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Palakottai Vadai Recipe – Jackfruit Seed Fritters

An aromatic and crisp tea time snack using Palakottai.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Snacks
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 12 vadas


  • Chana dal or Kadalai paruppu - 1 cup
  • Palakottai or jack fruit seeds - 20 nos
  • Onion – 1
  • Green chili – 2
  • Whole dry red chilies – 3
  • Fennel or Aniseeds – 1 tsp
  • Ginger – 1/2 inch piece
  • Curry leaf – 1 sprig
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – to deep fry


  • Wash and soak channa dal in water for one hour.
  • Cut the palakottai into 2. Peel the outer thin white skin. Pressure cook palakottai in enough water with 2 pinch salt till soft. I cooked for 3 whistles. Drain water completely and transfer to mixer jar or food processor.
  • To this, add ginger piece and grind it to a smooth paste without adding any water and transfer to a mixing bowl.
  • Drain and grind the channa dal to a smooth paste without adding any water and transfer to the mixing bowl. You can first grind the palakottai and then grind the chana dal in the same jar.
  • Chop the onions, green chili, curry leaves finely and add it to the ground pastes.
  • Add fennel seeds, salt, mix well and make small lemon sized balls and keep it ready.
  • Heat oil in a deep frying pan and when it is hot enough, take each ball, flatten slightly between both your palms and gently drop into the hot oil. Cook 3-4 vadais at a time and do not fill the whole pan with the fritters.
  • Cook till golden brown and drain on a kitchen paper.
  • Palakottai Vadai is ready.
  • Serve hot with tea or coffee.


Do not grind the both palakottai and chana dal together. The palakottai’s texture is a bit sticky when compared to chana dal texture. So grind both separately.
You can also add 2 to 3 garlic while grinding dal.