Baked Masala Vadai

By DK on Jun 02, 2009
Baked Masala Vadai | Baked South Indian snack
When I made those delicious Masala Vadai recently I had some batter left over. I dint want to fry them once again - I mean even my weighing machine fairy will not forgive me!! So what did I do? Obviously bake them! " What Baked Masala Vadas? Are you crazy? " - Heard ya. Of course its nothing like the fried ones, but better baked than not eating at all - I say!.  I have to tell you - when you bake them, the aroma seems multifold, dunno why. If you don't believe me - try it yourself.
Baked Masala Vadai | Baked South Indian snack
Basic Information
Prep Time: 1 to 2 hours
Cook Time: Under 15 min
Serves: 2 people
Yield: Makes around 6-10 vadais depending on the size and thickness
Method is very simple. Preheat the oven 400F. The trick is to flatten the fritters as thin as possible and cook it fairly quickly. Otherwise, if thick - they don't get done on the inside. Or if cooked for a long time, they get dried out faster and taste like rubber.Grease the baking sheet with PAM spray (or oil), drop spoonful of batter spaced out and spread it thinly. Pour out wee bit oil on top to avoid drying out and to enable it to brown well. Baked Masala Vadai | Baked South Indian snack Bake them for 10-15min ( approx.time depending on your oven). Lift them in the middle to check if they have browned on the underside. Flip them and bake again for another 10min until golden brown. Baked Masala Vadai | Baked South Indian snack Remove and serve immediately. Just like the fried ones - these are best served the minute they are made. Baked Masala Vadai | Baked South Indian snack Serve with ketchup or any condiment of your choice. Baked Masala Vadai | Baked South Indian snack
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26 Responses to “Baked Masala Vadai”
  1. Radha

    correction I shouldn’t have said its always roasted, it is often roasted and cooked. there are reasons for it.

  2. Sis

    Thank you so much for the tips. Its a big success! Going to try the steamed version as well

  3. Gowri

    I make baked masala vadas by first steaming them and then baking. It doesn’t stick and turns out almost like fried ones. Spray a little oil in the sheet and on top of the steamed vadais too.

  4. So I tried these, but unfortunately the baking didn’t work. I had left them in for less than 8 minutes and they were sticking to the nonstick baking sheet, even after putting a lot of baking spray.
    Any suggestions?

  5. anonymous

    Just tried these. Pretty impressed :-D .

  6. Purvi

    My baked vadis do not turn brown, why would that be? Have tried baking chaklis as well, same issue.

    I think its cos of uneven heat/not enough heat.

  7. Nittu

    Awesome !! Thanks!! Keep posting such recipes…

  8. all your comments on jugalbandi see to be going to spam. re: roasting, it’s not the time that matters when i comes to killing enzymes. it’s the temperature – raw food is anything below 140F, but even between 120 and 130 is believed to kill some bacteria and yeast.

  9. I’ve got to bake these as well. They look beautifully brown and crisp.

  10. Wow, they look so appetizing. Great way to enjoy small treats. Thank for posting such a healthy version of your vadas.

    Have a great day!

    Ramya Kiran

  11. Those look amazing! I will have to try them soon, my husband will love them! Thanks for the idea.

  12. I was waiting for this.I knew you will try baking them.They have come out so well.Must try this one.

    Girl! U do know me so well :)

  13. I would call these masala cookies or Indian cookies!

  14. Call it healthier version oh now that we can relish on every deep fried item with baking and MV making things simple as well as healthier!!! the vada looks great!!!

  15. Oh wonderful! I am so glad you posted a baked version of these delights.

  16. Wow the baked wadas looks like same as u deep fry the wadas.Yummy vadas.

  17. Wow wat a healthy way to have masala vada..looks prefect and crunchy!

  18. Though I always love the fried version, I often bake my vadais , its soo much healthier & guit free

    You said it right! It sure is

  19. I too bake my fried items usually..just posted baked vegetable rolls…baking is so much healthier

  20. Oh wow healthy way to indulge this vada….looks yum….

  21. DK..Baked Look’s just perfect as fried one’s. once i have tried with Banana flower vadai. the taste was so similar..

  22. Looks in tht Q too used paniaram maker for my sambar vada! Next step is to bake :)

    I use and abuse the paniyaram maker so much! I think the last I made paniyaram is currently forgotten! I use it more for other purposes than its originally intended one! :)

  23. Healthy and yummy.. Baking vadai is new to me. Will try these.

  24. DK, believe me or not I also baked masala vadais day before yesterday and was going to post it shortly. It comes out so well right!

    It sure does Madhu! I esp. was enamored by the aroma while baking! It was more so than when you fry!

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