April 6, 2013

Oats Masala Vadai | Savoury Oats Fritters | Quick Tea time snacks

Oats in a different form. And deep fried delight. Its quite an oxymoron, isnt it ? Healthy fried delight... Try this out and you would love it. Oats is a standard ingredient in my grocery shopping and I keep looking for healthier and tasty ways to include it in our diet. 
After Oats Moong Tikki , Oats Upma , Oats Pongal and Oats Dosa, it was time for some indulgence. And what a protein packed and fibre rich snack it turned out to be. Its the Paruppu Vadai  / Aama Vadai (Lentil fritters) but with a twist.. Suited for parties and potlucks, this goes well with Coconut Chutney or Green Chutney.  Sending it to Day 6 of April Mega Marathon here.
Also to Mir who is hosting What's With My Cuppa

Prep time : 2 hours (soaking) + 15 mins grinding | Fry time : 15 mins | Makes : 20 Vadais
Spice level : Medium
Difficulty level : Easy

Toor Dal / split pigeon pea- 1/4 cup
Channa Dal / Bengal gram - 1/4 cup
Oats - 3/4 cup
Salt - to taste
Fennel seeds (Saunf) - 1/2 tsp
Red chillies - 1 or 2 (adjust spice)
Green chillies -  2 or 3
Onions - 2 medium (finely chopped)
Oil - to deep fry

Soak the Dals with red chillies in warm water for 2 hours. Drain.
Dry Roast the Oats for 4 - 5 mins just so they turn warm to the touch. Cool in a wide plate. 
Soak Oats in water for 15 mins before grinding - the water should be adequate enough to just wet the Oats.
Grind the drained lentils with all other ingredients except onions and oil to a coarse mixture
Transfer the ground mixture and add chopped onions and mix well. 
Check for salt and spice level. Refrigerate for 15 mins.
Meanwhile heat the oil for frying (approx 2 cups) to medium hot
Make small flat roundels and fry the roundels (or vadais) till golden brown & crisp
Drain on absorbent paper
Enjoy hot with a cup of tea 


  1. Love love oats in anything, super crispy vadas..Feel like munching some.

  2. I guess it's ok to indulge in deep fried love once in a while..:)

  3. Never made vada with oats, yummy crispy and delicious.

  4. Wahh very protein rich and crisp looking vadas nice color.. yes as valli said once in a while deep fried yummys ok...

  5. Love to add oats sneakily :) This has been in my to do list for a long time now.

  6. wow healthy version of masala vadai :) looks so delicious.. tempting me dear :)

  7. nice twist to the regular masala vadas..looks nice and yummy.

  8. Looks healthy and delicious!! :) http://www.rita-bose-cooking.com/

  9. Deep fried goodness that no can resist! Beautiful vadais :)

  10. Lovely beauties..sinful..no dear they are healthy too...oats hai na! ...no kidding they look very inviting.

  11. u r soon going to take over for posting the highest number of oats based recipe, this is awesome way to use it, looks nice

  12. Love the addition of oats to masala vada. They look crispy and delicious.

  13. That's like PJ! There are so many oats recipes at her space. I too buy oats, always with an intention to make granola, but almost never make it :(.

    The vadas look super good!

  14. I love the flavor of onions in these vadas. Love it.

  15. Healthy vada, nice idea.

  16. Love the vadas. Love the isea of sneaking in oats.

  17. very tempting and crispy vadas.. superr idea of adding oats in there!!!!
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  18. That's a smart way to incorporate oats into a traditional dish.


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