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      Baked Dahi Vada

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      Time1 Hr 15 Min
      DifficultyIntermediate
      Serves5

      Dahi Vadas or Dahi Bhallas are a North Indian street food speciality! Here, we have come up with a baked twist in the traditional style of dahi vada preparation! Baked vadas dipped in creamy yoghurt makes it a healthier version of the traditionally deep-fried vadas! Just the name ‘dahi vada’ itself sounds so mouth-watering, isn’t it? If your answer to this is yes then you too are a hardcore chaat ... lover! Dahi vada is the delicious and chatpata snack that’s famous all over India! Be it street food, or high-end restaurants, if there is a menu for chaats then you will definitely find Dahi vada on the top of the list. The main ingredient used to make the baked dahi vada is whole white urad dal. Check out recipe description for baked dahi vada to get the list of ingredients and cooking instructions. Or simply follow the baked dahi vada recipe video for a step by step guide! While this recipe is a melange of flavours, spices and creaminess there isn’t much room for a variation! To get the authentic taste we recommend following the recipe thoroughly but you can always make slight changes in the toppings! For instance, you can also add sev to increase the crispiness, make it less spicy if preparing for kids, also add some onions and pomegranates as a topping! You can serve this baked dahi vada for tea parties or kitties parties hosted at home! It can also be served as a side to the main course or simply had as a wholesome meal on a busy day!

      Nutrition Info. (per serving)

      ProteinFatCarbsFibre236 Cal236 Cal236 Cal236 Cal
      • 14gProtein
      • 6gFat
      • 30gCarbs
      • 6gFibre

      Ingredients

      Dry Grocery

      Urad Dal Whole White Gota

      Urad Dal Whole White Gota

      1 cup

      Refined Oil

      Refined Oil

      1 teaspoon

      Cumin

      Cumin

      3 teaspoons

      Salt

      Salt

      1 pinch

      Honey

      Honey

      3 teaspoons

      Black Salt

      Black Salt

      3 teaspoons

      Coriander Seeds

      Coriander Seeds

      1 teaspoon

      Chat Masala

      Chat Masala

      1 teaspoon

      Red Chilli Powder

      Red Chilli Powder

      0.5 teaspoons

      Ajwain Seeds

      Ajwain Seeds

      1 teaspoon

      Fruits & Vegetables

      Coriander W/o Roots

      Coriander W/o Roots

      6 g

      Dairy

      Curd

      Curd

      2 cups

      Other

      Baking Soda

      Baking Soda

      1 pinch

      Pepper

      Pepper

      1 teaspoon

      Directions
      1
      In a bowl, whisk curd add black salt to taste and honey. Mix well set aside.
      2
      Wash and soak urad dal for 1 to 1.5 hour. Drain the entire water .
      3
      Add soaked dal to blender and blend it to get a smooth thick batter (add little water if required)
      4
      Transfer the batter to a bowl and add salt to taste. add cumin seeds, black pepper and baking soda. Mix well.
      5
      Preheat the oven at 200 degree c. On a greased tray, scoop 2 tablespoon of batter and flatten it a bit like a pattie. The thickness should not be more than the tip of the index finger. After baking for 5 min, brush a little oil on the vada and bake it further at 230 degree c for 5 min.
      6
      Take 2 cup of lukewarm water, add 1 teaspoon of black salt and stir. Put the baked vada in water and let it be in there for 10-15 min. It will make vada soft and spongy.
      7
      Remove the soaked vada from the water and squeeze it lightly to remove excess water.
      8
      In a serving bowl,take soaked vada and put some whipped curd. Sprinkle some masala and garnish with chopped coriander. Serve cold
      9
      For dahi vada masala : Separately dry roast coriander seeds, cumin seeds, ajwain and let it cool down.
      10
      In a blender, take roasted coriander seeds, ajwain, cumin seeds and black pepper. Grind to get a dry powder.
      11
      Transfer it to a bowl, add chat masala, red chilli powder and 1 teaspoon of black salt. Mix well, the masala is ready for dahi vada.
      Health benefits of baked dahi vada :
      Our version of baked dahi vada recipe comes with much lower calories and better nutrient contents! With this one, you can experience a guilt-free tasty indulgence! The main ingredient of the recipe whole white urad dal comes with many health benefits. It is rich in fibre, improves digestion, protects the heart, boosts energy, improves bone health, strengthens the nervous system, helps manage diabetes, and is excellent for hair and skin. Another important ingredient of the recipe is curd or yoghurt which is also known for its health benefits since ages! Curd is an excellent probiotic that helps improve digestion, improves immunity, stronger bones and teeth, helps lose weight, removes dark spots, prevents premature wrinkles, and is essential for healthy and radiant skin! All other ingredients like coriander seeds, honey, ajwain seeds, cumin, black salt, etc are rich in antioxidants and other vital nutrients that increase the nutritional value of this recipe! Do try out this restaurant-style baked dahi vada recipe at home and enjoy with family and friends!

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      We hope you had fun making it! Enjoy the meal.

      What is Dahi Vada?

      Dahi vada or dahi bhalla is a type of snack commonly made in South Asia, particularly the Indian subcontinent. It is made by soaking dried flour balls in yoghurt and some added masala. The name Dahi means “yoghurt” and Vada or Bhalla means “fried lentil fritters”. Dahi vada is prepared in restaurants, homes, and in roadside stalls. Mostly, it is served as a snack but you can also serve it as a side dish or an appetizer. During major celebrations like marriages or Indian festivals like Diwali and Holi, dahi bhalla is always prepared without exception.

      Origin

      Dahi vada is a very popular dish that is consumed by people from all regions and states. But only a few know about the long history of dahi vada. In the 12th century, Someshvara III ruled the region that is now known as Karnataka. He compiled a Sanskrit encyclopedia called Manasollasa. The first reference of dahi bhalla recipe was found in Manasollasa. The name of the recipe mentioned in Manasollasa was not dahi vada but kshiravata. Some descriptions of dahi vada are also mentioned in some literature from 500 B.C.

      Tips to Make the Perfect Dahi Vada

      Making dahi vada is so easy that if you follow the dahi vada recipe step by step, you will get a plate full of it within minutes. We have mentioned the easiest dahi bhalla recipe that you can follow even if you are a beginner. But once you try this recipe 2-3 times, you will be prepared enough to experiment with the recipe to make it even better. Here are some tips that professional chefs give on making the perfect dahi bhalla: If you want to make the batter extra creamy, just soak the lentils overnight. If you want to double the dahi vada recipe, do not overfill the blender with lentils. Split the lentils into multiple batches and grind them one by one. To ensure that the batter becomes lump-free only use a high-speed blender. Add a little water and use the smoothie mode in the blender. Adding little water will make the better lump free and extra creamy. The most common mistake that people make in dahi bade ki recipe with the baking method is overcooking or undercooking the batter. While baking, make sure that the heat is aas mentioned. You can check the readiness of oil with the help of the batter test. Bake in batches so that you do not overcrowd the pan. To get creamy vadas, immerse vadas in yoghurt for 2 to 3 hours. If you take it out early, the yoghurt will not settle in the inner parts of vadas. You can make the yoghurt thicker or thinner by adjusting the amount of water.

      How To Store Dahi Bade For Later Use?

      Although the soft dahi vada recipe is so easy that you can make it any time, sometimes you are in too hurry to prepare the dish fresh. In such a case, the already made dish stored in a fridge comes handy. Thankfully, baked dahi bhalla can be stored in a refrigerator and also can be frozen. Here is how you can do it: Storing Dahi Bhalla Once the dahi bade is cooled down to room temperature, you can transfer it to a ziplock bag or airtight container to store in the refrigerator. It stays fresh in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you are storing it in a ziplock bag, just make sure that you squeeze most of the air out of the bag. Freezing Dahi Bade Once the dahi vada is cooled down to room temperature, you can transfer it to a gallon-size freezer bag. Press the freezer bag gently so that the air gets released out of the bag. Do not press the bag so hard that the vadas get broken down. This way, your dahi vada will stay fresh for up to 2 months.

      Similar Recipes to Try at Home.

      The recipe of dahi wada is so easy that you can master it just within a few tries. Once done, you can try other healthy recipes that are as easy as dahibara. Here is a list of some recipes that you can try at home: Bhel Puri: Bhel puri is probably the most famous chaat of India. It is a savoury snack made from puffed rice, vegetables and sauce. Some people associate bhel puri with Chowpatty and Juhu beaches of Mumbai and hence has given the name ‘beach snack’ to bhel puri. Samosa: A samosa is a fried snack made with boiled potatoes, onions, peas and masala. Some people also like to add various types of meat to the stuffing of samosa. Although the most famous shape of samosa is a cone, some regions also make half-moon and triangular-shaped samosas. Vada Pav: Sometimes spelt as vada pav, vada pav is the native food of Maharashtra. A deep-fried potato dumpling is placed in a bread bun which gives a rich yet crunchy taste. One or more chutneys are usually served with this snack. Katori Chaat: India is famous for various types of chaats that originated as street food. Katori chaat is one such famous chaat that is eaten by people from all over the country. Usually, chaat is served in a bowl that is disposable but katori chaat consists of a crunchy edible chaat that makes this snack different from the others. Dabeli: An original Gujrati snack, dabeli is prepared by mixing special dabeli masala in boiled potatoes and ladi pav. In some regions of India, dabeli is also called kutchi dabeli or double roti. You can serve this snack with mint chutney or tomato sauce.

      Now that you know everything about healthy dahi vada recipes, it is time to actually test your culinary skills. Prepare the essential dahi vada ingredients, follow the recipe step by step and you will get a delicious dahibara prepared by yourself.

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