Kalmi Vada, Rajashtani Kalmi Vada

A perfect accompaniment for tea on a cold winter’s day, this Rajasthani delicacy is also surprisingly very easy to prepare.

Made with a coarsely blended batter of chana dal, perked up with green chillies, onions, dhania seeds, etc., Kalmi Vada has a wonderfully crunchy texture and stimulating flavour, which make it a challenge to stop with one serving!

In order to achieve that ideal texture, you need to make sure the chana dal is ground coarsely and not too finely.

Khamiri Green Peas Puris , Pyaaz ki Kachori and Kanji Vadas are a few other Rajasthani snacks you are sure to relish.

Kalmi Vada, Rajashtani Kalmi Vada

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Kalmi Vada, Rajashtani Kalmi Vada recipe - How to make Kalmi Vada, Rajashtani Kalmi Vada

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     10Makes 10 vadas
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1/2 cup chana dal (split bengal gram) , soaked for 3 hours and drained
1 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tbsp roasted and crushed coriander (dhania) seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds (saunf)
salt to taste
oil for deep-frying

For Serving
green chutney

  1. Combine the chana dal and ¼ cup of water in a mixer and blend to a coarse mixture.
  2. Transfer the mixture into a bowl, add all the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  3. Divide the mixture into 10 equal portions and shape each portion into a 37 mm. (1½”) diameter round, flat vada.
  4. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick kadhai and deep-fry, a few vadas at a time on a medium flame, till they turn golden brown in colour from both the sides.
  5. Serve immediately with green chutney.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per vada
Energy84 cal
Protein2.1 g
Carbohydrates6.3 g
Fiber1.5 g
Fat5.6 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium7.5 mg


Kalmi Vada, Rajashtani Kalmi Vada
 on 29 Apr 18 10:27 AM

good and easy recipe.....
Kalmi Vada, Rajashtani Kalmi Vada
 on 22 Mar 17 12:27 PM

कलमी वड़ा
 on 08 Sep 16 06:40 PM

Tasty wada
Kalmi Vada
 on 29 Jul 16 04:01 PM

A perfect snack or a starter recipe made out of chana dal and spices. I serve these immediately once fried with green chutney on a cold winter day or during monsoon..
Kalmi Vada
 on 29 Jul 16 09:51 AM

Tarla Dalal
29 Jul 16 11:34 AM
   Hi Naresh , we are delighted you loved the Kalmi Vada recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
Kalmi Vadas
 on 10 Oct 14 04:23 PM

Its so simple.. I was looking for a snack recipe and came across this recipe.. Just loved it.. The saunf and coriander seeds add a distinctive taste to the vadas.. They are a bit spicy and tastes super with green chutney..!
Kalmi Vadas
 on 19 Mar 13 04:47 PM

Very easy and tasty vadas... i will definitely make this vadas
Kalmi Vadas
 on 19 Mar 13 03:45 PM

Very easy recipe and damn tasty.....coriander seeds gives very nice flavour...i will definitely make it again during monsoons and have it with my hot cup of tea!!
Kalmi Vadas
 on 19 Mar 13 02:35 PM

Kalmi vadas are deep fried gram dal crispies that can be enjoyed with a fiery green chutney. Taste great and goes well for an evening snack.
Kalmi Vadas
 on 29 Aug 10 09:23 PM

very good expalination for making it. just superb. thanks