Thursday, February 01, 2007


Fast foods like pizzas, burgers, french fries, bhelpuri and heavy rich curries are all foods that can lure us away from the strictest diet. An occasional indulgence in these fast foods is not harmful but getting hooked is. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could indulge in all such favourite foods and yet lose weight and remain trim. That's a dream for most of us today...GUILT FREE EATING.have selected some high calorie recipes which most of us indulge in on a regular basis and worked at making them low calorie yet keeping them as delicious as the original recipe.Making a few changes in the way you cook and substituting certain fatty ingredients with low calorie ones is all you have to do enjoy your favourite goodies without worrying about weight gain.


This recipe replaces the refined flour bread with a whole wheat pita. I have also omitted frying the vada altogether making it guilt free. The salad and chutney add fibre, crunch and flavour to this delicious snack. Feel free to make 2 or 3 recipes of the pita bread and refrigerate, so that you can enjoy it, anytime hunger strikes.

Preparation Time : 20 mins Cooking Time : 15 mins.. Makes 8 vada pavs.

For the pita bread

1 cup whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta)
1 teaspoon (5 grams) fresh yeast, crumbled
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon oil
½ teaspoon salt
For the garlic chutney
¼ cup garlic cloves
1 tablespoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon coriander-cumin seed (dhania-jeera) powder
salt to taste
To be mixed into a vada filling
3 cups potatoes, boiled and mashed
1 tablespoon ginger-green chilli paste
1 tablespoon chopped coriander
½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
salt to taste

Other ingredients

8 tomatoes slices
1 cup lettuce, shredded
8 onion slices

For the pita bread

1.Combine all the ingredients except the oil in a bowl and knead into a soft dough using enough water until it is smooth and elastic.

2.Add the oil and knead again.

3.Cover the dough with a wet muslin cloth and allow it prove till it doubles in volume (approx. 15 to 20 minutes).

4.Press the dough lightly to remove the air.

5.Divide the dough into 4 equal parts.

6.Roll out each portion into a circle of 125 mm. (5") diameter and 3 mm. (1/8") thickness.

7.Cook the pita breads on a hot tava (griddle) on each side for a minute or until the bread puffs up.

8.Remove and keep aside.

9.Cut each pita bread into 2 halves. Keep aside. These are called pita pockets.

For the garlic chutney

1.Blend all the ingredients in a blender with a little water to get a smooth chutney. Keep aside.

How to proceed

1.Warm the pita bread halves on a tava (griddle) and apply garlic chutney on the inside.

2.Divide the vada filling mixture into 8 equal portions.

3.Fill each pita bread half with one slice of tomato, some lettuce, one slice of onion and one portion of the vada filling mixture.

4.Repeat for the remaining pita bread halves with other ingredients to make 7 more healthy vada pavs.

5.Serve immediately.

Nutritive values per vada pav :


Recipe Source : Fast Foods Made Healthy


hobbitt said...

Ma'am , I am honoured to recieve ur comment on my post on "operation vada pav".
You are one of my favourite cuisine experts and I have a collection of some of your books, from which I keep trying recipes.

Anonymous said...

Ma'am, I am so thrilled to see your blog. Your books and recipes have inspired me to learn cooking.Thanks for everything.

Anonymous said...

Hullo Tarla,

Being a vegetarian, I look upon ur receipe only all the time to develop my culinary skill and they've helped me immensely. Thanks to you Tarla...........keep it up.........looking fwd to ur new receipes.........

Unknown said...

Dear mam,I always look up 4 ur recipies which are so precisely givwn dat even a learner or a child can follow it successfully.MY CHILDREN THOROUGHLY ENJOY UR RECIPIES .keep it up!DEEPA VKM

viji said...

I am a regular reader of your site.Really enjoy them,comes in handy when I make special dishes for the family.Great ,keep it up

Anonymous said...

Great blog. Would be even greater if you can post the pictures along with the recipes.


Anonymous said...

Namaste Tarla Ji...I love your recipes,cook books and ur blog. I keep trying ur recipes and my husband enjoys my cooking.
Thanks for everything.

Anonymous said...

Dear Tarlaben,
I have been a great fan since many years and always wanted to tell you. Love all your recipes and the magazine too...

Meena Shah

Anonymous said...

thanks soo much for the recipe!

Niki said...

hi Tarlaje,
can u pls pass me some receipes for FAST as this is shravan month going on and kids want varities every monsays and on aggayaras...and i knw u r the best in this also regular buyer and reader of ur receipes..gud day