Thursday, April 30, 2015

Masala Vada {Baked}

Masala Vada is a popular Indian tea time snack. This vada is crisp & crunchy in texture. This is originally a deep-fried dish, but here I'm sharing a healthier baked version of this snack with out loosing the goodness of deep-fried version. This recipe can be customized easily with your choice of ingredients. Other than baking & deep-frying you can also shallow fry them with out loosing any goodness of this vada. 
Prep Time-40mins {30mins of soaking + 10mins}
Cook Time-30mins
Serves-8 to 10 vada's
1/4Cup channa dal
1/4Cup toor dal
2 Tsp jeera
2Green chili's
2Tsp grated ginger
1/2Cup chopped onions
Few curry leaves
1Tbs oil
1Tsp chili powder
1/2Tsp baking powder
Salt to taste
- Soak chana dal & toor dal for minimum of 30mins & maximum of 3hrs. 
- Pre-heat oven @350F & line up a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
- Strain water from dals & add them to a blender along with jeera, green chili's, ginger, curry leaves & onions finally. 
- Coarse grind the mixture & transfer to a bowl. Mix in salt, chili & baking powder.
- Scoop up a small ball of batter & lay it on the baking sheet. Press a little to make a nice round shape as shown above. Repeat the same with rest of the batter. 
- Place sheet in oven & bake them for 10mins. Remove from oven brush on little oil on each side of the vada's. Back in to oven for another 15mins or less @400F. 
- You can see a brown crust on top & when you flip it will be light brown too. 
- Remove from oven & allow them to cool on the counter. 
- Serve warm with ketchup or any spicy chutney of your choice. 
- I changed the temp of oven as it will help in perfect baking. 
- You can bake @400F thru out but the bake time will be sure reduced. Keep an eye to prevent from burning vada's.
- In addition to the ingredients you can add in 1Tbs of ginger garlic paste for more flavorful vada's. 
- Don't add extra water for grinding. We need a thick batter for crisp vada's.
- You can replace curry leaves with coriander or mint leaves. It's your choice.
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  1. These make a guilt-free, healthy option.

  2. Earlier ,i was bit skeptical about this baked vadas, but since ever i tried them, its became one of my favourite..Wonderfully baked vadas.

  3. oh it looks just it with tea

  4. Guilt free snacks are always welcome and these look really good.

  5. yummy baked vada. Loves ur clicks. Nice n bright

  6. Looks like almost many of the group has tried this delicious snack..must try it myself..

  7. that is a must try!!! looks awesome..

  8. Your baked vadas look amazing.

  9. What a wonderful idea! Looks really good.

  10. Looks yum!!!never tried baking a vada, this BM has given a lot of choices for healthy eating!!