Masal Vadai or Kara Vadai is a famous south Indian dish served in marriages, functions, and also for pooja ,along with payasam.
Gram dhal- 250g; red chilly- 6; cinnamon- 1 piece; cloves- 3; fennel seeds- 1 spoon; ginger- 1 inch; garlic cloves- 5; asafoetida; salt; big onion- 1; curry leaves; coriander leaves; oil to fry.
Soak the dhal for 2 hours; strain the water. Grind it coarsely as shown, along with the masalas. Dont add water for grinding. Add chopped onion, curry, coriander leaves; mix well. Flatten it as shown & deep fry in oil.