Recently updated on March 4th, 2020

Oil-Free No-Cook Dahi Vada… sounds unbelievable? But these are actually like this. This Dahi Vada recipe that I am sharing with you today is oil-free and also without any cooking involved. A very easy recipe which even children can make. Apt for the humid climate or for sudden guests or when there is not enough time or simply when you are not in a mood of any hardcore cooking.

Be it a Chaat party or any festival or any get-together or lunch or dinner, it is incomplete without the preparation of Dahi Vada. These are undoubtedly the essence of the menu of any party. Fried dumplings of lentils, covered with yogurt and tamarind dip adds dollops of exoticness to any Indian menu.

Make it on Holi, Diwali and for parties or just like that. In fact, this recipe is just perfect for fireless cooking competitions in school.

No Cook Dahi Vada, Oil-Free No-Cook Dahi Vada

Healthy Oil-free Dahi Vada

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Why Go For No-Cook Dahi Vada?

Dahi Vada is generally made with lentils. Lentils are first soaked then ground into a paste, beaten a lot to give the desired softness and then finally its balls (dumplings )are deep fried!

Sucha lengthy and laborious process! And thus requires time and planning. Apart from this, more and more people are switching over to healthy foods and thus do not want to have anything fried.

In both these cases, these Oil-free No-Cook Dahi Vada are a boon and serves the purpose very well.

Main Ingredient In No-Cook Dahi Vada

These no-cook Dahi Vadas are made with bread. These are very much no-cook and get ready very quickly but calling them instant would not be correct. Why I am saying so, will soon be clear to you.

If you make these bread dahi vada as per this recipe, I bet no one will be able to make out that this is bread.

Memory Lane

I learned this recipe long back. I tried many times but then soon got put off with it. Reason? The reason was that it tasted of raw and soggy bread hence spoilt the taste. Thus, I gave up this recipe.

Then one day, while having lunch at my sister in law, Vandana Gupta’s place, I had Dahi Vada and liked it a lot. Very soft and very delicious. On asking she told me that those were made of bread. Unbelievable!

Then why that taste of the bread was not there? She shared her secret with me and I will soon share that same secret with you all.

How To Make No-Cook Dahi Vada?

For making these Dahi Vada, you need bread and some filling of your choice. Normally this filling is of coconut, nuts and ginger. You can adjust the filling as per your choice.

Detailed Recipe Of No-Cook Dahi Vada With Step By Step Pics

  • Make the filling. For this take grated coconut, chopped nuts like almonds and cashews, raisins, chironji, ginger julienne, pomegranate pearls and chopped coriander leaves. Mix everything and keep it aside.
No Cook Dahi Vada, Oil-Free No-Cook Dahi Vada
  • Now take bread. You can take any bread here, be it white or brown or multigrain. But, to be honest, white bread suits this recipe the best. First of all, trim the edges of the bread.
 
No Cook Dahi Vada, Oil-Free No-Cook Dahi Vada
  • Keep a bowl of water. Take one slice of bread, dip it in the water and squeeze all water by pressing it between your palms.
No Cook Dahi Vada, Oil-Free No-Cook Dahi Vada
  • Keep 1 or 2 tablespoons of filling in the squeezed bread and close it. Shape it round by pressing between your hands. Just like you make bread rolls. But see that you give it round shape and not oval.
No Cook Dahi Vada, Oil-Free No-Cook Dahi Vada
  • Make all the vadas like this.
No Cook Dahi Vada, Oil-Free No-Cook Dahi Vada
  • Now, smoothen curd by whisking it for a while. Add little sugar powder, cumin powder in the curd and mix properly.
No Cook Dahi Vada, Oil-Free No-Cook Dahi Vada
  • In a shallow dish, keep all the stuffed vadas. Pour smoothened yogurt over them so that they are fully covered in it. Keep this and the leftover yogurt in the refrigerator. Do not serve it immediately.
No Cook Dahi Vada, Oil-Free No-Cook Dahi Vada
  • Now comes the trick. Let it be like this at least for a few hours, better if kept overnight or even for a day in the refrigerator. The trick is that in this resting time, bread absorbs yogurt very well and thus does not taste raw at all.
  • At the time of serving, add salt in the prepared yogurt and put it over these. Then little tamarind or dried mango powder chutney, little green coriander chutney. If looking for Instant Meethi Chutney With Amchoor then check here.
No Cook Dahi Vada, Oil-Free No-Cook Dahi Vada
  • Serve with love, food optional 🙂

Recipe Card Of No-Cook Dahi Vada

No-Cook Dahi Vada

These oil-free, no-cook Dahi Vadas taste as good as the ones made with lentils provided you take certain precautions. These are a boon for anyone who is pressed of time or avoids fried food.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword No Cook DahiVada, Oil free DahiVada
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Samira

Ingredients

For Vadas

  • 4 Slice White Bread
  • 2 Tbsp Grated Coconut
  • 1 Tbsp Pomegranate Pearls
  • 1 tsp Ginger Julienne
  • 1 tsp Raisins
  • 1 Tbsp Chopped Nuts (Almonds, Cashews etc)
  • 1 tsp Chironji
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Yogurt

  • 1 Cup Cup Thick Curd
  • 1 tsp Salt (Or As Per Taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Rock Salt
  • 1 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chat Masala
  • 1/4 tsp Red Chilli Powder (Optional)

Amchoor Or Tamarind Chutney

Green Coriander Chutney

Instructions

For Vadas

  1. Make the filling. For this take grated coconut, chopped nuts like almonds and cashews, raisins, chironji (cirotrgi), ginger julienne, pomegranate pearls and chopped coriander leaves. Mix everything and keep it aside.

  2. Take bread. You can take any bread here, be it white or brown or multigrain. But, to be honest, white bread suits this recipe the best. First of all, trim the edges of the bread.

  3. Keep a bowl of water. Take one slice of bread, dip it in the water and squeeze all water by pressing it between your palms.

  4. Keep 1 or 2 tablespoons of filling in the squeezed bread and close it. Shape it round by pressing between your hands. Just like you make bread rolls. But see that you give it a round shape and not oval. 

  5. Make all the vadas like this.

For Yogurt

  1. Using a whisk, smoothen yogurt.

  2. Add roasted cumin powder, chat masala and chilli powder. Do not add salt at this stage.

Assembly

  1. In a shallow dish, keep all the stuffed vadas. Pour smoothened yogurt over them so that they are fully covered in it. Keep this and the leftover yogurt in the refrigerator.

  2. Do not serve it immediately.

  3. Now comes the trick. Let it be like this at least for a few hours. You can even keep like this up to a day. The trick is that in this resting time, bread absorbs yogurt very well and thus does not taste raw at all.

  4. At the time of serving, add salt in the prepared yogurt and put it over these. Then little tamarind or dried mango powder chutney, little green coriander chutney.

  5. Serve with love, food optional :)-

Recipe Notes

  1. For filling, take nuts of your choice.
  2. You can take dry coconut also.
  3. Any type of bread can be taken.
  4. Squeeze the bread well between the palms, so that all the water is removed.
  5. Soak the prepared vadas in yogurt for at least an hour.

 

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Dahi Vada, Kanji Vada, Thandai and any form of Chat is very well associated with Holi. These are some of the must-have delicacies on this festival. So, for this month’s Blogging Marathon, I thought that this recipe would fit in beautifully under the Festival theme, hence came up with this post.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing this BM#98 No Cook Dahi Vada, Oil-Free No-Cook Dahi Vada

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Samira

No Cook Dahi Vada, Oil-Free No-Cook Dahi Vada