Ambode Recipe (Karnataka Style Masala Vada)

Karthika Gopalakrishnan
Ambode Recipe (Karnataka Style Masala Vada)
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Ambode is a Masala Vada prepared during any festive occasion in the region of Karnataka. Ambode is prepared using soaked chana dal with dill leaves. These spicy lentil fritters are a must have for any occasion and a famous street food served across all parts of South India. There are many variations to the masala vada. Ambode is authentically prepared with dill leaves but one can substitute with coriander leaves, mint leaves or curry leaves. They are the best companions for your cup of chai and one cannot just stop with one vada. They serve as great tea time snack and goes well with a plate of your favorite variety rice. Prepare this Ambode in your kitchen and watch as they turn into your family favourite.

Serve Ambode along with Tomato Garlic chutney, Tomato chutney or any other chutney of your choice.

If you like this recipe, you can also try other vada recipes such as

  1. Medu Vada Recipe
  2. Methi Corn Dal Vada Recipe
  3. Cabbage Onion Vada Recipe

Cuisine: Karnataka
Course: Snack
Diet: Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Kadai (Wok)
Prep in

300 M

Cooks in

60 M

Total in

360 M


20 Servings


  • 1 cup Chana dal (Bengal Gram Dal)
  • 1/2 cup Dill leaves , chopped
  • 1/4 cup Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , chopped
  • 1 Onion , finely chopped
  • 6 to 7 Green Chillies , adjustable
  • 1 inch Ginger , finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Rice flour
  • Salt , as required
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • pinch Asafoetida (hing)
  • Oil , for deep frying

How to make Ambode Recipe (Karnataka Style Masala Vada)

  1. To begin making the Ambode recipe, soak Chana Dal in water for about 4 hours or overnight.

  2. Wash the dal thoroughly and grind soaked dal without water into a coarse paste.

  3. In a bowl, add grounded dal, chopped onion, green chilies, turmeric powder, salt, hing, dill leaves and coriander leaves. Combine them together.

  4. Season it with salt. Make small balls out of the dough.

  5. In a wok/kadai, add oil and heat it over the medium flame.

  6. Take a ball in your hand and press them with your hand into small round circles.

  7. Once the oil is hot, add the circles into it and fry until both the sides turn golden in colour.

  8. Ensure you fry the vada over medium heat. Repeat the same for the remaining balls.

  9. Serve Ambode along with Tomato Garlic chutneyTomato chutney or any other chutney of your choice.