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Baked Corn Vadai (Vegetable Paruppu Vadai)

 Published 2008-Apr-22   Updated 2017-Aug-08

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Vegetable Vadai, Baked Vadas, Healthy Vadais, Lentil Vegetable Patties)

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Today I want to share a recipe that is healthy, tasty, crispy, crunchy, spicy and extremely easy to make. This can be made as a starter for any party or get together, an evening time snack or even as an add on in a breakfast. I am talking about the versatile paruppu vada with spices and crunchiness & sweetness of the sweet corn, the corn vada

This dish is just not high in its taste quotient but also high in the health quotient due to the nutritive value of its ingredients Bengal gram (channa dal) and sweet corn. Bengal gram is the richest vegan source of dietary proteins. It is also rich in minerals like copper, manganese etc. consumption of this dal helps keeping diabetes at bay. Sweet corn is a gluten free cereal which has high levels of anti oxidants like beta carotene along with vitamin A. These are important components required for maintaining healthy skin and vision. It also helps in protection of lung and oral cavity cancers. It also contains high levels of valuable B-complex vitamins and healthy amount of minerals like zinc, magnesium, copper, iron and manganese. 

Another best part of this dish is that it can be baked with just few teaspoons of oil. Traditionally vadas are deep fried, which are without a doubt crispy and tasty. These baked ones are in no way inferior. They have the same delicious taste. It is not as crispy as the fried ones but it still quite crispy enough. Enjoy with a cup of hot tea and you will not miss the fried ones.

You would definitely not need more reasons than all of this to try this lip smacking snack.

Recipe for Baked Corn Vada

Preparation Time: 2 hours (including soaking time)
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4


  • Corn(fresh or frozen) - 1 cup
  • Channa Dal - 1 cup
  • Onion - 1 (chopped)
  • Ginger - 1" piece (grated)
  • Red/Green chillies - 4-6 (chopped)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp 
  • Fennel seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Asaefoetida - a pinch
  • Curry Leaves - 1 spring (finely chopped)
  • Salt - to taste


  1. Soak the channa dal for at least an hour. Drain and coarsely grind it in a mixie or blender. Do not add any water while grinding.
  2. To this add the corn, chopped onions, chopped red chillies, grated ginger, fennel seeds, turmeric powder, chopped curry leaves, asaefoetida and salt. Mix it well.
  3. Make balls out of the above mixture, shape them as vadas or cutlets. 
  4. Grease a baking tray and line the vadas. Use a parchment paper in the baking tray to remove the vadas easily. Sprinkle 1 or 2 drops of oil on top of each vada.
  5. Bake it in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour. You will see the sides getting golden brown and crispy. If required, bake it a little longer. I prefer to flip the vadas half way through for uniform baking.
  6. Serve hot with mint chutney or eat as such.


  • The same vadas can be made by deep frying or shallow frying too.
  • You can make the vada mixture and refrigerate too. But it will absorb lot of oil. So try making the mixture only when needed.
  • You can add any vegetable that you have on hand to make the vadais. Some of the common vegetable vadais are corn vadai, carrot vadai, beetroot vadai, cabbage vadai, broccoli vadai, spinach vadai, capsicum vadai, radish vadai etc. I also like to make Mixed Vegetable Vadais with different combination of veggies. Below is the image of mixed vegetable vadas ready for being baked and after baking.

Vegetable Vadas

Baked Vegetable Vadas
Baked Vegetable Vadas

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Comments (27)

Person   ()
I tried it the cutlets were delicious, But instead of the channa daal, I used Bread Crumbs and Cornflour for the batter, Had delicious cutlets!
Thanks a lot for sharing
Person   ()
Thanks for sharing your variations. Enjoy your day.
Person   ()
How many vadais does this make please?
Person   ()
It makes 10-12 vadais
Person   ()
I need more healthy n easy veg. Recepie
Its really helpful
Person   ()
Sure. You can browse through the site to find many more healthy recipes. I will also be adding more frequently. Keep visiting.
Person   ()
Amazing. Was always searching for a baked vada recipe. Thank you. I hv bookmarked ur website. Thnx once again
Person   ()
Thats nice. Do try it and enjoy.
Person   ()
thank u ..
Person   ()
You are welcome.
Person   ()
can i make it using gas?
Person   ()
Yes, you can pan fry or deep fry the vadas.
Person   ()
can i make this dish in microwaves ?
Person   ()
No. I don't think it will get cook uniformly. sorry,
Person   ()
came put well :)
Person   ()
Thank You.
Person   ()
If you wanted to fry these do you have to precook the channa dahl first, I'm worried that they won't get cooked through if you fry them.
Person   ()
Since the dal is soaked, you don't have to precook it. It will get cooked during the frying process.
Person   ()
can i use canned chickpeas in place of channa daal?
Person   ()
the final product will taste different... canned chikpeas is cooked....
Person   ()
Can we use bhutta for this purpose
Person   ()
yes you can.
Person   ()
shall try this too.
Person   ()
since in my oven i do not have the facility to bake, i suppose i can deep fry the same?
Person   ()
yes. deep fried always tastes better :-)
Person   ()
thank you. yesterday i had planned to make this but could not do it due to change in my schedule. my husband and daughter were supposed to go for a workshop of Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji. last moment my daughter refused to go so i had to accompany him. but it was blessing in disguise. wonderful experience. liked it. hence could not purchase corn. instead i had soaked soyabean with me. in place of corn, i used soya bean and came out very well and it was tasty too. shall send u the recipe soon.
Person   ()
Good idea... Soy bean vadais...

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Old Comments

Comment by uma iyer
    Instead of adding corn,you can add cabbage or capsicum.
Reply :-
    Oh yes. You can add cabbage, capsicum, carrot, green peas, beetroot etc.

Comment by a Meher Mirza on 13 April 2010 01:54AM
    Excellent receipe I tried it first I thought it want come out nice but I made exactly the way u have written and superb I am so thankful to u for this site pls put more receipe of diet Non-veg too thanx.
Reply :-           
    Hi Meher, Yes it is a simple recipe with few ingredients but tastes excellent.

Comment by  Aparna Ranish on 27 July 2009 09:40AM
    good one .. shall try it out and let u know.
Reply :-
    Sure Aparna.. Will be waiting to hear from you.

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