Do You Know You Can Make Dahi Vadas Without Even Frying The Vadas? Here’s The Hack
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When I think about street food, my Odia foodie heart goes straight to a dona of dahibara aloo dum topped with a generous amount of sev, chopped onions and coriander leaves. The soft and fluffy vadas topped with the spicy aloo dum and crunchy sev is perfect to set one’s mood for the day. To amp the dish up, some vendors also add a variety of chutneys which certainly adds a zing to the flavours. However, when the second wave hit, my habit of having dahibara-aloo dum for breakfast took a backseat. When I told my mom to make dahibara-aloo dum at home, I had to hear tantrums and taunts about the amount of time and effort the dish demands. From soaking the lentils and rice overnight to make the vadas to soaking the peas to make ghugni, the dish has way too many elements and requires dedicated effort worth hours.

Most of us don’t prefer making dahi vada at home due to the same reason. And buying it from the market also has its own disadvantages- nutrition and hygiene being the topmost. So, to help you make dahi vadas at home with little time and no fuss, we have a dahi vada recipe where you don’t need to fry the vadas. Here you go.


1. Soak some semolina in a bowl of dahi and set aside for 15 minutes.

2. Add some pounded ginger, chopped green chillies, salt, a dash of red chilli powder, some chopped cashew nuts and a teaspoon of baking soda to it. Adjust the consistency by adding water.

3. Now, to make the vadas you can use an appe pan and brush the cavities with some oil.

4. Cook the vadas in the appe pan till they are perfectly crisp.

5. Soak the vadas in a bowl of lukewarm water seasoned with salt, hing and black pepper powder.

6. Take curd in a bowl and season with salt, a tablespoon of powdered sugar and a pinch of black pepper powder.

7. Squeeze the excess water from the vadas and place them on a plate.

8. Add these vadas to the bowl of curd mixture.

9. You can now serve these dahi vadas simply with some chutneys and sprinkles of red chilli powder and chaat masala or make the OG Odia street food- dahibara aloo dum.

Try this method to make non-fried sooji vadas at home and let us know how they turn out.