Baked Olive Lentil Fritters a.k.a Dal Vada


  • 3 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 1 cup dry lentils (I used red) - lentils need to be soaked for 1-4 hours. Once they are soaked, they double in quantity and 1 cup dry lentils yields about 2 cups soaked lentils
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 small onion chopped (about 4 tablespoons)
  • 2/3 cups chopped California Black Ripe Olives
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 jalapeno chopped (seeds removed according to your love of heat)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Olive Oil - for brushing


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Add the oats, soaked lentils, ginger, garlic, cumin, salt into a food processors and pulse till lentils are almost like powder.
  3. Stir in the chopped onion, California Black Ripe Olives, jalapeno and baking powder and form into flattened circles.
  4. Brush with olive oil and bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Eat while still warm with ketchup or sambal oelek
Recipe by:

Runnin Srilankan