Masala Vada or the Parippu Vada as commonly known in Kerala is a form of fritters made with lentils, usually chana dal (split chickpeas) and toor dal(split pigeon peas). These lentils are first soaked in water for a few hours, ground coarsely, and then mixed with finely chopped onions, ginger, green chilies, and curry leaves. Then a roughly circular and flattened patty made from this mix is deep fried in the oil to form these vadas.
Haldiram’s began as a tiny shop in Bikaner, the land as famed for its savories as for its leather-faced pipe players and fierce warriors. By 1982, Haldiram’s had set up shop in Delhi and the capital had begun to stop by and take note of the savories and sweets. It was word of mouth that grew the business manifold over the next decade till Haldiram’s came to stand for a food company that was synonymous with taste, hygiene and innovation.