Masala vada or chana dal vada is a popular lentil snack from south Indian cuisine. They are made using bengal gram, spices and herbs. It is a street food and is also made in most homes. Masala vadai is served with a chutney.
For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips.
If your air fryer needs preheating, then preheat it for 15 mins at 180 C or 350 F. Place the masala vadas on the rack. I don't brush mine with oil or ghee in the beginning. You may do if it is okay with your air fryer.
Air fry for 10 mins at 180 C or 350 F. Turn them to the other side and air fry for another 6 to 7 mins. Please adjust the time as needed depending on your air fryer. They will turn hard if you over fry them. Once done brush the air fried masala vadas lightly with oil or ghee.