AMbode / Dal Wada / Teatime Snack
Ambode , are deepfried fritters made using Bengal gram and lot of spices. It is an addictive , coffeetime or teatime snack.
  • 1 cup - chana Dal (Split and skinned Bengal gram)
  • 3 nos -Green chilli
  • ½ cup - Dill leaves ( cleaned and finely chopped)
  • 1 no - Onion, finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp - Grated fresh ginger
  • A pinch of cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp - Asafoetida
  • 1 tsp - Baking Soda
  • Oil for deep frying
  1. Wash and soak the chana dal for a couple of hours. Drain the water completely.
  2. Heat the oil in a deep kadhai.
  3. Add the dal, greenchillies and salt into a mixer and blend it into a coarse paste ( just pulse the blender. Do not make a smooth paste. Let some dal be still full) do not add any water to blend.
  4. Transfer this to a bowl. Add dill leaves, onion, cinnamon powder, hing and ginger to this and mix well. Make a small lemon size ball and flatten it and fry it on a medium heat. As soon as you put the wadas in the oil, it will start bubbling up. Fry it till the bubbles stop. It should just turn yellow. Do not fry till gold. Drain the oil out and set it aside on paper towel.
  5. Fry all the mixture in the exact same way. Once all the wadas are fried, increase the flame to high. Again fry the wadas for the second time, this time keep an eye on them as the flame is high. Fry till it turns golden.
  6. *instead of Dill leaves, you can use curry leaves or mint leaves. You can also add garlic paste.
Recipe by MADaboutkitchen at