BM #132 Week 2 Day 2 - 

In this week of Holi Festival Series, here is a unique and healthy version of Dahi Bhalle made with Sooji and they are ready in minutes.

They are melt in the mouth and hardly any different in taste from the traditional ones.

Recipe Source here
Ingredients - 
For the Vada - 
Sooji / Bombay Rava 1 cup
Curds 1/2 cup
Salt as needed
Ginger+ Green Chili Paste 2 tsp (Or as needed)
Asafotida 2-3 pinches
Oil as needed to make in the Paniyaram pan /Abelskiver / Appe pan / Ponganala Penam
For the Dahi Vada -
Curds, 2-3 cups (approximately)
Salt, Powdered Sugar to taste
Roasted Cumin Powder 1 tsp (or as needed)
Red Chili Powder 1 tsp (or as needed)
Chaat Masala Powder 1 tsp (or as needed)
Coriander Leaves, finely chopped 2 Tbsp 
Tamarind-Date Chutney as needed

Method Of Preparation -

For the Low Fat Vada - Using the Paniyaram Pan
In a mixing bowl, add sooji and curds. Mix well and set aside.

After 10-15 minutes, add in the ginger-green chili paste, salt, asafotida and a few spoons of water and whisk the batter for atleast 2-3 minutes to aerate the batter. The batter should be like the Idli batter consistency.

Just before preparing the vadas in the paniyaram pan, sprinkle ENO fruit salt and a few drops of water and gently mix the batter.

The batter will be very fluffy and airy.

Heat the paniyaram pan, in each of the slots, add about 1/4 tsp of oil. Pour 2 teaspoons of batter into each of the slots, cover and let them cook for 2-3 minutes.

The undersides brown pretty fast. Flip them around and allow the other sides to get golden brown. Gently remove them and continue with the rest of the batter.

Assembling Dahi Vadas - 
Prepare the curds by whisking it and adding salt and powdered sugar as needed.

In a mixing bowl, take about 4-5 cups of water and add a few pinches of salt and asafotida. Soak the prepared vadas in the water for about 4-5 minutes.

Gently squeeze out the water and arrange in a tray/platter, pour the curds evenly covering all the vadas.

Drizzle Tamarind-Date Chutney, sprinkle roasted cumin powder, red chili powder, chaat masala powder, garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Serve them chilled.


Preparation Time 30-40 minutes
Makes 20-22 


  1. Anusha Says:
  2. This is such a healthy way to enjoy Dahi vada. Beautifully presented, Harini

  3. Srivalli Says:
  4. Awesome dish Harini, love how healthy this has turned out to be...very nice!

  5. Radha Says:
  6. Wow! Making with sooji is amazing! This quick recipe will be loved by everyone!

  7. We love Dahi vada and making them in appe pan is a perfect way!!

  8. Srividhya Says:
  9. Great idea to use appe pan for making the vada. Such a guilt-free dish for any occasion.

  10. Wow, this is a healthy version of dahi bhalle.. And it also doesn't require too much of prep time unlike regular bhalle where we need to soak dal.

  11. Rafeeda AR Says:
  12. I love this recipe! I love dahi bhalla but the urad dal ones make me feel a little fidgety. This one sounds more makeable... and looks delicious...

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