Sundari’s South Indian Dal Fritters Recipe

Sundari Chennai South Indian Dal Fritters Our Chennai host, Sundari is bringing you the recipe for a delicious and popular South Indian tea-time snack, dal fritters. Made with chickpeas and deep-fried to crispy perfection, dal fritters provide the health benefits of chickpeas along with the renowned tastiness of fried foods. Keep reading for a taste of traditional South Indian cuisine enjoyed straight from your own kitchen. Thank you Sundari!

dal fritters

South Indian Dal Fritters


1 1/2 cups (250g) split chickpeas (chana dal)
2/3 cup (100g) of red onions, chopped into long thin slices
2 dried red chilies
1 teaspoon of fennel seeds
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup (25g) of cilantro (coriander) leaves, chopped finely
2 strings (10g) of curry leaves, chopped finely
1 1/4 cup (250g) of oil for frying


Wash the split chickpeas (chana dal) and soak in water for 1 hour. Transfer them to a sieve to drain the water from the soaked dal.

Add the split chickpeas, red chilies, fennel seeds and salt to grinder (Don’t have access to a wet grinder? Check out this article for more information on this helpful appliance used to make curry paste, chutneys, and more). Grind into a coarse consistency without adding water. Transfer this mixture to a mixing bowl. Mix in cilantro leaves, onions, and chopped curry leaves.

Heat the oil in a deep frying pan. Using your palm, shape the mixture into round patties (see picture). Gently slide the rounds into the oil.

Fry five fritters at a time on medium high heat. Constantly turn over the patties to ensure even frying. When they turn crispy and golden brown, remove them from the pan. Place them on a paper towel to drain excess oil.

Serve up the dal fritters with ketchup or South Indian coconut chutney. Enjoy!

For a traditional Tamil Brahmin experience that is perfect for vegetarians looking to add innovative dishes to their cooking and eating repertoire, visit Sundari in Chennai today.

Sundari’s South Indian Dal Fritters Recipe