January 21, 2014

Baked Parippu Vada

Parippu Vada and chaya is a classic combination that any malayali will have a sentiment attached to. It is probably the most commonly found evening snack in malayali homes, tea stalls, railway platforms, you name it. It is a favorite in my family too, but we have limited the consumption since we generally limit deep fried snacks. Mainly because as you know, deep frying does not fall under quick'n'healthy and then I don't have the patience to make the vadas one by one and fry it. Now when 'the husband' comes up with some novel ideas you should be willing to try it, you might end up with some awesome end products like these. So this is just the same old favorite parippu vada (a.k.a dal vada or masala vada), just that instead of being deep fried, they are baked. The end result?
Nutritional value >> much more than the fried version
Taste >> awesome, just the same as the fried version
Texture >> pretty close to the fried version
Effort >> very minimal compared to fried version
So here is baked parippu vada for you :-)

  • Channa dal  - 1/2 cup 
  • Toor dal - 1/2 cup
  • Green chilly - 4-5 (chopped very fine) 
  • Ginger - 2 Tbs (chopped very fine) 
  • Coriander leaves - (1/2 cup chopped very fine) 
  • Sea salt - as per taste
  • Baking soda - a pinch 
  • Virgin coconut oil - 1-2 Tbs (for drizzling) 

  • Soak the channa dal and toor dal together for 8-12 hours or overnight.
  • Drain the dals completely and grind coarsely. You should grind it a little more than how you would for the fried version. Try not to add any water for grinding. 
  • Add chopped ginger, green chilly, coriander leaves and salt and mix well.
  • Mix baking soda with a few drops of lemon juice and add that to the dal mixture and mix it evenly. 
  • Grease a baking tray with a few drops of coconut oil.
  • Divide the mixture into small walnut sized balls and press them between your palms. Spread them on the greased baking sheet and bake at 400 deg toaster oven for about 15-18 minutes. 
  • Set oven to broil setting and move the baking tray closer to the top and broil for 5-8 minutes till the vadas are crispy. 
  • This makes about 20 vadas.
  • Enjoy hot with a cup of tea :-) 

If you end up with extra moisture in the batter, just scoop the batter with a ice cream scooper and drop on cookie sheet and slightly press with a spoon. you might want to increase baking time by a couple minutes.


  1. I am going to try this today!! My sisters name is Mini so I trust that this will be a good recipe lol. Wish me luck and thanks for a great idea.

  2. Ok these came out great. I changed a couple things. I used parchment paper at first until the cooking time is done then remove the paper and spray the tops with olive oil before you put it under the broiler . A fantastic alternative to make Vada. Thank you so much !! Ben

    1. Thanks for the feedback, and glad you like them :)


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