Saturday, December 31, 2011

Chattambade, Masala Vada (Bengal Gram Fritters)

Chattambade is a very popular snack in coastal region of Karnataka. It is very crispy as well as tasty. It is very easy to make and doesn't demand special ingredients or skills. My amma used to make this when we were kids. I tried making this for the first time and loved it. The best thing about this is it tastes good even if served cold. Enjoy making this simple snack.

  • Bengal gram/Chana dal- 1 cup
  • Dry red chillies- 2-3
  • Green Chilli- 1-2
  • Grated Coconut, Fresh/frozen- 1-2 Tbsp*
  • Curry Leaves- Few
  • Asafoetida- 2 pinches
  • Whole pepper/Peppercorns-1/4 tsp
  • Salt- To taste
  • Oil- For deep frying
*If using fresh coconut, then you can also add few small pieces of coconut instead of grated coconut.


Soak Chana dal in water for two hours. Drain out the water completely. Now grind this coarsely along with dry red chillies and pepper (Don't add water, while grinding. Don't worry, if there are few whole chanadal). Transfer this into a dry bowl and to this add chopped green chillies, chopped curry leaves, coconut-grated or pieces, asafoetida and salt. Mix well. Mixture is ready. Now divide this mixture into 12 portions (or lesser than this).

Now flatten these balls, between the palm to get a flat disc. Repeat this to all the balls of the mixture.

Deep fry these discs on a medium-high flame, until they turn light brown and crispy.

Drain them on a paper towel. Chattambade is ready!!

Serve it hot. Above measurement serves 3-4 people.

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