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Oats Masala Vadai | Savoury Oats Fritters | Quick Tea time snacks

Oats in a different form. And deep fried delight. Its quite an
oxymoron, isnt it ? Healthy fried delight… Try this out and you would love
it. Oats is a standard ingredient in my grocery shopping and I keep looking for healthier and tasty ways to include it in our diet. 

After Oats Moong Tikki, Oats Upma , Oats Pongaland Oats Dosa, it was time for some indulgence. And what a protein packed and fibre rich snack it turned out to be. Its the Paruppu Vadai  / Aama Vadai (Lentil fritters) but with a
twist.. Suited for parties and potlucks, this goes well with
Coconut Chutney or Green Chutney.  Sending it to Day 6 of April Mega
Marathon here.

Also to Mir who is hosting What’s With My Cuppa

Prep time : 2 hours (soaking) + 15 mins grinding | Fry time : 15 mins | Makes : 20 Vadais

Spice level : Medium

Difficulty level : Easy



Toor Dal / split pigeon pea- 1/4 cup

Channa Dal / Bengal gram – 1/4 cup

Oats – 3/4 cup

Salt – to taste

Fennel seeds (Saunf) – 1/2 tsp

Red chillies – 1 or 2 (adjust spice)

Green chillies –  2 or 3

Onions – 2 medium (finely chopped)

Oil – to deep fry


Soak the Dals with red chillies in
warm water for 2 hours. Drain.

Dry Roast the Oats for 4 – 5 mins just
so they turn warm to the touch. Cool in a wide plate. 

Soak Oats in water for 15 mins before
grinding – the water should be adequate enough to just wet the Oats.

Grind the drained lentils with all
other ingredients except onions and oil to a coarse mixture

Transfer the ground mixture and add
chopped onions and mix well. 

Check for salt and spice level.
Refrigerate for 15 mins.

Meanwhile heat the oil for frying
(approx 2 cups) to medium hot

Make small flat roundels and fry the
roundels (or vadais) till golden brown & crisp

Drain on absorbent paper

Enjoy hot with a cup of tea 




  1. Priya Suresh

    Love love oats in anything, super crispy vadas..Feel like munching some.

  2. I guess it's ok to indulge in deep fried love once in a while..:)

  3. Sanoli Ghosh

    Never made vada with oats, yummy crispy and delicious.


    Healthy and Crispy Dear…

  5. Wahh very protein rich and crisp looking vadas nice color.. yes as valli said once in a while deep fried yummys ok…

  6. Love to add oats sneakily 🙂 This has been in my to do list for a long time now.

  7. wow healthy version of masala vadai 🙂 looks so delicious.. tempting me dear 🙂

  8. Nalini's Kitchen

    nice twist to the regular masala vadas..looks nice and yummy.

  9. Looks healthy and delicious!! 🙂

  10. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    Deep fried goodness that no can resist! Beautiful vadais 🙂

  11. vaishali sabnani

    Lovely dear they are healthy too…oats hai na! …no kidding they look very inviting.

  12. The Pumpkin Farm

    u r soon going to take over for posting the highest number of oats based recipe, this is awesome way to use it, looks nice

  13. Sona - quick picks/pick quicks

    this shud taste great!

  14. Love the addition of oats to masala vada. They look crispy and delicious.

  15. That's like PJ! There are so many oats recipes at her space. I too buy oats, always with an intention to make granola, but almost never make it :(.

    The vadas look super good!

  16. I love the flavor of onions in these vadas. Love it.

  17. Healthy vada, nice idea.

  18. Love the vadas. Love the isea of sneaking in oats.

  19. very tempting and crispy vadas.. superr idea of adding oats in there!!!!
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  20. Suma Gandlur

    That's a smart way to incorporate oats into a traditional dish.

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