Dahi Vada | Dahi Bhalla

Dahi Vada (दही बड़ा) is a popular Indian snack which is made by soaking vada (fried lentil balls) in yogurt, and topped with chutney and spices like chilli powder and roasted cumin powder.  Dahi vada and Holi (festival of colors) has a strong bond in my life. Every Holi my mother used to make Dahi vada to be served for guests who used to come to play Holi at our place. As a kid, it used to give a new dimension to Holi for me. Not sure if I used to wait for Holi more or dahi vada, but I used to thoroughly enjoy the eating dahi vada whilst our faces were smeared with colors. Making dahi vada on holi has been a tradition in my family and what a pleasant surprise the same is the tradition at my in-laws place.

Dahi Vada | Dahi Bhalle Recipe | Your Food Fantasy
Dahi Vada | Dahi Bhalle Recipe | Your Food Fantasy

Dahi vada is also referred as Dahi Bhalla in Delhi and Punjab region.  Process to make dahi vada is not too complicated but requires some planning ahead as “vada” needs to be first fried and subsequently soaked in water, before it can be served.

North Indian version of Dahi vada is slightly different from that of south India (its called Thayir vadai or curd vada). Northern dahi vada is served with green coriander chutney and tamarind chutneys, in south focus is towards coconut chutney.

Dahi vada Recipe | Your Food Fantasy
Dahi vada Recipe | Your Food Fantasy

Top tip to get soft and fluffy vada is to beat the batter thoroughly, and immediately fry the vada balls. You will find your vada soft and porous, else vada can get hard and lumpy.

I always have been fan on Chaat recipes, but dahi vada holds special place perhaps due to traditional value in my family. Each bite of this soft dahi vada is heavenly.

Dahi vada Recipe | YourFoodFantasy.com
Dahi vada Recipe | YourFoodFantasy.com

Lets get to the step by step recipe of dahi vada.

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Course Snacks
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 Mins
Cook Time 15 Mins
Passive Time 4 Hours (Soaking)
Servings
People
Ingredients
For the vada
Other
Course Snacks
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 Mins
Cook Time 15 Mins
Passive Time 4 Hours (Soaking)
Servings
People
Ingredients
For the vada
Other
Dahi Vada Recipe | Your Food Fantasy
Instructions
  1. Soak the Urad dal in enough water for about 4 hours. After that, transfer it into a grinding jar with 1/4 cup of water and grind it to a smooth paste. Add rest ingredients for vada and mix well.
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  2. Whisk the batter for 7-8 minutes to make it little fluffier.
  3. Whisk the yogurt with 2 tablespoon of sugar.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan / kadhai over medium heat. Once the oil is enough heated, pour batter into the oil measuring 1 tablespoon each. Fry the vadas till they are golden in colour. Take them out and keep them on a kitchen towel.
  5. Now, for assembling the dahi vada, soak the vada in hot boiling water for few minutes. This helps in making them soft. Take vada out by squeezing the extra water with soft hands so that they don’t brake.
  6. Assemble the vada in a bowl / plate. Pour whisked yogurt over them so that they are covered nicely.
  7. Spread Mint coriander chutney and Date tamarind chutney over vada. Sprinkle chat masala and roasted cumin powder, and garnish with pomegranate seeds.
Recipe Notes
  • You must not forget to whisk the batter for fluffy dahi vada.
  • Adjust the spices according to your taste. You can add chopped green chillies to the batter before frying the vadas.
  • Adjust amount of sugar in yogurt depending upon the sourness of it. Basically idea is to make yogurt little sweet.
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