First of all, soak chana dal or bengal gram with dry red chili for 3-4 hours in enough water. Keep it aside.
Meanwhile, prepare the rest of the ingredients.
After 3-4 hours drain all the water and grind chana dal to a coarse paste. It should not very smooth. If few pieces of chana dal remain than no worries. It will give extra crunch after deep frying.
Now in a mixing bowl take all the ingredients together and combine well.
Take the small amount of the mixture and flatten as shown in the pic. Do this with all the mixture. Chana dal vada fritters are ready to deep frying.
Heat oil in a kadhai on medium flame. Start adding these to the hot oil.
Fry them nicely till golden color comes. chana dal vada or masala vada is ready to serve hot with your favorite chutney and tea.
I enjoyed these chana dal vadas with my book and tea as an evening snack.