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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


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


  • 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)



  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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