Dahi Vada - Dahi Bhalla

Dahi Vada. Image © Visage/ Getty Images
  • 13 hrs
  • Prep: 12 hrs,
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6
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Dahi Vada is North Indian in origin and can just as easily be a main dish on a hot day as it can be the perfect accompaniment to other meat or vegetable dishes on a special occasion. You can also eat it as a snack! While it looks tricky to make, it isn't and the effort you put into preparing it will be worth the delicious result.

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 cups black lentils (Urad Daal without skin)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 2-inch piece of ginger (grated)
  • 2 green chillies (chopped very fine)
  • 3 cups vegetable oil (or as needed for deep frying, or canola or sunflower oil)
  • 3 cups yogurt (thick fresh, should not be sour)
  • Red chilli powder to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. chaat masala
  • 2 tsp. cumin seeds (roasted gently and ground into a fine powder)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • Garnish: cilantro (chopped, coriander leaves)

How to Make It

  • Soak the urad daal in a bowl of water overnight. Grind it into a paste the next morning. Do not add any water while grinding.
  • Add the green chillies and ginger to this paste.
  • Mix 1 cup of yoghurt with 2 cups of water and salt to taste. Keep aside.
  • In another bowl mix the remaining yoghurt with the red chilli powder, chaat masala, cumin powder, sugar and salt to taste. Mix well. Keep aside.
  • Heat oil for deep frying on a medium flame. Grease your palms with oil and put 1 tbsp of the lentil mix in your palm. Make into a donut shape (these are the vadas).
  • Slide each vada into the hot oil and fry till light golden. Drain and put immediately into the yoghurt/water mix. Allow to soak for 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from the yoghurt/water mix and press gently between your palms. Arrange these vadas in a deep platter as you prepare them.
  • When all urad daal paste is used up and the the vadas are done as above and in the platter, pour the thick yoghurt mix over them to cover completely.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.
  • To serve, put 1 or 2 Dahi Vadas in a plate and garnish with Tamarind Chutney and green Mint-coriander Chutney.