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Vegan Baked Savoury Doughnuts (Masala Vada)

Vegan Baked Savoury Doughnuts (Masala Vada)(Gluten Free)

Vegan Baked Savoury Doughnuts (Masala Vada)(Gluten Free)

Traditionally “Vada” or, “Vadai” as they are called made by fermenting rice and lentil batter, which is then hand shaped into doughnuts and deep fried in hot oil. This recipe was born, given my abhorrence for deep frying and penchant for using up leftovers, namely from the “Ven Pongal” made a few days ago. Any other sticky rice porridge should work equally well. I baked these in my Philips Air Fryer however, an oven on fan forced setting could be used too.

We need,

  • Ven Pongal – 1 cup
  • Cumin Seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Green Chilli, sliced – 1 small
  • Rice Flour – 1/2 to 3/4 cup
  • Dried Fenugreek Leaves – 2 teaspoons
  • Salt, to taste


  1. If using then, preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius and line a flat tray with baking paper.
  2. Take the leftover rice porridge in a big mixing bowl and add the cumin seeds, green chilies, fenugreek leaves and salt.
  3. Fold in the rice flour by the spoonful to get a thick dough. (I needed a little lesser than 3/4 cup, depends on how watery the porridge is to begin off with).
  4. Shape round patties out of the dough on your palm and poke a little hole in the center to make a doughnut.
  5. Bake at 200 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes. Flip over and cook for another 5 – 8 minutes if needed.

Serve the vegan baked savoury doughnuts “Masala Vada” warm with  Desiccated Coconut Chutney or, eat as is. Happy Cooking!




I am an enthusiastic plant based home cook and baker who delights in sharing my creations on unsuspecting non vegans, when they least expect it! When not recipe developing, testing or making, I'm found organising and/ or writing, the two other passions of my life ❤️


  1. Thank you so much for the shout out my dear…wow the doughnuts (Vada) look crispy and yummy…😋😋 Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe !!! Much loves and happy weekend sweetie 😊🌹

  2. K.A.M. Boham says:

    I’m going to try these! Rice waffles are one of my new favorite things. How do you think they’d work in a conventional oven with a donut pan? I can always experiment…

    1. Thanks for stopping by 😊 Using a doughnut pan is a great idea, I’d love to see how you go 😀

  3. These look great! I rely on Udipi pre-made vadas from the grocer but I guess now I will have to try making my own since you made it look so easy and yummy. Our favorite thing to do with vadas is wrap them up in a roti with some chutney and some tomato, onion, and cucumber for a savory breakfast wrap. They have so much protein, too!

    1. Thank you 😊 That is such a cool way of eating them, love the accompaniments! Hope you enjoy trying them 😀

  4. It looks so good 🙂

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