, are a perfect evening snack for those cold and chilly days. The combination of split chickpeas (Bengal gram), vegetables, and spices give these fritters a unique flavor. It is a sought-after party snack, too.

I used grated carrot, cabbage, onion, and ginger, along with ground chickpeas. All of these ingredients are excellent sources of nutrients, iron, and fiber; hence, eating these delicious appetizers every once in a while will benefit your health in addition to satisfying your snack cravings.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

15 min

25 min

15 fritters


  • 1 1/4 heaped cup split chickpeas (Bengal gram), soaked in water for 2 hours
  • 1/2 cup cabbage, grated or finely chopped
  • 1/8 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/8 cup carrot, grated
  • 1/4 cup curry leaves and coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 3 green chilis
  • 1/4 inch ginger
  • 1 dry red chili
  • oil, for deep frying
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or as per taste


  1. Wash split chickpeas (Bengal gram) in water. Soak in fresh water for 2 hours. Drain the water and set aside.
  2. In a grinder, add soaked chickpeas, dry red chili, green chili, ginger, and salt. Make a coarse or near-smooth paste. Do not add water while grinding. Transfer the paste to a mixing bowl.
  3. In the same bowl, add chopped onion, carrot, cabbage, chopped curry leaves, and coriander leaves. Mix well. Check for salt. Add salt, if needed. The batter should be thick, not watery.
  4. Heat oil for deep-frying. Take a lemon-sized ball of batter in your fingers. Make it round and then flatten into a disc (refer to the picture). Drop the disc into the hot oil. You can fry 7–8 fritters at a time.
  5. Adjust the heat to medium-high. Occasionally turn the fritters, so that they cook uniformly on all sides.
  6. Remove them from the oil when they turn golden brown and place them on a paper towel. Repeat the process for the remaining batter.
  7. Cabbage fritters are ready to serve! Serve them hot with coconut chutney or tomato sauce. Enjoy!