dahi bhalla vada
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Dahi Vada / Dahi Bhalla / Lentil Dumplings in Yoghurt

Dahi vada -Fluffy lentil dumplings smothered in creamy yogurt and drizzled with spicy chutneys  a North Indian snack/street food.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: snacks/starters
Cuisine: North Indian Cuisine, Punjabi Cuisine
Servings: 8 people
Author: anjanaskc


  • 3/4 cup Split White Gram / Safed Urad
  • 1.5 tbsp Moong daal/Split skinned yellow lentil
  • 2 tbsp Ginger / Adrak chopped
  • 2 tbsp Raisins / Kishmish
  • 2 tbsp Cashew Nuts / Kaju chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds / Sabut Jeera
  • 1 tbsp Green Chillies / Hari Mirch chopped
  • 1 tsp Peppercorns / Sabut Kali Mirch crushed
  • 3 cup Yogurt / Dahi
  • 2.5 tbsp Sugar / Chini

To Garnish

  • 1/2 CUP Date andTamarind chutney
  • 1/2 cup Green chutney
  • 2 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder / Jeera Powder
  • 2 tsp Red Chilli powder / Laal mirch powder
  • 1.5 tsp Black salt
  • 1 tsp Salt / Namak


  • Wash and soak both the lentils together in sufficient water for a minimum of 6 hours.
  • now drain the water and Wash them again and grind to make a smooth paste.
  • Whisk the ground lentil paste well to make it fluffy. To check if its fluffy enough - drop a small ball of batter in a cup of water,if it floats over it ,then it's done ,but if it sinks in the bottom then you need to whisk the paste some more.
  • When the paste has been whisked enough, add chopped ginger, chopped fresh coriander,green chilies, crushed pepper corns, cumin seed or Fennel seed, raisins and cashew nut pieces in it and mix again.
  • Heat enough oil in a big ,wide deep pan .
  • Dip your fingers in water and take small portions of the batter in your hand and drop small balls of it in the hot oil  OR  take the mixture in a wet spoon and drop it gently in the oil.
  • Make 4-5 vadas at a time ,don't over crowd the pan else you have difficulty while turning the sides.
  • Deep fry them to a nice golden colour on medium heat. Drain and keep aside.
  • Take approx 4 glasses of water (at room temperature)in a big bowl and  add 1 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp chili powder to it and mix.
  • Now add all the fried vadas in the salted water, cover and let them soak for 1 hour or till they become soft.
  • When the vadas are soaked well and looks fluffy and soft, take them out from the water, gently squeeze between your palm and put into the serving plate.
  • Take chilled yogurt in a bowl and whisk well, add water to adjust the consistency,add 2 tbsp sugar, salt and 1/3 tsp black salt and mix well.
  • Drizzle yogurt, date chutney and green chutney on the vadas.
  • Sprinkle roasted cumin powder, black salt and chili powder on the vadas.
  • Chili in the refrigerator and serve after some time.


1-You can made dahi vada just with white lentils (urad daal), addition of moong daal is optional.
2- Addition of ginger, raisins , green chilies, pepper corns and cashews are optional.
3-You have to beat the batter well to make soft vadas.
4-Fry them on medium heat - if you fry on high heat then they will remain uncooked from inside and if you cook on low heat, then they will absorb too much oil and may become hard.