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May 1, 2010

Fat free dahi wada - microwave method

     "Food cooked using or without altering the original recipe always tastes good and delicious" said one of my friend while we were discussing about deep fried foods the other day. "Just deep fry some brinjal slices and sprinkle some spices on them and serve your kids. They will love them.But microwave and serve them the same way, they will certainly find out the difference " ,she went on. Very true, isn't it? When you try to substitute fats with something else , it looses its original flavour and taste.
      For me, I really wouldn't mind having deep fried foods or adding cream in subjis once in a while. Because I dont make them frequently. When it comes to bajjis or pakodas or koftas, I will prefer the deep fry method. I would love to have paneer subjis rich with cashew paste or cream atleast sometime.
    But for people who are on a very strict diet and are on a look out for fat free dishes, microwave comes as a good option. I saw the recipe of fat free dahi wada in Tarla Dalal's microwave cookbook and tried making them. I was sure, it wouldn't taste like the  deep fried crispy dahi wadas dunked in fresh curds. But when I tasted this fat free ones, they weren't bad either. Infact , they were quite close to the usual dahi wadas. It tasted really good with the spices and made a quick evening snack great for this hot weather.
fat free dahi wada
Ingredients-
Wadas
Mung dal/yellow lentil- 1/2 cup
Green chillies- 1-2 nos
Unflavoured fruit salt- 1/2tsp
Unsalted buttermilk- 2 cups
Salt to taste
Oil for greasing
Curds 
Fresh thick curds- 2cups
Milk- 2tbsp
Salt to taste
Garnish
Red chilly powder- 1/2tsp
Chaat masala- 1/2tsp
Cumin Pepper powder- 1tsp
fat free dahi wada
Method-
Wadas
Soak the dal in warm water for atleast an hour. Drain out most of the water and grind it to a smooth paste in a blender along with the chillies and salt. Add the fruit salt and mix well. Pour the batter in a microwave dish and microwave for 2 minutes and 50 seconds.
  Remove and allow it to cool. Cut them into small pieces as shown in the first picture.Soak them in salted buttermilk 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 wadas. Garnish with chilli powder, chaat masala and pepper cumin powder.
   Serve chilled.
Notes-
1. You can also pour the wada batter in 8 small greased microwave bowls of 2"diameter. Microwave 4 at a time each batch for 1 minute and 15 seconds.
2. In my microwave , it took 2 minutes and 55 seconds to cook. You have to check  every two minutes in case you microwave the whole batter in a single dish as I did.
3. For garnishing, do add some tamarind chutney on the top. It tastes delicious. Also sprinkle some coriander leaves while serving.

I am sending this fat free dahi wadas to the following events-
1. Priyanka's MEC- party food for kids, an event originally started by Srivalli.
2. Srivalli's Thanda mela.
3. Indrani's spotlight-summer food and drinks

32 comments:

Preeti Kashyap said...

This is such a good idea!!!

Divya Vikram said...

Will definitely make this. looks so yummy and guilt free.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Sowmya, I seriously need to try it out, you got my interest :)

notyet100 said...

thanks for sending this over,,,looks delicious and healthy

Priti said...

Nice idea ...looks gud

Kiran said...

Very innovative.Healthy dahi vada recipe.Sure to save the recipe.

Priya said...

Wwow a beautiful dahi wada, never throught of making wadas in MW..thanks for sharing..

Faiza Ali said...

thats a real good and healthy way of dahi wadas. Looks yummy.

Aruna Manikandan said...

Healthy dahi wada
Thx. for sharing :-)

Suma Rowjee said...

A protein rich healthy treat to be tried asap:

Usha said...

Great idea Sowmya ! Especially for dahi vada I think the taste of oil may not be missed at all, looks yum!

Suhaina said...

wow. looks very tempting. u have not collected the awards yet from my blog. 5 waiting to be collected.

rekhas kitchen said...

Perfect, perfect very healthy dish and nice choice for the events

Priya said...

Sowmya..this is really healthy vadai ppl ll sure try this..

Ann said...

fat free.. that word gets my attention all time.. Looks and sounds awesome.

Cham said...

Excellent, we could use MW idli mould and none can make out! That is guilt free vadai!

sowmya's creative saga said...

@cham-
using idli loulds is a great idea...next time, I will try in that..Thanks.

Apu said...

Great recipe!! What a wonderful way to enjoy dahi vadas!!

Indrani said...

lovely innovative recipe, Sowmya, I didn't get any entry from u for my event..have u forgot? If wish to send, send me to riappyayan@gmail.com, not to the mail in the announcement...because of that hacked mail..it ends today..I think this one fits perfectly the theme

Ms.Chitchat said...

Very interesting and innovative. Sure to give it a try soon:):)

Hari Chandana said...

wonderful idea.. looks very innovative.. nice one!!

Rajitha said...

wow...in this spring..sorta summer to be honest..i am loving this idea. Will be trying this by this week for sure!...thanks...

Malar Gandhi said...

Fat free dahi vada sounds kool, guilt free indulgence.

bindiya said...

Wow! these look sooo yummy!just perfect when you are on a diet!

Happy Cook said...

That is indeed creative, never had a fat free one.

Dershana said...

i've had my eye on that book for a while. sure to buy it during next india visit! thanks for sharing this unique attempt!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks great...

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Nice healthy one...........Have a question any replacement for fruit salt?Can i use cooking soda?

sowmya's creative saga said...

@sailaja- yes , I think cooking soda will work here..when you soak the microwaved vada in buttermilk, they soften further..which is quite apt for dahi wada..you can go ahead with soda..

Harini said...

first time here..this is simply an awesome recipe...gotto try it out...

Sukanya said...

Fantastic Sowmi....totally guilt free as we are not deep frying the vada's...and yummy too....

Srivalli said...

Thank you for the lovely entry

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