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.

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Fat free dahi wada - microwave method Yum
Course snack
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course snack
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
  1. Wadas
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. How to proceed-
  5. Whisk the curds with the milk and salt and pour over the soaked wadas. Garnish with chilli powder, chaat masala and pepper cumin powder.
  6. Serve chilled.
  7. Notes-
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 3. For garnishing, do add some tamarind chutney on the top. It tastes delicious. Also sprinkle some coriander leaves while serving.
Recipe Notes

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

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  1. Preeti Kashyap

    This is such a good idea!!!

  2. Divya Vikram

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

  3. Priya Yallapantula

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

  4. notyet100

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

  5. Nice idea …looks gud

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

  7. Priya Suresh

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

  8. Faiza Ali

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

  9. Aruna Manikandan

    Healthy dahi wadaThx. for sharing 🙂

  10. Suma Rowjee

    A protein rich healthy treat to be tried asap:

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

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

  13. rekhas kitchen

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

  14. Priya's Feast

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

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

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

  17. Sowmya Madhavan

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

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

  19. 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 [email protected], not to the mail in the announcement…because of that hacked mail..it ends today..I think this one fits perfectly the theme

  20. Ms.Chitchat

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

  21. Hari Chandana

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

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

  23. Malar Gandhi

    Fat free dahi vada sounds kool, guilt free indulgence.

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

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

  26. 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!

  27. Home Cooked Oriya Food

    looks great…

  28. Sailaja Damodaran

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

  29. Sowmya Madhavan

    @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..

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

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

  32. Thank you for the lovely entry


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