Moong Dal Dahi Vada

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Amidst drum rolls and lots of pomp, we present a non-fried version of none other than one of the most popular chaats... Dahi Vada. Be careful not to soak the vadas beyond 2-3 minutes, to prevent them from breaking. This is a heavy snack so, I suggest you do not indulge in more than one serving.

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Soaking time:  3 to 4 hours   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:     Makes 4 servings
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For The Vadas
1 cup green moong dal (split green gram)
2 green chillies , roughly chopped
a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
salt to taste
1/2 tsp fruit salt
1 1/4 tsp oil for greasing and cooking

For The Curds
2 cups low-fat curds (dahi)
salt to taste
1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)

Other Ingredients
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) powder
2 tsp chilli powder

For the vadas

  1. Clean, wash and soak the moong dal in enough water in a deep bowl for 3 to 4 hours.
  2. Drain, add the green chillies and blend in a mixer to a smooth paste, using approx. ½ cup of water.
  3. Transfer the paste into a bowl, add the asafoetida and salt and mix well.
  4. Sprinkle the fruit salt and 1 tbsp of water over it. When the bubbles form, mix gently.
  5. Grease a non-stick tava (griddle) using ¼ tsp of oil.
  6. Pour ladlefuls of the batter on it to make 2 to 4 vadas at a time.
  7. Cover with a lid and cook on a slow flame for 2 to 3 minutes.
  8. Turn upside down, cover again and cook on a slow flame using 1/8 tsp of oil for 2 to 3 minutes.
  9. Repeat with the remaining mixture to make more vadas.
  10. Soak them in enough water in a bowl for 2 minutes. Thereafter, squeeze out the water and keep aside.

For the curds

  1. Combine the curds and salt in a bowl and mix well using a whisk.
  2. Heat the oil in a small non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds.
  3. When the seeds crackle, add this tempering to the whisked curds and mix well.
  4. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions. Keep aside.

How to proceed

  1. Place two vadas on a serving plate and spread a portion of the curds mixture evenly the over vadas.
  2. Sprinkle ¼ tsp of cumin seeds powder and ½ tsp of chilli powder over it.
  3. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make 3 more servings.
  4. Serve immediately.

Nutrient values Per vada
EnergyProteinCarbohydrateFatFibreCalciumFolic AcidZinc
99 kcal 7.1 gm 15.5 gm 0.9 gm 1.8 gm 91.3 mg 30.5 mcg 0.6 mcg

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 on 17 Jan 15 04:06 PM

A very healthy version of dahi vada..The green moong dal does go very well in this dahi vadas..
 on 25 Apr 13 10:15 AM

What an easy way of making dahi vada more healthy...hats off to you Tarla Ma' i can indulge on my favourite food without any guilt!!