Nov 17, 2011

Low-fat Aama Vadai

Aama vadai or masala vadai is a deep fried fritter made with chana dal. It serves as a great accompaniment to evening tea. I tried a low fat option by making it in my kuzhipaniyaram pan instead of deep frying. This method uses very little oil and tastes very much like the classic aama vadai. Though you compromise on the taste the deep fried aama vadai gives, this version wins in the health aspect!

Channa Dhal/Bengal gram Dhal - 1 cup
Onion - 1 small sized
Green chillies - 2
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Asafoetida/Hing - 1/4 teaspoon (optional)
Shahjeera / Fennel Seeds / Sombhu - 1 teaspoon
Coriander leaves finely chopped -1 tablespoon
Salt to taste


  1. Soak the channa dhal for about 2 hours in water.
  2. Drain the water and grind together the soaked dhal, green chillies, asafoetida and salt to form a coarse paste.
  3. Chop the onions finely.
  4. To the ground mixture, add the chopped onions, shah jeera, curry leaves and coriander leaves.
  5. Heat the kuzhipaniyaram pan and drizzle little oil, about half a teaspoon in each hole. 
  6. Once the oil gets hot, with a spoon, take a little of the ground mixture and add it to each hole.
  7. Reduce the heat to medium flame and cook for about two minutes. Take care it does not burn.
  8. With a spoon flip the vadai and cook for a couple more minutes.
  9. Once done, remove the vadais and serve hot with tea!
  10. Also tastes great with some ketchup.


  1. Vadais that too low fat, who is to complain :)

  2. I tried them too in the paniyaram chatti, nothing comes closer to the deep fried vadais though. Looks delicious.

  3. Healthy way of having a snack...Look delicious...

  4. Nice idea to make it as low fat! Have to try that.

  5. I too use the pan to make vadas, I don't find that much of a difference in taste, but the vadas do look different when made like this. We don;t mind though, as long as its healthy.
    These vadas sound delicious!

  6. Wowo indeed lowfat and still looks so good.

  7. Yumm..vada, and that too low fat... i am in for it!!

  8. Super delicious and definitely a guilt free vadais..

  9. Thats delicious! I'm seriously craving for a cuppa chai with this vadai. Right now!

  10. good, you have given a twist to a traditional recipe

  11. Blessins.
    looks it resembles a dish we call ackra done with saled cod fish.

  12. Super Divya. They look yummy and its healthier.

  13. Ama vadai is one of Desi's favorites. Thanks for the healthy version, Divya. I need to get one of those pans.

  14. This is a wonderful idea!!! Paniyaram pan ki jao ho! :) I'm using it to make healthy versions of almost all fried stuff - made pakodas today...Yummy :) Guilt-free!


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