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Kalmi Vada Recipe

The rains introduce us to monsoon-special snacks from across the country. Today we feature one such delicacy - a Kalmi Vada recipe, popular in west India and enjoyed by everyone!
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Author: Sumangla


  • Potato – 2
  • Chana Dal – 1 bowl
  • Ginger – 1 small piece
  • Green chilli – 1 or 2
  • Eno salt – 1 spoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – for frying


  • Soak the chana dal for 2 hours in warm water. Rinse and grind dal with ginger and green chilli to a coarse paste.
  • Grate potatoes and mix with the dal paste. Add salt to taste.
  • Grease a wide vessel which you're going to make the kalmi vadas in. Heat water in a bigger vessel for steaming.
  • Add the Eno salt to the dal batter and mix well. Transfer the batter to the greased vessel and steam it on a low-medium flame for 20 minutes.
  • Once the steamed mix cools down, cut it into rectangular pieces and store it in the refrigerator till it's time to fry. You can store it for up to two days like this.
  • When it's time to serve, deep fry the vadas in oil and serve with chutney or tomato sauce.