Masala Vadai

Masala Vadai

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The famous south Indian snack becomes unrecognisable in its new tava-cooked avatar! We have modified the traditional, deep-fried Masala Vadai recipe by adding iron and folic acid rich dill leaves, and tava-cooking the vadais. This delicious snack, made with chana dal is suitable for weight watchers and diabetics too, as it has a low glycemic index. Enjoy it with hot tea, and healthy green chutney for extra pep.

Masala Vadai recipe - How to make Masala Vadai

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     10Makes 10 vadais
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1 cup soaked chana dal (split bengal gram) , refer handy tip
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1/4 cup finely chopped dill leaves (shepu / suva bhaji)
1 tsp finely chopped green chillies
1 tsp finely chopped garlic (lehsun)
a pinch of sugar
salt to taste
1 1/2 tsp oil for greasing and cooking

For Serving
healthy green chutney

  1. Drain the chana dal and blend in a mixer to a coarse mixture without using water.
  2. Transfer the mixture into a deep bowl, add all the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  3. Divide the mixture into 10 equal portions and shape each portion into a 37 mm. (1½?) diameter flat round vadai.
  4. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle) and grease it lightly using ¼ tsp of oil.
  5. Cook each vadai, using ? tsp of oil, till they turn golden brown in colour from both the sides.
  6. Serve immediately with healthy green chutney.

Handy tip:

    Handy tip:
  1. The chana dal needs to be soaked for 3 hours.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per vadai
Energy51 cal
Protein2.4 g
Carbohydrates7.2 g
Fiber1.8 g
Fat1.4 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium8.5 mg
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Masala Vadai video by Tarla Dalal


Masala Vadai
 on 02 Jan 15 01:49 PM

I love having deep-fried Masala Vadai…..but I tried making this low cal snack recipe and added dill leaves…it really gave that freshness to the vadai…along with some iron which helps to build up hemoglobin levels…