Weekend Special – Non-fried Dahi Vadas ….. Day5

Freedom from calories .. something mosttt of us want. And when it comes to one all-time favourite snack — Dahi-Vadas, who wouldn’t want to go calorie-free 😉

I found this recipe by Tarla Dalal when I was browsing through. Made them last weekend – Simple procedure, taste almost as good as the original ones. Also, it uses Moong Dal instead of Urad … which I think makes it a little less heavier.

What do we need?
[To makes about 8-10 vadas]

  • Moong Dal – 1/2 cup
  • Green chillies – 4-5
  • Eno fruit salt – 1/2 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Asafoetida [Hing] – 1/4 tsp
  • Low-fat Curd [whisked] – tempered with mustard seeds and slit green chillies

Garnishing makes it special:

  • Coriander leaves – finely chopped
  • Roasted cumin powder
  • Chilli powder
  • Khajur-Imli ki Chutney [Dates and Tamarind Chutney]

How do we go about?

Soak the Moong Dal in water for about 3-4 hours. Drain the water completely and blend well along with the green chillies, adding very little or no water. Add salt and hing to this mixture. Add the fruit salt just before you are ready to make the vadas.

The original recipe talked about using a sandwich toaster to make the vadas; instead, I used this pan below from Prestige, so that I could have them round too!

Smear the pan with oil and spread a table-spoon full of the mixture in each compartment. Cook closed on both sides till done. Now, take out the vadas and soak them in water for about 10 mins. Squeeze gently and arrange them on a plate. Pour the tempered curd over the vadas and garnish using coriander, jeera powder and chilli powder. Optionally, also add Khajur-Imli chutney. Guilt-free Dahi Vadas ready 😀

P.S: For more such recipes, please visit my Aroma Kitchen 😉 😉 😉


    1. keep publishing all the posts on weekends so that I come first all the time 😛

      Now toh these are lookinh yummier…I’m booking tickets for Hyderabad !


  1. Sluuuuurrrrrp 😀
    I love anything that has dehi in it. Sure gonna make this for tomorrow’s ‘Sunday evening snack’ 😉
    Thanks a lot for sharing 🙂


  2. Guilt-free dahi wadas!! Nice! 😀

    My mom uses this vessel for cooking unni-appams… which is a sweet delicacy in kerala. But yea she soaks them in oil first… thats the way to make them…


    1. Ya we make something called Phud made of dosa batter in them too … I use it for anything non-friend that I want to prepare though 😉


  3. Swar dear…I don’t wish to contradict you here but even the original fried dahi wadas loose all their oil when they’re put in water…me made them the other day 😀 😀
    But am sure these taste delicious…you make them for us…what say?? 😛


    1. Varsh, I am sure most ppl think Dahi Vadas lose all their oil when u put them in water … but actually they dnt 🙂 They r enuf deep friend to retain some of it 🙂

      I will surely make them for u 🙂


  4. This I’ll surely make..I had decided the moment I saw the drooling snap on your FB page 😀
    Will let you know if it turns out well 🙂


  5. I have tried similar methods for “Malai Kofta” .. basically for koftas … it tastes quite good … but we all know deep frying has a special taste …. but this alternate method comes quite close …and it is calorie friendly 🙂


  6. oh u have it with curd… in delhi these are served with grated radish and lots of min chutney ofcourse those are deep fried

    yumm yumm yumm

    i am trying this one tmrw


    1. Mons, we make a similar recipe and steam it too .. we don’t hv it with curd 🙂
      As I hv said in the post, tried this only after I saw Tarla Dalal’s recipe 🙂


  7. Mung dahi wadas…….that’s new! and I need that pan now because it would come ahndy in making oil less koftas as well I guess!!
    Teasing us with food on a weekend!!


  8. come on m’am … posting such snaps is too hard on us … ok ?
    the temptation your blog started is real hard .. and now am gonna sleep dreaming of them


  9. I tried this recipe swaram..with a slight twist..(I know I know..I cant resist) and instead of dahi wada,had it as chutney vada!quite nice!


  10. I am useless. I am chomping on chocolate and nodding along like this would be the best thing to do, make healthy dahi vadas! Someone get my head examined 😦


  11. I so have to get this pan, Swaram! I wonder if I could bake these too? What do you think? I will give it a shot, am lusting after dahi vadas after reading this post 🙂


    1. Smithu, I ws also planning to bake them before 😉
      But then, we actually use this pan to make a dish using dosa batter and it gives a lovely texture 🙂 So used this one 🙂 May be I wil try baking next time 😛 😛


  12. Oh my god! This looks so yummy and hungry I am, I am craving for it 🙂 Someone please get me this 🙂


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