No-Fry Rasam Vada

Is it possible to make something already healthy even healthier?

Yes there is!

By cooking this Tamil staple in the appam maker, my unique recipe makes this tangy delicacy high on taste and unbelievably low on calories! 

All the more reason to indulge…even on a diet!

Prep Time: 20 min + 4hours (to soak the dal)    Cooking Time: 40 min        Makes: 15 pcs

Ingredients of the Rasam:
1/4 tea cup tur dal
4 tomatoes
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cumin coriander powder
Salt to taste

For the Rasam Paste:
3/4 teacup coriander with stem
12 clove garlic
20 black pepper
Piece of ginger (1″)
2 tsp cumin seed’

For Tempering:
2 tbsp oil
2 dry red chili ( I prefer Kashmiri )
1 tbsp urad dal. (split black gram)
1/2 tsp mustard seed
6 curry leaves
1/8 tsp asafoetida (hing)

For the Vada:
1 tea cup urad dal (soaked for 3 to 4 hours)
3 green chilli (finely chopped)
Salt to taste
Oil for shallow fry

Method for the Rasam:

  1. Cook the tur dal in the pressure cooker with one cup of water 
  2. Boil the tomatoes, make a pulp and strain it
  3. Add all the ingredients for the paste in a mixer and make a paste  (add little salt and lime so that the color doesn’t change)
  4. Heat the oil, add the mustard seeds, urad dal, dry red chilli, curry leaves and
    asafoetida (hing)
  5. When the mustard seeds start crackling and the urad dal turns brown, add the paste and sauté it for  a while, then add the tur dal and tomato pulp
  6. Add the dhania powder and turmeric  powder
  7. Add water to bring the rasam to your preferred consistency 
  8. Boil the rasam

Method for the Vada:

  1. Grind the urad dal
  2. Add salt and finely chopped chilli and mix well
  3. Heat the appam pan and grease all the moulds with little oil
  4. Add a spoonful of vada batter in all the moulds and let them fry on a slow flame (add little oil from side if required)
  5. When one side becomes golden brown flip it on other side and fry it until both sides have nice golden brown color
  6. Add these vadas to the rasam
  7. Serve hot

Note: You can add a little fruit salt to the batter, if the vadas aren’t soft (Generally you won’t need it)


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