Chola (Lobia) Vadi

Have you checked out my super easy khichiya papad recipe? This is another summer special item which you can prepare  during summer and use it for the whole year.

Chola/lobia (black eye peas) vadi are prepared during summer and can be stored for the whole year. It is prepared using just 1 main ingredient. It is super easy to make. Vadis are added to sabji during the time when you are out of fresh veggies or they are expensive. I prepare it every year. I make so many different sabji using these vadi. You can prepare papad vadi sabji, add it to eggplant subji, vadi kadhi, and so many variations. My personal favourite is with eggplant. It is high in protein, gluten free and vegan.

You can use chola dal if available, I have used whole chola as it is hard to find chola dal here in Canada.

Prepare this during hot summer days. Here in Toronto, we frequently get rain during summer so I make sure to check if it’s a sunny day before starting the preparation. Also, chola dal (back eye peas) need to be soaked for at least 10-12 hours. Soak it night before and prepare during next morning.

Product recommended:
Vitamix Mixer


Preparation Time:  45 minutes

Cooking Time: 0 minutes

2 cup chola (lobia) dal or whole chola (black eye peas)
Salt to taste
Small pinch of asafoetida


1. Soak black eye peas for at least 10-12 hours. I soaked it night before.

2. Next morning, remove water from chola (lobia). Grind it to fine paste without adding water or just little if it’s too dry.

3. Remove paste to a wide bottom bowl. Now add salt and asafoetida. Remember that after vadi dries out they shrink, so be careful while adding salt. Now whisk it using hand for at least 4-5 mins. The mixture will get light and frothy. That’s what you need to get very light vadi.   

4. You need to make vadi directly on plastic sheet. So first, spread clean big plastic sheet directly where there is strong sunlight. Then take some chola mixture and drop small (marble size) mixture on plastic sheet (no need to flatten). Drop vadi side by side with slight distance so they don’t stick to each other.

5. Keep this under direct sunlight for full day. If it has moisture then put under sunlight next day too. I actually removed from plastic sheet next morning and spread it on pizza tray and left it outside in sun. It should dry completely or will get spoiled over the time.

6. Once it dries out completely, store in a clean airtight container at room temparture. This will stay good for the whole year.

7. Use it when there is no fresh veggies at home. You can make kadhi, vadi papad sabji or add it to simple eggplant sabji.
Chola vadi
Chola Lobia vadi

If you have never done this before, I would highly recommend you to try. Anyone can do it. I will share the recipe on how to use this for sabji.

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Welcome to Bhavna's food journey! Join me in cooking easy, simple, healthy and delicious food. I am a mother of two adult children and understand the fast life of today's adult. Hope you will enjoy and try my recipes. Looking forward to hearing from you!!

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