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Baked Dahi Vada | Savory Lentil Donuts in Flavorful Yogurt Sauce

These baked Medu Vada or Lentil Donuts are full of spicy goodness. Dipped in a sweet, spicy & tangy yogurt sauce to make a flavorful snack called Dahi Vada!
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Asian, Indian, South Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 donuts
Calories 78.66kcal


To prepare the donut batter

To prepare the donuts


To prepare the donut batter

  • Follow the recipe of Medu Vada to prepare the batter.

To prepare the donuts

  • Preheat oven to 450°F/230°C.
  • Spray the donut pan with cooking oil.
  • Pour a spoonful of batter in each mold.
  • Spray cooking oil spray over it.
  • Bake for 12 minutes.
  • Flip to the other side and continue to bake for another 7-8 minutes.
  • Once evenly browned, take it out of the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes.

To assemble the Dahi Vada

  • Prepare the yogurt mixture by adding whisked yogurt, green chutney, sweet tamarind chutney, chaat masala, paprika, cumin powder, black salt, chopped cilantro and salt.
  • Dip the baked medu vada in the yogurt mixture.
  • Let the vadas soak in the yogurt mixture for a couple of hours before serving.


Add a mix of moong dal along with urad dal when preparing the batter. 
You can add chopped onions to the batter to give it more flavor. 
Do not add a lot of water to grind the dal, in fact add just about enough the grind them to a thick paste. Else the batter will become runny. It needs to be a thick pouring batter consistency. 
Whisk the batter to make it light and fluffy.
Always use chilled yogurt for the recipe.
You can try using any non dairy yogurt instead of the regular one to keep it vegan.
You can also fry them the traditional way. Shape them as donuts or as small balls.
You can serve these savory donuts as is along with a bowl of coconut chutney or spicy green chutney.


Calories: 78.66kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.73g | Protein: 5.55g | Fat: 1.6g | Saturated Fat: 0.88g | Cholesterol: 5.31mg | Sodium: 505.34mg | Potassium: 76.85mg | Fiber: 3.51g | Sugar: 1.96g | Vitamin A: 254.58IU | Vitamin C: 9.36mg | Calcium: 65.38mg | Iron: 1.6mg