Cabbage Fritters (Vada) Recipe

Updated on January 4, 2020
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Learn how to make cabbage fritters (cabbage vada).
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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.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 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!

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Ingredients for grindingThe cabbage fritter mixture This is the shape of the uncooked frittersDeep-frying the cabbage frittersCabbage fritters (vada)
Ingredients for grinding
Ingredients for grinding
The cabbage fritter mixture
The cabbage fritter mixture
 This is the shape of the uncooked fritters
This is the shape of the uncooked fritters
Deep-frying the cabbage fritters
Deep-frying the cabbage fritters
Cabbage fritters (vada)
Cabbage fritters (vada)

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 100g
Calories 56
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Carbohydrates 9 g3%
Protein 2 g4%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


Submit a Comment
  • ShailaSheshadri profile imageAUTHOR


    3 years ago from Bengaluru

    Yeah. This is a healthy and tasty snack, perfect for the evening. Try it. All the best!

  • Ashish Dadgaa profile image


    3 years ago


    Wow, this looks delicious. This is ideal for starts or as a bitings. I loved corns so I am sure I will make this soon and cooking time in hardly 30 mins.


    Bless you.


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