Lemongrass Dal Vada

South Indian food teams really well with typical Southeast Asian ingredients. Here, we are giving this classic south Indian dish a fresh twist by adding lemongrass, a popular Southeast Asian ingredient, and by serving with a red curry dip.  

Chase the flavors

Serves 2-3

Prep time 10 Minutes

Cooking time 10 Minutes


Channa dal - 1/2 cup

Masoor dal - 1/2 cup

Onion - 1

Garlic - 3 cloves

Ginger - 1 knot

Dry red chilli - 2

Fresh green chilli - 1

Lemongrass - 1 stalk

Coriander - 2 tbsp

Curry leaves - handful

Rice flour - 2 tbsp

Red chilli powder - 1 tsp

Cumin seeds - 1 tsp

Oil for frying


1) Soak the 2 types of dal for at least 2-3 hours and coarsely grind them.

2) In a mixing bowl, mix the dal along with chopped ginger, garlic, onion and both the chillies.

3) Hand crush the fried curry leaves and add them into the bowl.

4) Finely chop the lemongrass and add it as well.

5) Chuck in the cumin seeds and mix properly.

6) Gradually add in the cornflour till the texture has a binding consistency.

7) Finally, mix in the fresh coriander, salt and pepper.

8) Make small round patties and squeeze them in your palms making the edges comparatively thinner.

9) Deep fry till golden brown and serve hot.

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