A Healthy Twist To A Favourite Indian Snack Recipe.
Syndicated from Nee's Kitchen.
Neeru Srikanth | October 23, 2016
Rainy days, for me, ignite a desire for masala chai with a good snack to enjoy the cool weather from my balcony! When it comes to Indian snacks or Indian recipes, many swear by the taste of deep fried dishes. Personally, I prefer to bake, as it is a much healthier option, especially if one is trying to lose weight. At the same time, I attempt to maintain a taste similar to a deep fried version of the snack. My baked masala vada (or vadai as South Indians call it) recipe is one such healthy Indian snack dish.
How much healthier is it you ask? Well, it consumes only a couple of tablespoons (max) of oil for a batch of 10 vadas. The only down side of baking is that at 190 degree celsius, it takes the masala vada 30-35 minutes to cook, with the need to check on the batch in the oven every 15 minutes to see if it’s cooking correctly and to turn the masala vadais over to cook both sides. Really though, what’s a few more minutes for better health?
Step 1: Soak Dhal for 3 -4 hours.
Step 2: Grind green chilli, ginger, fennel seeds, garlic into a mix.
Step 3: Grind dhal separately after straining the water.
Step 4: Mix dhal, onion, mint, coriander,salt and the grind mixture in step 2. Add salt & Hing.
Step 5: Add rice flour. Adjust the quantity to make it a bit thick. This is added at the end as the batter may sometimes have water content.
Step 6: Take a baking tray and brush it with oil.
Step 7: Take the vada mix, make patties by shaping with your hand and place them on the tray.
Step 8: Brush the patties with oil on top and put the tray in the refrigerator for 20 mins.
Step 9: Pre-heat oven at 190 degrees Celsius for 5 mins and then place the tray into the oven.
Step 10: Check every 10–15 mins. Turn the masala vada after they become brown on the top side. It took roughly 18 minutes for one side to be done.
Step 11: Flip over to other side to check if it has turned brown. Brushing oil after flipping is optional. There is usually no difference in cooking time even if you brush additional oil. It took a total of 35 mins to get cooked.
Step 12: You may switch off the oven at this point and leave the tray inside to store it hot until it is served.
Step 13: Enjoy the baked and healthy masala vada with a cup of masala chai.
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