Baked Masala Vada

Here is a guilt free indulgence for a rainy day! I had bookmarked this almost 2 years back and I made it the other day. The most interesting addition to this was flax seeds. 

I found these to  be addictive and my older one confirms! Though my husband says he would have gladly gobbled up the deep fried version. Anyway this recipe is a winner (3-1). My older one made sure I promised to bake these often while the Dad put on a long face :).

Anyway here it is for Day 8 Week 3 of BM #27.

Ingredients - 

Chana Dal 1/2 cup
Toor Dal 1/2 cup
Flax Seeds 2 Tbsp
Onion finely chopped, 1/2 cup
Peanuts handful
Salt as needed
Ginger as needed
Green Chillies as needed
Baking Powder 1 tsp
Oil 1 Tbsp

Baked Masala Vada
Method Of Preparation -

Wash and soak Chana Dal and Toor Dal for 3-4 hours.

Drain and coarse grind the dals adding as little water as needed. Separately grind the flax seeds, green chillies and ginger to a fine paste. 

Mix the coarsely ground dals, flax seed mixture and coarsely chopped peanuts along with salt and baking powder. Fold in the finely chopped onions.

Mix well adding a little oil and the dough is ready. 

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line parchment paper on a baking tray and set aside.

Divide the dough into lime sized portions and flatten them into 1 cm thick discs or patties and place them on the baking tray. Spray oil on each of the patties and bake them for 35 min.

Flip them after about 25 min so they get browned evenly on both sides.

I broiled them for a couple of minutes for a crispier vadas.
I served them with tomato chutney and tea for the adults while the kiddo wanted strawberry milk.

Baked Masala Vada

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#27.

Preparation Time 15 min + Baking Time 35
Makes 18


  1. delicious and mouthwatering vada masala.

  2. Sunanda Says:
  3. Crispy and yummy!! Perfect one with tea...Can I join u for Tea?:-)

    Sunandas Kitchen

  4. is this possible.....loved your try

  5. Priya Suresh Says:
  6. Definitely an excellent snack, totally guilt free and inviting, love this baked ones anytime.

  7. Archana Says:
  8. Delicious and mouthwatering. This is a great option for me as I avoid deep frying.

  9. Srivalli Says:
  10. Wow Harini, those baked ones are surely guilt free..can't believe one can make such tempting ones low cal!

  11. Rajani S Says:
  12. I always thought the baked version turns out too it so? Yours look good and its a bonus that its totally guilt free!

  13. Preety Says:
  14. love the baked version

  15. divya Says:
  16. Absolutely delicious. Looks amazing!

  17. Unknown Says:
  18. luv this baked version...
    "Healthy Recipe Substitution" HRS EVENT Mar 20th to May 20th

  19. Sounds interesting and healthy option..a guilt free snack perfect with a cup of tea..

  20. Pavani Says:
  21. Baked masala vadas look crispy and crunchy..

  22. these look so good..feel like picking from that plate.

  23. Suma Gandlur Says:
  24. Great idea Harini. Pindi chala gattiga vundalemo kadha deeniki?

  25. veena Says:
  26. wow!!they look good. Are they as crispy as the fried ones?

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