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Black-eyed beans Nuggets / Alasanda Vada (Air-Fryer & Stove-top)

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Recipe Cooked, Photographed and Written by Praveena

PrepTime:15mins  CookTime:15mins   Cuisine:Indian

Black-eyed beans nuggets / alasanda vada, is my second best favourite ( first one is Masala Vada / Masala Fritters) among the nuggets made with beans / lentils.

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!! 

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

  1. Medu Vada / Minapa Gaarelu
  2. Mung Dal Nuggets / Pesarapappu Vada (Air-Fryer & Deep-Fry)
  3. Masala Vada / Nuggets
  4. Red Kidney Beans Nuggets / Rajma – Masala Vada / Fritters
  5. Bell Pepper – Lentil Fritters / Capsicum Punugulu

My other Snack recipes here⇒  Starters / Snacks

My other Air-fryer recipes here⇒  Air – Fryer Recipes

Related Posts⇒

  1. Black-eyed Beans Salad / Alasanda Guggillu
  2. Spinach & Black-eyed Beans Saute

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  • Black-eyed beans / Alasanda / Lobia – 1 cup
  • 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

Step wise pics Procedure:

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.

black-eyed beans nuggets / alasanda vada

In a mixing bowl, take the all the ingredients as shown (except oil and water).

black-eyed beans nuggets / alasanda vada

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.


black-eyed beans nuggets / alasanda vada

Put a frying pan, add enough of cooking oil (for deep frying), on stove top under high flame.

black-eyed beans nuggets / alasanda vada

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.


black-eyed beans nuggets / alasanda vada

Brush the base of air-fryer with oil / use an oil-spray throughout. Plate nugget patties over it. Cook for 8-9 mins on one side,
at 200ºC / 390ºF

black-eyed beans nuggets / alasanda vada

Gently flip to the other side, give a bit of oil-spray and fry for 4-5 mins more, at same temperature.

Perfectly cooked nuggets / vada.


  • Add the ingredients in the list, as per your availability.
  • Don’t worry if you have soaked the beans for more time than required. 
  • Do not throw away the soaked water. Use them while kneading chapati dough.
  • 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.
  • You can store the batter or patties in the refrigerator/freezer and fry them when needed.
  • The fried nuggets / vada stay good for upto 2 days at room temperature (or) can be stored in fridge but are to be reheated in microwave before serving.


  • 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 beans nuggets / alasanda vada

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