Fried Chana Dal Snack recipe | Nei Kadalai | Diwali Snacks recipes

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Roasted Split Chickpea Snack

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  • Yield: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Snack


  • 1 cup Chana dhal (Split Chickpeas / Kadalai Paruppu)
  • Water to soak
  • Oil to deep fry
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 2 Garlic pods
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder (Haldi / Manjal thool)
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida (Hing / Perungaayam)
  • 1 tsp Red Chilly Powder
  • 2 tsp Salt, adjust to taste




I’m spinning here in my kitchen like a ‘diwali sangu chakram’, working on Diwali snacks and sweets for my family and of course for my blog readers, fans, and followers too!




I made my childhood days favorite snack called ’Nei Kadalai’. Made by deep frying the chana dhal and seasoning with curry leaves, garlic, red chili powder and salt. So very easy snack to make for any tea-time. Watch video for the recipe.


How to make Roasted Chana dal | Indian stores snacks recipes





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  • curious2know

    Looks yummy. Your ladle looks like professional cooks utensil. Can you tell me Where did you find the slotted ladle?

    • Hello Curious2know,
      Thank you 🙂
      I got this ladle from my hometown in India. We call it ‘Puli vadikatti’ which translates to ‘tamarind filter’.

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