When one says zero oil dahi wada somehow it's hard for people to believe this.Yes, this was my first reaction too. About 10 years back I was looking for some fat free recipes and that's when a friend suggested to make dahi wada's in a sandwich maker.I remember smiling to myself thinking my friend had gone crazy, but kept my mouth shut. All the same I did try those and found the result average. I never tried them after that.When Nupur announced this challenge I recollected my trial and decided to re do the same recipe.This time I kept the batter little softer and instead of soaking the ready dahi wada, I boiled them for one boil and let them be in that water for a longer period. As a result they absorbed a lot of water and turned super soft.
2cups...........udad dal,washed and soaked for 4-5 hrs
1....................small piece ginger
salt to taste
Grind the daal with green chilly ,ginger and salt to a fine paste.
Remove into a bowl and beat well,
Add a pinch of baking soda.
Preheat a sandwich toaster.
Put a spoon ful of the batter in the toaster.
Sprinkle cumin seeds.
Shut the toaster cover.
Let the wadas cook.
This shall take about 8-10 minutes.
Whisked curd with salt
Dry spices and Garnishes
Red chilly pwd
Roasted cumin pwd
Pumpkin / melon seeds
All the garnishes are optional and subject to availability.
While preparing the wadas
Keep a pan full of water.
Add a pinch of asafoetadia.
Let the water boil.
Add the prepared wadas.
Let boil for a min or two.
Switch off the gas.Cover.
Leave for about 30 mins.
After the water has cooled remove the wada and lightly squeeze them.
Place the wadas in a serving dish.
Pour whisked curd.
Sprinkle the dry spices.
Drizzle sweet chutney.
Garnish with coriander leaves,ginger and green chilly juillines.
You can also sprinkle some raisins,pumpkin seeds or charoli.
I also tried one batch in the paniyaram mould.These came out average I assembled them separately, so I could get the feedback.Well the snack toaster ones were really appreciated..the paniyaram ones were not as soft but surely this option can be worked on to get better results.