Baked – Yellow moong dal dahi/yogurt Vada

Dahi vada


Traditionally dahi vadas are deep fried dumplings soaked in yogurt but for the healthier option choose baking , this can be served as a snack or chaat.

These are baked lentil dumplings dipped in yogurt and topped with spices. To make it low in calorie I have baked vadas instead of deep fry; Also used yellow moong dal instead of urad dal, which is packed with calcium and proteins. (Though I bake many dishes but to bake vadas the confidence came only after checking post from Vidya @ Traditionally Modern Food).

This appetizer can be served with dates -tamarind chutney or mint chutney.

Makes: 4-5servings
Preparation time: 15mins
Baking time: 30mins


  • Yellow moong dal-1/3cup
  • Split chickpeas/chana dal-2tbsp
  • Green chilli-2num
  • Ginger-1/2inch
  • Salt- as per tatse
  • Fruit salt-2tsp
  • Carom seeds/ajwain-1tsp

For masala dahi/yogurt:

  • Low fat yogurt-11/2-2cups
  • Salt- as per taste
  • Chilli powder-1/2tsp
  • Chat masala-1/2tsp
  • Roasted cumin powder-1tsp
  • Honey-1tsp
  • Garnishing:
  • Chopped coriander- a handful


For vadas:

  • Wash and Soak moong dal over night, drain thoroughly.
  • Combine moong dal, ginger, green chillies and blend in a mixer to a coarse paste adding 1-2tbsp of water if required.
  • Transfer the batter to a bowl; add baking soda, Ajwain. Salt and mix well
  • Pre-heat the oven at 200 deg c , grease lightly muffin trays and set aside.
  • Pour a ladle full of batter to each and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the toothpick inserted comes out clear by turning half way. (mini muffin tray will do if its big one then just fill half way)

For masala yogurt/dahi:

  • In a bowl beat yogurt, chilli powder, cumin powder, chat masala, salt, honey with few table spoon of water if required.
  • Drop the baked vadas in the yogurt.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander and serve immediately or it can be served chilled as well.


  • You can deep fry if you donโ€™t wish to bake.
  • If you have green chutney, tamarind chutney handy go ahead and add it.
  • You can use urad dal instead of moong and follow the same procedure.

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on July 13, 2014, in Indian, Starters and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. Thanks for your pleasing words Chitra:) wow moong dal and chana dal vada sounds awesome, will try soon thanks:)


  2. I will definitely try to bake these tomorrow. I grow chili peppers and ginger but didn’t have too many ways to cook them. Now I have a new dal recipe, thank you!


  3. Anything baked from the traditional ways of frying in oil, I am definitely in. And I feel(my feeling) it doesn’t change the taste at all. This looks fabulous Chitra ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. That looks delicious! Love the yogurt part, sounds very yummy and creamy. ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Excellent recipe Chitra:)


  6. Wowow that lools healthy again. .

    But I would prefer my vada with sambar. . Yummmy


  7. Saving this to try! Would you believe I’ve never had Indian food?


  8. Chithrraaa……this looks heavenly!!!!yum yum


  9. Wow!! Sounds really yummy and Healthy… Nice!! Loved it..


  10. Yum ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Your recipes are so unique โค Way to go. I bought Coconut Yogurt. Have to try these


  11. Nice healthy twist. Will try tommorow.


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