Non-fried vadas dunked in yoghurt and topped with tangy imli chutney and cumin powder. This recipe is devised for people on a diet or for those who have to cut down on fat. Nevertheless, it is extremely good.
Adapted from Tarla Dalal.com
For The Vadas
1/2 cup yellow moong dal (split yellow gram)
1 to 2 green chillies
1/2 tsp unflavoured fruit salt
2 cups salted buttermilk/or water for soaking vadas
salt to taste
oil for greasing
For The Curds
2 cups curds (dahi)
2 tbsp milk
salt to taste
For The Garnish
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp roasted cumin seeds (jeera) powder
2 tbsp khajur imli ki chutney
2 tbsp Green Chutney
2 tbsp chopped coriander (dhania)
For the vadas
Soak the dal in warm water for at least 1 hour.
Drain out most of the water and grind it to a smooth paste in a blender along with the chillies and salt. Try to keep the texture a bit grainy
Add the fruit salt and mix well.
Pour 1 tablespoons of the batter into 8 small greased microwave safe bowls (2″ diameter).
Microwave 4 at a time each batch for 1 minute and 15 seconds.
Remove and allow it to cool completely unmould.
Soak them in buttermilk or water for few minutes, till they are soft.
Drain and squeeze out any excess water.
Place on a serving plate.
How to proceed
Whisk the curds with the milk and salt and pour over the soaked vadas.
Garnish with the chilli powder, cumin powder, khajur imli ki chutney and chopped coriander. Eat it instantly. Do not let it soak for a longer time or overnight. Won’t taste that good the next day.