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Healthy vada pav recipe (not fried)

Yes, there is a way to enjoy your favourite snack guilt-free. Often we lose our determination to eat healthy because of the temptations and cravings so giving yourself options while also not making it a cheat meal is available for example, in this recipe we have made small changes to the most famous snack(vada-pav) making it healthy vada-pav.

Small changes big results

So let’s start with the pav

Nutrition Value

Britannia pav

1 pav

Calories 128
Carbs 25g
Fat 2g
Protein 3g

Foods that are made from maida have a high glycaemic index hence it will release sugars into the bloodstream quickly. And this causes a sharp insulin response. raises your bad cholesterol (LDL), makes you fat, clogs arteries, raises blood pressure, disrupts blood sugar, keeps you hungry, makes you crave sweets, causes mood swings and ruins your health.

(+ the unhygienic bakery conditions)

Let’s Start

For healthy vada-pav recipe , first let’s make our own wheat flour pav or order it as it is available in the market from trusted brands,

 

Heavenly pavs

A) Activate yeast and make pav

  1. 2 and ½  cup warm milk
  2. 1 tbsp white sugar (dissolve it)
  3. 2 TSP active dry yeast
  4. mix and leave it for 10 to 15 mins or until frothy and bubbly.

 

Preparation and steps for pav:

  • Add 3 and ½  cups of wheat flour 
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp of soft butter
  • mix it all well
  • knead the dough well by applying oil to hands for 5 mins
  • scratch and scrape and knead the dough for 12 mins 
  • keep using oil for kneading 
  • take a piece and check if its stretching and not tearing and that gluten is formed sufficiently 
  • keep the flour in a warm place for an hour or so until it’s double in size
  • knead for a minute
  • cut in 9 parts 
  • make balls putting in edges 
  • put in crease pan cover it for 2 hours till it rises
  • preheat the oven for 400° Fahrenheit
  • brush the risen balls with milk
  • bake it for 20 mins or until  golden brown
  • apply some butter cover with a damp cloth let it sit for 10 mins
  • super-soft buns are ready!

 

B) Vada 

 

  • Bhaji: Potatoes – approx 2 lbs (1 kg), boiled, peeled and mashed
  • Ginger/Green Chili Paste – 1/2 Tbsp
  • Roasted Cumin Powder – 1 tsp
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Lemon Juice – 1.5 Tbsp or to taste
  • Cilantro (Coriander Leaves) – 10 sprigs, finely chopped

 

C) Batter

 

  • Besan (Chickpea Flour) – 1 cup
  • Rice Flour – 2 Tbsp
  • Asafoetida – 1/8 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Baking Soda – 1/4 tsp
  • Red Chili Powder – optional
  • Oil – 1 Tbsp
  • Water – 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp

 

Now the trick 

  • Instead of deep-frying the vada coat it with batter heat a pan add oil or ghee and let it cook till crisp brown then turn the vada and let the other side cook, cover with a lid and keep the heat on medium I assure you it’s as tasty as a fried vada and enjoy your delicious healthy vada-pav.

More healthy?

 

You can reduce the carbs (potatoes) and add paneer or soybean mixture in the vada because why not!

Last but not the least, garnish!

 

Ingredients:

 

  • dry grated coconut powder
  • fried gram/roasted channa dal/daliya
  • Red chilli powder adjust as per your spice level
  • Curry leaves
  • cumin/jeera seed
  • Garlic cloves
  • Jaggery
  • Tamarind
  • Salt as per your taste

Steps:

  1. Roast coconut and masalas 
  2. Let it cool down
  3. Grind them all 

Benefits:

  • Coconuts are especially high in manganese which is essential for bone health.
  • Contains powerful antioxidants
  • gallic acid
  • caffeic acid
  • salicylic acid
  • p-coumaric acid
  • Fat in coconut is in the form of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs)
  • And your body metabolizes MCTs differently than other types of fats, absorbing them directly from your small intestine and rapidly using them for energy
  • So may promote body fat loss

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