Saturday, December 6, 2008

Dahivadas-with a twist :)

The twist in the recipe is---'There is no frying involved!!'  For someone like me, who is not very fond of frying, this is a great option. 
We have new Indian neighbors in our apartment (We haven't met them yet) and every evening when Nisarg returns from the office, the whole lobby area smells of some delicious Indian food :). Last week or so, he informed me that the neighbors were having dahivadas, and I suddenly remembered that my bhabhi used to make this dish without frying the vadas!! So, I got on the phone with bhabhi and made these the very next day. 


Ingredients:
For Vadas:
1 cup green moong daal (husk makes the vadas softer)
1 tbsp ginger-chili paste
15-17 raisins
oil spray, salt as needed
For Garnishing:
2 cups yogurt
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/3 cup tamarind chutney
1 tsp sugar
chili powder, roasted cumin powder to sprinkle
salt as needed

Method:
  • Wash and soak moong daal for about 4 hours. Grind in the mixie along with ginger-garlic paste and salt. Use minimum amount of water to make the vada batter.
  • Heat up the sandwich maker and once it is hot enough, coat with oil spray and pour batter. Top with raisins and let it cook.
  • Place the cooked vadas in lukewarm water and soak for 30-40 minutes. 
  • Mix yogurt, salt, sugar with a hand-mixie and add some amount of water to make smooth consistency. 
  • Squeeze the vadas gently to remove water and place in a large bowl. Pour yogurt mixture over it and let it soak for 15-20 minutes.
  • Drizzle tamarind chutney over the mixture and sprinkle with cilantro, chili powder and cumin powder. 

Enjoy!!!

20 comments:

homecooked said...

Wow....this is really very different. Innovative use of the sandwich maker :)

Yasmeen said...

I don't like deep fried food either.Who knew one can even make vadas in a sandwich maker? Indeed a healthy twist to deep fried vadas,looks delicious!

Nisarg said...

Wow! you rock! low in calories, but great in taste!!!

Gopi Shah said...

Hey I also knew this technique from long time...but never give it a try. I hope vadas don't stick in the sandwhich maker...after reading ur recipe, I will surely give it a try!!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oil free and yummylicious looking recipe. Indeed a innovative recipe. Looks gr8 and tempting me to try this soon. Thanks for sharing.

foodbin said...

sure looks healthy

Astra Libris said...

Oooh, how beautiful! I love non-fried versions of fried recipes! :-)

Bharti said...

That is such a unique technique to making dahi wadas. I'm gonna give it a shot the next time.

ode2food said...

A twist is an understatement! Very creative, both the recipe and the use of a sandwich maker!

i've been following your blog for a few months now and It satisfies two of my favorites, cooking and reading!

Sujatha said...

Healthy and Tasty! And that too with a neat twist :) What more can I ask for!!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

hey you have some great recipes in ur blog. vadas look lovely.

Vibaas said...

Love your 'twist'...What a neat idea! Looks so yummy too.

Vandana Rajesh said...

This is a nice twist indeed. A low calories Dahi vada...wow. Have an event on my blog "Baking for Baginners" ..do chk out.

vidhas said...

Vada With low calories sound great.very innovative.

DEESHA said...

the twist is very interesting .. lovely dahi wadas ...

Sharmi said...

thats a very healthy idea:) have to try out. are they soft?

Trupti said...

love the twist in dahi vadas

phanitha said...

Amazing twist...will have to try this one..

Namrata Kini said...

Wow what a healthy way of making dahi vadas. You have a nice blog Chandani.

Saee Koranne-Khandekar said...

Hey, this is my first time here, and I've hit jackpot already--I was craving dahi wadas today, and this seems like a good option. Will certainly try. Nice blog, too!