Neikadalai/Fried Channa Dhal(Spilt Chickpeas)

This is one of my childhood favorite and used to buy this one from the local shop for my evening snack.
For the day 2 of Blogging Marathon#25 I made neikadalai,this is a very simple recipe and needs only few ingredients.Now off to the recipe.....................


Channa dhal/split chickpeas/kadala paruppu/11/2cups
Red chilly powder/milagi podi1/4tsp
Turmeric powder1/4tsp
Salt 1/2tsp
Oil for frying
Curry leaves/karivepillai1 sprig(optional)

  • Soak the dhal in the water for 4-5 hours,drain the water completely and spread it on a towel for 10 minutes.
  • Mix the red chilly powder,turmeric powder and salt,keep it aside.
  • When it is damp enough fry it in the oil in a medium flame till it becomes crispy.
  • Remove it from the oil and drain it on a paper towel.
  • Sprinkle the red chilly powder and mix it well.
  • Neikadalai is ready.


  • The dhal needs to be soaked completely otherwise it won't fry properly in the oil.
  • Instead of red chilly powder black pepper powder can aslo be used.
  • If you are using curry leaves fry it in the oil in the end and add it.
  • The amount chilly powder can be increased or decreased according to personal preference.
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Tempting snack!!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

It's been so long that I had this, the last click is so tempting..

I love this a lot. Looks so tempting

Delicious and crisp little bits :) Looks so good and nice clicks too!!

delicious and tasty snacks...

I have never tried making them at home :) looks so perfect and great as an evening snack :)

One of my favourite snack. Mom always had this at home but now I am missing it. The naps are so lovely..

Very nice Nalini, love how good it looks..and as always lovely take so much efforts in the whole setup!

My mil loves this, super tempting clicks and nicely done too

these are my favorite since small dear, mom always buys for me...but didn't know its so easy to make...

A crunchy snack and very appealing set up in the pictures!

We had it as a tea time snack. Yummilicious......

Even its my fav since my childhood, mom never failed to make them too;

my childhood fav!!!! so tempting!!!! one question is the third line in the method says that it should be damp enough, i am guessing it should say - dry enough!!!
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liked your last click dear.. nice props :)

Mouthwatering and crunchy fried dal.

This is my fav snack too...Nalini u have lots of Traditional Indian Snack Recipes, great!! Neat Presentation n dal looks crunchy n perfect like store bought..

I will buy lot of packets ,when i was in my hostel.It will vanish like anything in our room.Tanx for the recipe.

Crunchy snack.. Lovely pics.

My fav snack too, well prepared n wonderful presentation...

It's all time favorite. Looking for this recipe. Healthy one too.

Yummy one. I always have a stock of store bought chanadal as it happens to be my family's favorite.

You can keep on munching this forever :)!

This is such a crunchy munchy snack! Love it :)

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