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Black Eyed Beans Nuggets / Alasanda Vada (Air Fryer & Stove top)

South Indian style, Vegan, Gluten free appetiser, rich in Protein, Iron & Fibre. Recipe below has both Air Fryer and Stove Top methods with step wise pics, tips.

Recipe Cooked, Photographed and Written by Praveena

PrepTime:15 mins   CookTime:15 mins   Cuisine: Indian


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Black-eyed beans nuggets / alasanda vada, is my second best favourite ( first one is Masala Vada / Lentil Masala Nuggets) among the nuggets made with beans / lentils. Both these recipes are specialities of my native, Andhra (South Indian state).

These are very much luring, and have a brilliant taste with a crunchy outer part and soft inside. Black-eyed beans / Alasanda / Lobia are rich in iron, protein & fibre. Added to this using an air-fryer makes these nuggets GUILT-FREE too!! 

Possible Alterations for the recipe, ‘Alasanda Vada / Black Eyed Peas Crispy Nuggets’:

Using Canned / Tinned Black Eyed Beans: This recipe doesn’t need boiling the beans. I did use only soaked beans. The can/tin beans are already boiled. You can still use them, just by draining all the water from the can.

Other herbs to add: Fresh Mint Leaves, Fresh Parsley leaves, Methi / Fenugreek leaves are the other herbs that can be added in the place of coriander/cilantro.

Using other beans: Other beans like red kidney beans, black beans, works best for this recipe.

No Onion – No Garlic options: I did try the same recipe without adding onions, garlic. They turned great.

To bake in an Oven: Yes, bake them in a conventional oven, at the same temperature (200C or 390F) and procedure as that of an air-fryer.

Oil Free / WFPB options: This is possible only in the air-fryer method. The below picture shows the nuggets / vada made in an air fryer, without even brushing / using any oil.

black eyed peas nuggets made in air fryer. wfpbno nuggets recipe.
Black eyed beans nuggets / Alasanda Vada made in an Air Fryer, without using any oil.
Alasanda Vada / Black Eyed Peas Nuggets made using the stove top method, perfectly cooked inside.

Other Nugget / Vada recipes from my blog:

These, Black-eyed beans nuggets / Alasanda vada, can be called as siblings to these nugget recipes that I posted before. 

Before starting to cook, don’t forget to see the Tips mentioned at the end. 

Other Snack recipes here⇒  Starters / Snacks

Other Air-fryer recipes here⇒  Air – Fryer Recipes

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black eyed beans nuggets / alasanda vada / lobia vada. Air fryer South Indian Andhra appetiser for Kids, travel. Vegan, Gluten free, no soy, no nuts.

Ingredients:

  • Black-eyed beans / Alasanda / Lobia – 1 cup (dry)
  • Green chillies – 3 (finely chopped)
  • Fresh Coriander Leaves / Stems – handful (finely chopped)
  • Salt – ½ teaspoon
  • Whole Cumin / Jeera – 1 tablespoon
  • Ginger / Allam – 1 inch piece (finely chopped)
  • Onions – 1 medium (finely chopped)
  • Turmeric Powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Rice Flour / Biyyappindi – 2 tablespoons
  • Pepper Powder / Miriyam Podi – 1 teaspoon
  • Water – 3 cups
  • Cooking Oil – 2 cups (for deep fry)
  • Oil spray – 1 tablespoon (for air-frying)
  • Garlic Pods – 3 (finely chopped) (optional)
  • Kasuri Methi / Dry Fenugreek Leaves – 1 tablespoon (optional)

Special Ingredients:

  • Green chillies
  • Rice Flour / Biyyappindi
black eyed beans nuggets / alasanda vada / lobia masala vada.

Step wise pics Procedure for ‘Black eyed beans Nuggets / Alasanda Vada / Lobia Vada’:

PREP WORK:

soaking the black eyed peas for making nuggets in air fryer and stove top.
Wash the Black-eyed beans / Alasanda for 3-4 times, and soak them in water overnight or for 6 to 7 hrs. Strain the water, take the beans / alasanda into a blending jar and make a coarse paste. Add 4-5 tablespoons of water ONLY if required.
ingredients ready for making lobia masala nuggets in air fryer, stove top.
In a mixing bowl, take the all the ingredients as shown (except oil and water).
making the nugget / vada batter into shapes while making south indian style alasanda vada / lobia masala vada recipe.
Mix everything gently and make the batter ready. Make small balls with the batter. Then press each ball into flat patties with your thumb finger. You can, put a hole at the centre for even frying.

STOVE TOP METHOD FRYING:

Put a frying pan, add enough of cooking oil (for deep frying), on stove top under high flame.
stove top method frying of andhra alasanda vada recipe.
When the oil is hot enough, gently drop the nuggets / vada into oil. Fry them on one side for 2-3 mins and then flip them back to fry, until they turn golden brown.

AIR FRYER METHOD FRYING:

placing the nugget patties in an air fryer while making alasanda vada / black eyed beans nuggets recipe.
Brush the base of air-fryer with oil / use an oil-spray throughout. Place nugget patties over it. Cook for 8-9 mins on one side, at 200ºC / 390ºF
just before taking the nuggets out of the air fryer, while making black eyed peas nuggets.
Gently flip to the other side, give a bit of oil-spray and fry for 4-5 mins more, at same temperature.
black eyed beans nuggets / alasanda vada. Air fryer South Indian Andhra appetiser for Kids, travel. Vegan, Gluten free, no soy, no nuts.
Perfectly cooked nuggets / vada.

Tips:

  • Add the ingredients in the list, as per your availability.
  • Don’t worry if you have soaked the beans for more time than required. 
  • Adjust the salt and spice as per your taste.
  • The oil for deep frying must be perfectly hot, to test this just drop a small blob of batter into the oil and check .
  • For air-fryer method, make the patties with a hole in the middle, for even frying.
  • Storage:
  • You can store the batter or patties in the refrigerator/freezer and fry them when needed.
  • The fried nuggets / vada stay good for up to 2 days at room temperature (or) can be stored in fridge but are to be reheated in microwave before serving.

Result:

  • These, black-eyed beans nuggets / alasanda vada, are crispy on the outside and soft from inside.
  • Its a complete power packed appetiser and can be a made a meal when accompanied with healthy salad. 
  • We had them without any condiment and they tasted brilliant.
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Black-eyed beans Nuggets / Alasanda Vada (Air-Fryer & Stove-top)

VegCookBook by Praveena
South Indian style, Vegan, Gluten free appetiser, rich in Protein, Iron & Fibre. Recipe below has both Air Fryer and Stove Top methods with step wise pics, tips.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack, Starter
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 10 nuggets / vada

Equipment

  • Blender / Mixie.
  • Frying pan (for stove-top method)
  • Air-Fryer for air-fryer method
  • Wide Mixing Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Black-eyed beans / Alasanda / Lobia (dry)
  • 3 count Green chillies  (finely chopped)
  • 1 handful Fresh Coriander Leaves / Stems (finely chopped)
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Whole Cumin / Jeera
  • 1 inch piece Ginger / Allam (finely chopped)
  • 1 medium Onion (finely chopped)
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons Rice Flour / Biyyappindi
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper Powder / Miriyam Podi
  • 3 cups Water
  • 2 cups Cooking Oil (for deep frying)
  • 1 tablespoon Oil Spay (for air frying)
  • 3 count Garlic Pods (finely chopped) (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Kasuri Methi / Dry Fenugreek Leaves (optional)

Instructions
 

PREP WORK:

  • Wash the Black-eyed beans / Alasanda for 3-4 times, and soak them in water overnight or for 6 to 7 hrs
  • Strain the water, take the beans / alasanda into a blending jar and make a coarse paste.
    Add 4-5 tablespoons of water ONLY if required.
  • In a mixing bowl, take the all the ingredients as shown (except oil and water).
    Mix everything gently and make the batter ready.
  • Make small balls with the batter. Then press each ball into flat patties with your thumb finger. 
    You can, put a hole at the centre for even frying.

STOVE-TOP METHOD FRYING:

  • Put a frying pan, add enough of cooking oil (for deep frying), on stove top under high flame.
  • When the oil is hot enough, gently drop the nuggets / vada into oil.
  • Fry them on one side for 2-3 mins and then flip them back to fry, until they turn golden brown.

AIR-FRYER METHOD FRYING:

  • Brush the base of air-fryer with oil / use an oil-spray throughout. Place nugget patties over it. 
  • Cook for 8-9 mins on one side,at 200ºC / 390ºF.
    Gently flip to the other side, give a bit of oil-spray and fry for 4-5 mins more, at same temperature.

Notes

Please see the MAIN POST for recipe with step wise PICS & TIPS!
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6 comments

  1. I just tried your air-fryer recipe. Turned out great! I follow your Facebook page as well, you have such great recipes! Would highly recommend to anybody wanting to try something new.

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