Dal Vada….. with a healthy twist!

Crispy on the outside, soft and ‘melt in your mouth good’ inside, these vegetarian, gluten free  Dal Vadas, with corn and avocado, are not deep fried either!

Gluten free, protein rich, split pea fritters that are not fried! Figure friendly, healthy recipe with avocados,corn and olive oil.
Dal Vada….. with a healthy twist!

Dal Vadas are rich in protein and a great gluten free snack. They are typically made with chana dal or yellow split peas and spices. I love how the flavor of sweet corn compliments the astringent dal, so I added corn to the mix.

Traditionally Dal Vadas are deep fried and best when eaten hot out of the fryer. When they cool down, the texture changes dramatically and they taste very dry.

That is why I thought of adding avocado to the mix! The healthy avocado also makes these vadas soft and buttery on the inside.  Plus, making them in the aape pan with just a couple of drops of olive oil made them crisp on the outside, without the deep frying.

We have had cold , damp and rainy weather for the past two weeks now and these warm , crisp and luscious Dal Vadas, served with the avocado chutney, have certainly brightened our drab days 🙂

Here is the easy step by step-

Gluten free, protein rich, split pea fritters that are not fried! Figure friendly, healthy recipe with avocados,corn and olive oil.
The simple ingredients for yummy Dal Vadas -Step 1 and 2

If you are using fresh tender corn, check out my easy method of removing the corn kernels in the recipe for  Raw corn koshimbir

Gluten free, protein rich, split pea fritters that are not fried! Figure friendly, healthy recipe with avocados,corn and olive oil.
Dal Vada batter in aape/ebelskiever pan -Step 3
Gluten free, protein rich, split pea fritters that are not fried! Figure friendly, healthy recipe with avocados,corn and olive oil.
Cover and let cook on low

Dal Vadas....with a healthy twist

  • Servings: 18~20
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • ½ cup chana dal or yellow split peas
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 dried red chilies (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ cup  fresh steamed or defrosted corn kernels
  • ½ avocado, peeled, pitted and chopped
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Olive oil

To make the Dal Vadas-

  1. Wash the chana dal with several changes of water and drain. Soak in fresh water for about 4 hours. Drain reserving about ¼ cup of the water. Grind the chana dal, garlic, chilies and cumin seeds, using only as much water as needed to grind the dal and spices coarsely.
  2. Add the corn kernels, avocado and salt. Mix well.
  3. Heat the appe/abelskiever pan over medium heat. Add a drop of oil in each indentation and immediately top it with the chana dal batter. Add a couple of drops of oil around the side of each indentation. Reduce heat to low and cover.
  4. Let them cook for about 3~4 minutes or until golden brown. Turn them in the pan, cover and let them cook on the other side for about 2 minutes.
  5. Repeat with the rest of the batter. Serve with avocado chutney.


  • Finely diced onion, cilantro, curry leaves or celery also taste good in this batter.
  • Batter can be made ahead of time and refrigerated. Bring it to room temperature before making the vadas.

Gluten free, protein rich, split pea fritters that are not fried! Figure friendly, healthy recipe with avocados,corn and olive oil.
Figure friendly ,Dal Vadas with avocado and corn- crisp on the outside, luscious inside!

I hope you enjoy these  Dal Vadas as much as we did!



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    1. Thanks so much Antonia! I hope you had a great Mother’s Day too. I am sorry for my delayed response.

  1. This looks real good Sandhya. Love that appe pan you always use, it’s like an Indian muffin pan. Great that they are not fried too. So tell me, how do you grind it all? In a blender or a food processor? The addition of avocado not only provides the soft center, but also gives it a touch of green….clever gal :). Any big plans for Mother’s Day?

    1. Loretta,
      I am so sorry to be replying so late….it has been such a busy time. Mother’s day itself was very busy with my volunteering activities at the Sunday school. Both my kids were away but had very thoughtful gifts and touching cards for me…they know how much their Mamma loves food and things around the kitchen:) My husband brought me roses and took me out for lunch on Saturday to my favorite seafood place. Were your girls home for mother’s day? I am sure your hubby and the girls made your day extra special too.
      Thank you so much for your sweet words about the Dal Vadas. I blended the mixture in a blender as the food processor leaves it a bit too grainy for it to come together. I use a minimum amount of water in the blender….just enough to blend it. I was just writing to Aruna of Aharam that I seem to be obsessed with avocados 🙂 But we love them and it is healthy so every time I go to Costcos, I grab another bag of avocados:) The corn and avocado really made a difference in both the taste and texture of the Dal Vadas.
      Thanks again for all your encouraging words!

      1. Loretta, can you believe your reply was deleted again? I have been trying to retrieve it.So glad that I had read it before it ‘vanished’
        I agree with you that we do not need a special day for our children to remember us and feel blessed to have these ‘good’ kiddies’ everyday.
        I put the avocados in the refrigerator once they are ripe and that has worked for a couple of weeks so far.

    1. Thanks Beenish! I was happy with the results of my experiment!
      Btw, I am drooling over your Yakhni recipe….have to make it soon!

      1. Yeah it looks good too.. Thanks alot, its my all time go to. I made my daughter drink this after she had her baby and she was not a very happy camper 😂

      2. She will appreciate it later….old is gold at times, right? I realize now that there was wisdom behind why certain foods were given to post partum women.

    1. Thank you Aruna. I was just thinking that I am a little too obsessed with avocados:) But we love the taste and it is healthy. So why not, right?

    1. Thank you Sharvari. I am so glad I experimented because they tasted really good with the avocado!
      How is the little bacchu doing? You must be so busy!

    1. Do let me know how it comes out Swapna! This recipe should work with mung dal also.

    1. I have not made them in a muffin tin myself but I think they would work great in a ‘mini’ muffin tin.

  2. I love the use of avocado in this vada. I do not much enjoy it so try and avoid it but make like a vada I am sure I will love it!!

  3. Such lovely dal vadas and healthy too. Its definitely a must try recipe and just love the idea of adding avocado to the mix. Its a wonderful way to use up overripe avocado which no one wants to eat.

  4. I love your healthy fusion recipes, so creative and innovative. I love the idea of using apple pan to make the vadas.

  5. WOW !!!! love this healthy twist sandhya here 🙂
    Yes, it is so innovative by the addition of avocado here.Use of apple pan to make the vadas are tempting me to try sometime sure !

    1. Neeta, I did not see that happening but honestly the Vadas were gobbled up so fast in my home that I did not have any leftovers 🙂

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