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Hispanic Heritage Month Recipes

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Each year, from September 15 to October 15 Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. Last year - 2021 was especially significant because it was the 200th anniversary of Costa Rican Independence from Spain. Here are a few traditional & unique Latin American recipes you may want to add to your menu: 

Masala Vada (Fritters)

I know I've mentioned my love of vada (Mixed Veggie, Corn &Cabbage) before so sharing this tasty recipe for Masala Vada won't be a shock! These simple and quick gluten-free patties are deliciously spicy with just the perfect amount of crisp and crunch. It's great as a snack or a side dish. These tasty ones really showcase the mix of dals which gives them their great crunch, while balancing the spice from the red onions and chilies!

Here is my recipe:

Masala Vada Emily (Cooking for Kishore)


Masala Vada
  • 1/4 cup Toor dal
  • 1/4 cup Urad dal
  • 1/4 cup Chana dal
  • 1Red Chili, dried
  • 1 small Red Onion, chopped
  • 4 Curry Leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Green Chili, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Asafoetida Powder (Hing)
  • 1 tsp Garlic Ginger Paste
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Vegetable Oil


  1. Soak the mixed dals in 3 cups water for at least an 1hr. Then drain off the water completely and run the soaked dal through a food processor till it resembles a coarse batter.
  2. Add the red chili, green chili, curry leaves, onion, garlic ginger paste, asafoetida, salt, and cilantro to the batter and mix throughly.
  3. Heat oil to medium high heat. Form round patties about a 1/2" thick and fry in the oil till gold brown and crisp on each side.
Yield: 10-15 Servings
Prep Time: 1 hrs.
Cook time: 20 mins.
Total time: 1 hrs. 20 mins.
Tags: Masala Vada, Masala Vadai, Gluten free, South Indian Snacks, South Indian Snack Recipes, how to make vadasnacks from around the world, andhra masala vada, chana dal vada, Paruppu Vadai,  ugadi, ugadi dishes, vada, vadai, vegan, Vegetarian


  1. These masala vada is one of my south Indian snacks, and you have made them so well. Thanks for linking it to my MLLA 121.


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