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Baked Batata Vada

One of the popular street food of India batata vada ( fried potato dumplings) usually served with green chutney or with pav. This is best tea time snacks enjoyed with a cup of hot tea.These are usually deep fried spiced potato dumplings dipped in gram flour batter. Here i have made a healthy less oil version of these vadas using an appam pan.


  • 4-5 boiled poatatoes
  • a pinch of red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • salt to taste
  • chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ajwain seeds( carrom seeds)
  • 1 1/4 cup gram flour/besan
  • a pinch of soda
  • chopped green chillies
  • oil as required


  • Mash the boiled potatoes in a bowl and add in salt to taste. mix well and keep aside.Heat a  wok and add in a tbsp of oil, add in cumin seeds, once it starts to crackle add in the grated ginger and green chilies. Add in potatoes, red chilli powder,turmeric powder and garam masala and coriander leaves.Mix well and keep aside to cool
  • in another bowl mix besan, salt to taste, ajwain seeds and soda. add in water to form a thick batter. Batter should be slightly thick than the usual batter.
  • Heat the appam pan, add in a drop of oil in each cavity coating it well.
  • Make small balls and dip each of them the batter coating the balls evenly with the help of a spoon. Place them carefully in each cavity, cover and cook on low heat for a minimum of 5 mins on each side or until cooked thoroughly.
  • Serve hot just with plain ketchup or green chutney or with pavs.

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