Lentils and Brown Rice Vadai
Commonly sold as a street snack or in Indian food stalls across Malaysia and Singapore, this savoury fried snack is packed with spices and absolutely delicious. We like to think of it as a savoury donut! The word ‘Vadai’ usually indicates a range of Indian style fried savoury snacks. Other names for it is vadai, vade, wada and wadeh. To make this snack a little healthier, we’ve incorporated brown rice into this recipe. Making vadai is easier than it looks, but it does needs a bit of planning ahead as you need to soak the dhal and rice for 2 hours beforehand. This will soften it and make it easier to blend later. Makes approximately 15 portions.


  500 g dhal
  160 g cooked brown rice
  1 tbsp rive flour
  4 green chillies
  100 g shallots, chopped
  30 g coriander
  2 sprigs curry leaves
  20 g trans fat free shortening
  8 g bicarbonate of soda
  salt to taste
  Carotino oil, for deep-frying



Soak dhal and rice in water for 2 hours.


Blend with rice flour, chillies, shallots, ginger, coriander, curry leaves and just a little bit of water to form a mixture which is neither too soft nor too runny.


Add remaining ingredients and combine well.


Season to taste with salt.


Coat the palms of your hands with a little oil and form 120 gram balls. Form a hole in the centre of each.


Heat oil in a large frying pan. Gently lower patty into oil, and reduce heat to medium.


Deep fry the patties, flipping them over gently in between cooking, until they are golden brown and crispy. Drain on greaseproof paper to allow excess oil to run before serving.